Marsala: Pantone's 2015 Colour

Marsala 2015's Colour

After last years bright and bold Radiant Orchid, Pantone the world's colour authority has named Marsala as 2015's colour of the year.

Marsala is Universally Flattering: Works with Neutral & Brights 

“This highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.”


 This bold, refined earth colour may be used as a base or accent. Rich brownish-red tones are pleasing in both contemporary and traditional spaces.

“Complex and full-bodied without overpowering, Marsala provides a unifying element for interior spaces. 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. 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. The hue will be especially prominent in striping and floral patterns found in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding and throws.”


Named after a fortified wine, it is an earthy colour that will flatter everyone. It is a great complement for your accessories and home decor. 

Mix Marsala Using Tintex Fabric Dye:

  1. Marsala can be created by mixing a custom colour using Tintex Fabric Dyes; use a basic mixture of 2 teaspoons Brown, 2 teaspoons Scarlet Red and 1/4 teaspoon Charcoal Grey with 4 Cups of very hot water.  
  2. Adjust the Marsala colour to the intensity that you like just by adding more/less of the suggested amount of product or changing the dye colour (within the same colour family).  
    • Experiment using a different Tintex brown fabric dye (Dark Brown, Tan Beige, Beige) or red (Cardinal Red) 
    • If needed, sub Black fabric dye for Charcoal Grey: use 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon (depending on your intensity preference)