Pantone Announces Color of the Year

Dec 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm |

2014 drawing to a close marks a time for looking back at the year’s highest highs, lowest lows, and brightest achievements.

Since the turn of the last century, the color printing and manufacturing company Pantone Inc. has determined its annual Color of the Year. This year’s winner? Marsala.

No, don’t think mushrooms.

Marsala is actually a town in Sicily, and the winning color – technically called Pantone 18-1438 – more closely reflects the wine produced in that region.

Pantone’s marsala color is warm, sensual, and comforting, like a velvety terra-cotta with both earthy and fruity tones. We wouldn’t mind seeing this up on a wall or on an array of furnishings and accessories in the kitchen or den. What do you think about the Color of the Year?


Pantone has stated that they try and reflect the zeitgeist or spirit of the age in their winning color. What does marsala say about our society today? It’s certainly a big improvement from last year’s winner, Radiant Orchid.

If you want to keep your house and wardrobe up to date with only the latest and most fashionable colors from the past decade, check out all of Pantone’s previous winners here. Or watch Pantone’s Twitter announcement below:  

The color experts at Pantone Inc. just announced the long-anticipated Color of the Year! What do you think about this year’s new hue? See it here…