Pantone has just announced its 2015 Color of the Year:
It’s called Marsala – and Pantone says it’s “an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.”
To me, it’s more of a neutral color than a “color-color”. So it might be interesting to play with it as a neutral that supports other colors.
Of course, you don’t have to use this color in your jewelry designs.
But it’s a good idea to be familiar with it because customers often expect us to know about color and style trends.
So I’ve created six different color palettes for Marsala, to give you an idea of ways it can work with other colors.
In each of these color schemes, Marsala is at the far left.
If you don’t like the Marsala color itself, why not try playing with one of the other colors in its family – such as the three colors beside it here?
Marsala + Vintage Denim Blue:
To me, Marsala is a vintage-looking color.
I grew up in a house that was built in 1952 – and our living room carpet was a slightly grayer version of Marsala, while our bathtub tile was a darker shade of it.
So it may have possibilities in retro jewelry designs or outfits.
Marsala + Khaki and Camel:
Try pairing it with some happier-looking neutral colors, like these cream, khaki, and camel tones:
Marsala + Spring Green:
Complementary colors have a way of perking up a design – so the freshness of spring greens might inject a little more life into Marsala.
Marsala + Gray:
In a monochromatic gray or silver piece of jewelry, a tiny touch of Marsala could be a quiet, elegant pop of color.
Marsala + Turquoise:
A dusty teal or sea-mist could pull Marsala into a vintage seaside theme.
Thoughts on the
2015 color of the year
When I saw that Marsala was the color of the year, my first thought was “why?”
It didn’t seem like an especially noteworthy color.
And although some people find it beautiful, others around the internet have said they find this color depressing or even gross.
For me personally, it’s definitely not a color that works next to my complexion.
But even though I won’t be wearing Marsala, I do think it looks better when it’s used with other colors.
It works well with both warm and cool colors, and doesn’t overwhelm other colors it’s paired with.
In the color palettes above, I like it best with the grays and denim blues.
What are your thoughts on Marsala?
Is it beautiful? Hideous?
Are you likely to use it in your jewelry (or would you design jewelry to go with clothes in that color)?
Do you have any likes or dislikes of the palettes I put together above?