2015 Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

2015 is right around the corner, and a new year means many things; in the art and fashion world, it means a new color chosen by Pantone, the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Last year, I featured Pantone’s color for 2014 (and discussed the what Pantone is if you’re not already familiar), Radiant Orchid, which symbolized an invitation to innovation, and [hopefully] encouraged us to expand our creativity and uniqueness. A beautiful harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, this past year has been filled with inspiring confidence and showcasing love and joy. How was it for you? If that doesn’t sound like your year, don’t worry, a new year also means new beginnings.

Okay, let’s get to 2015 already; introducing… Marsala. Pantone states the color as a “naturally robust and earthy wine red… [enriching] our minds, bodies and souls, exuding confidence and stability.” While the tone is rich and seductive, its versatility is great, equally appealing to both men and women along with being an excellent choice to decorate with in all sorts of ways from food to home interiors to weddings. I love the fact that it’s flattering against many skin tones and is sultry, yet subtle, enough as a great “go-to” color for beauty, providing beautiful highlight for the cheek and pops of color for nails, lips, and even hair. Take the hue even further with its texture; a matte finish highlights the organic and earthy and nature of Marsala while adding a sheen demonstrates glamour and luxury.

Confidence and stability are definitely what I need in 2015, with my recent new move to San Francisco and exciting adventures to come. I’m already a huge fan of Marsala and can’t wait to see the various ways everyone will be incorporating it throughout the year into home decor, beauty, fashion, and even food. Let’s see how various industries have already began using the color (below). For inspiration all through 2015, follow my Pinterest board where I’ll be pinning my favorite Marsala findings.

How will you be showing off this sultry, earthy hue?

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2014 Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Many of us decide on a color to incorporate into our outfits based on our moods; and others love following what’s in and trendy for the year, specifically by using the Pantone color system.

Pantone is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, from fashion and beauty to interior decor. If you watch Project Runway, you’ve definitely seen a few challenges inspired by a Pantone color of the year. The goal is to direct and study the way color influences the human thought process as well as our emotions and physical reactions. This definitely plays a vital role in the fashion industry as the color you’re wearing can absolutely set the tone for your mood.

With the New Year right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking fresh and deciding how we’re going to include new trends into our wardrobes. The 2013 color of the year has been Emerald; Pantone stated that it “served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity.” What do you think of that? Has it been a blooming, prosperous year for you? Don’t fret if it hasn’t been, since the 2014 color will be Radiant Orchid. Reaching across the color wheel to spark the imagination, the bright pigment symbolizes an invitation to innovation. It encourages you to expand your creativity and uniqueness, which is essential nowadays, as we all know. Radiant Orchid is a beautiful harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, inspiring confidence and showcasing joy, love and health.

For the fashion world, Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones illuminate the skin when worn by both ladies and gents. A showstopper, the color was seen all over the Spring and Fall 2014 runway shows. Keep your eyes peeled as Radiant Orchid will carry its way into men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories as well as beauty, decor and even food throughout all of 2014!

I definitely feel that this color is perfect for the New Year’s goals I’ve been setting which are all focused on trying new things and above all, being [and staying!] confident. Let’s plan from now with inspiration from fashion, makeup, decor and more. For even more to fuel your imagination, follow my Pinterest board where I’ll be pinning my favorite Radiant Orchid findings throughout the year. Share in the comments below how you’ll be incorporating the gorgeous hue into your year!

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