Have you heard of Marsala? If not, you will soon do. That’s because Marsala is the name of the color Pantone named “color of the year”. It will soon be everywhere. Clothing lines, commercials, products and even websites. Learn how and were to use this trendy color right now!

Pantone has been the authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

Each year, Pantone announces their color trends: via color catalogs, forecasts and the most famous: the color of the year. And last week, we heard for the fist time about MARSALA.

What is Marsala?

” The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors. 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.

Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.” – Pantone website.

How to use Marsala?

Pantone does not offer this information easily, but with a little bit of web searching, I found out what combinations of properties you should use if you want to add a splash of Marsala to your work.

To get Marsala—Pantone color 18-1438—into your portfolio, use:

  • RGB, the color mode (red, green, blue) used for electronic displays: 150, 79, 76
  • CMYK, the color mode (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) for print: 25, 77, 64, 11
  • Hex, the color code used for the web: #955251