Every year, since the dawn of time – well not really the dawn of time, since 1990 actually, but hey close enough – the powers that be at Pantone Systems nominate one of the gazillion swatches they create as a colour of the year. Each year, the swatch is chosen based on colour trends that feature in popular culture. However, the 2015 colour of the year doesn’t seem to be too popular amongst those in the know.
Pantone 18-1438, or Marsala as it is also known, is a throwback to the glorious disco days of the 70s with its rich reddish brown hue. Pantone Systems claim that the colour was created to evoke the gourmet feel of a ripe pomegranate or to reflect the luscious hues of some fine Marsala wine. But to others the taste isn’t so sweet, with some likening the colour to the gag-inducing type of rust found around the sinkhole of a dodgy share house bathroom.
Whether you adore the rich velvety colour of Marsala, or you think it is an absolute assault on your retinas and offensive to your carefully crafted sense of style, one thing is for sure – the 2015 Pantone colour of the year certainly has a few people talking!
What do you think? Love it or loathe it?