Marsala: Pantone’s Colour of the year 2015

Farewell Radiant Orchid, we hardly knew you (or noticed you being used very much). Hello Marsala, Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2015

Apparently, Marsala, or 18-1438 to its friends, will “enrich our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability” according to Pantone Colour Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman.

To those of us in the UK, it may be hard to think of the word Marsala without ‘Chicken’ and ‘Tikka’ in front of it (yes, we know the spelling is different) but Pantone is actually referencing the wine rather than the curry house favourite.

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” Pantone say.

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For the record, here are Pantone’s previous nominees

· PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
· PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
· PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
· PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
· PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
· PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
· PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
· PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
· PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
· PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
· PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
· PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
· PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
· PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
· PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

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