photo (10)  The color for this year is named “Marsala” and it is a robust earthy wine red.

Color is used to inject energy and contrast. Marsala has grounding red-brown roots that emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness and is a red infused brown color.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute who has been predicting color globally for many years, it has an emotional concept and feeds our mind, our body and our soul. She believes the color has versatility for both men and women and that we are looking for a nurturing life force.

Since it is equally appealing to men and women you will see it in fashion, especially beauty products such as nails and lips. It is flattering to many skin tones and is dramatic. Men would enjoy a tie or socks in this color.  In home furnishings it 

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brings warmth to interiors, look for it in plush, matte and gloss textures, especially used in area rugs and accessories. Play 

It harmonizes with neutrals including warmer taupes and grays. It is compatible with amber, umber, golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal and some vibrant blues. All of these pairings are on the Pantone website.the variation in color. Try layering it with metallics, like bronzy tones or copper, anything with the brown or umber undertone.with

Past colors of the year included: Radiant Orchid, Emerald Green, Tangerine Tango, Honeysuckle and Turquoise which were all more vibrant colors than this year’s. Also many paint manufactures name their color of the year not to be confused with this Pantone color. I have to admit when I first saw the color I wasn’t too sure about it, along with a lot of other industry partners, but I must say I am warming up to it. What do you think of this color? Will you use it in your daily life? Here are some examples from The Market in Las Vegas I just attended.