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Marsala Inspiration

2015 Pantone Color of the Year

 

The color of the year for 2015 was announced by the color experts at Pantone earlier this month.
 
Their choice? Marsala, a warm brown-based red.
 
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According to Pantone’s website, “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. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”
 
Equally appealing to men and women, Marsala is a stirring and flavorful shade for apparel and accessories, one that encourages color creativity and experimentation. Bridesmaid dresses and menswear accessories will certainly be readily available in this tone.
 
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Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is also a great go-to color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair. Keep this in mind when planning your overall bridal party beauty plan! Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into reception décor, including flowers, linens, menus, and lighting.
 
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An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury. Keep this in mind when selecting your printed materials such as invitations, programs, and place cards.
 
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Plan to include this lovely tone in your wedding color scheme. According to the experts at Pantone, the hue combines well with many other tones. “Whether in a flat or textured material, or with a matte or gloss finish, this highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.”