The 2015 Color of the Year Is …

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

PantoneIf the “2014 Color of the Year” – the bright pink-purplish Radiant Orchard – was too bold for your tastes, you may find Pantone’s 2015 color choice a perfect toned down hue: Marsala. The earthy wine red is expected to warm up more interiors in the new year, and it may become your new go-to color in home staging in 2015.

Since the shade isn’t as overpowering as its predecessor, Marsala can be a unifying color element for interior spaces that can add a pop of color without proving to be a distraction.

“Nurturing and fulfilling, Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances, and linens throughout the home,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

In prepping homes for sale, expect to see the rich red tone to show up in more accent pieces and accessories in 2015, from vases and throw pillows to patterned rugs. Pantone says that textured surfaces enhance the color, which will likely make it also a popular choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture. The color is also expected to be prominent in stripe and floral patterns, such as in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding, and throws.

Here’s how some designers have been incorporating the hue.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Natalie Carpenter

    I like it. Its subtle, not too overpowering and makes a powerful statement.

  2. Love this color, not to over powering and very rich. Would be a good addition in any home or business

  3. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Home Services Alliance Agrees…Fabulous choice for 2015!

  4. I love to change the color in my house every few years this is a great complement to some of the gray tones this year!

  5. Love this deep, rich, opulent pop of color with grey!

  6. I love this color used with neutrals -add another accent in small areas like the turquoise shown in the glass panes for more vibrancy.. This is a rich tone that that adds visual interest without being too overpowering. Lighting should be warm white to enhance it.