What’s new with color trends

Pantone is a worldwide color authority that predicts color trends in art, fashion, decor, and other industries. Each year they choose one color meant to reflect the current cultural mood. Get acquainted with the 2015 color of the year, Marsala, an earthy, wine red hue, and discover the cultural phenomena that inspired it. {artwork above by Miriam Schulman, collect a fine art print to instantly refresh your home with modern color ->collect this }

Charles James at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s retrospective on couturier Charles James influenced fashion color trends. The exhibit featured vintage ballgowns in rich palette of wine reds and earthy browns. This duo of dresses graced my instagram predicting that these hues would trend in 2015. The color experts called it a “subtly seductive shade,” so it’s no wonder Charles James used it for his striking gowns. 

Want to know what colors will be popular next year? A trip to a museum is always a sure fire way to predict trends.

Color Technology

Pantone also looks to technology when determining the color of the year. Maybe you’ve seen red-brown colored cars on the roads, like the Acura RDX, or been inspired by interior brick walls that are becoming popular again for their nostalgic feel. Utilitarian industries like cars, construction, and even electronics can embrace this color trend. Look out for Marsala headphones and iPhone cases this year. 

Tweet: #marsala is universally appealing translates easily in2 fashion beauty industrial design home furnishings +interiors http://ctt.ec/5pLuc+This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily into fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.~Leatrice Eisemen, Pantone


Beets, pomegranate seeds, red delicious apples, port wine… the list of Marsala-colored foods goes on! Pantone used many adjectives for the color of the year that could easily be applied to food. Satisfying, rich, and earthy like a home-cooked meal. You can incorporate the shade into your kitchen with deep brown plates and warm red napkins spread over a mahogany dinner table.


Tweet: #marsalaBrown is a natural fit 4the kitchen &dining room–making it ideal 4 tabletop, small appliances &linens thUout the home http://ctt.ec/0IR5e+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.~Leatrice Eisemen

Walls painted Benjamin Moore’s Middlebury Brown, featuring original art

In your home

Of course, the best way to add a touch of Marsala to your home is through art. A spectrum of warm tones, like in my painting featured below, will enhance red or brown walls in every space, lending a cozy feel to your environment. Marsala might be the year’s biggest trend, but it will remain timeless in an interior setting. According to Pantone, you can “add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint.” I recommend complementing the shade with natural or earthy paintings that feature landscapes and animals.

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19 thoughts on “What’s new with color trends”

  1. My husband is a Graphic Designer, so I am aware Pantone is a worldwide color authority which predicts color trends in almost every industry. It's really wonderful how they look in to technology to determine the color of the year. Such a informative post.

  2. The colors here are absolutely beautiful! You decorating ideas are great. I love the chair pillow/artwork combo! Diane Sullivan

  3. I am getting married this year and my colors had been planned as cranberry and ivory with a touch of gold. I cannot tell you how excited I was when Marsala became the color of the year! It has literally made it 100 times easier to find items in our color scheme 🙂

  4. Marsala is so pretty! I'm such a fan of bright colors. Not in my home but just in general. The brighter the happier! Marsala is such a gorgeous color, I don't see it often!

  5. I love that marsala is the color of the year! Have always loved this color because it's not very often you see it in fashion!

  6. I like subtle colors sometimes. I think in my house, the colors in my living room are close to the ones on those dresses at the museum.


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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