Love wine? How about Marsala wine?

If you’re a fan of not just the taste, but the actual color, then there’s some good news for you. The Pantone Institute just released their color of the year for 2015 and it’s Marsala (Pantone 18-1438).

What is Marsala?

Marsala is one of Pantone’s many colors. If you’re looking for something similar, you may want to try looking up colors such as a dark maroon, deep mauve or wine. It’s the sort of color you’d get if you mixed a rich red with a chocolate brown.

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What Does This All Mean?

It’s a pretty drastic change from the past few years, when bold and bright colors were chosen as Pantone’s color of the year. This earthy color pick reflects the current style path. Fashion style has gone retro over the past few years. Now home design is catching up.

For those of you old enough to remember, the late 1970s and early 1980s were filled with shades of brown, orange, gold and avocado. And, of course, mauve (or in this case, Marsala). While it may seem a little strange to bring this color back, we can’t say we’re surprised.

There’s always been a nostalgic air when purchasing things for the home. Now that the kids of the 1970s and 1980s are all grown up, with a disposable income, there’s a yearning for bringing back items from their youth. Don’t expect everything to come back; we’re talking to you, wood panel walls. Do expect certain colors and styles from this era to make a resurgence.

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If you’re the type of person that likes to change their furniture out on an annual basis, you might find this color an appealing one. Big pieces like a sofa or rug wouldn’t seem out of place in a Marsala color. If big changes make you nervous, incorporate it into your home by adding accents such as pillows, throws and window drapes.

As for Marsala, expect to see more items in this color palette over the next year, in both fashion and home design. The nice thing about this color is the versatility to combine it with many other colors.