Thumbs Up Or Down? Color Of The Year Is "Marsala"

Marsala is "a naturally robust and earthy wine red," Pantone says.

Every year, the design world looks to the Pantone Color Institute to find out what hue will reign for the next 365 days. 

Radiant Orchid, last year's color, had wide approval as a shade that symbolized the economic recovery, optimism for humanity, and a sense of sophisticated purpose.

This year’s color is a muted scarlet branded "Marsala". 

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," Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said. "This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

While some are thrilled with the color, others are baffled. Social media is weighing in comparing the color to "rust", "blood" or "bargain pasta sauce". 

What do you think? 


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