marsalaThe color experts at Pantone chose Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as the Color of the Year for 2015. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, the hue “embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability.”

Florists are rejoicing on the color choice. Why, you ask? First, Marsala is universally appealing to both men and women. Second, the color can be used on its own or paired with a variety of colors beautifully. And, best of all, there are many blooms that naturally fall into the “Marsala” description.

FB-FlowerBox-04-844-lo-res Look closely at this urn of flowers. The Marsala freckled hydrangea (front, lower-center) is truly fabulous. The Pantone inspired palette is traditional and lush. Hydrangea, spray roses, carnations, sumac and leucadendron nestle into the vibrantly painted urn.

FB-377-Berrylicious-720x540Trending now, antique carnations are a surprising delight. The color variations complement Marsala and are sure to be a favorite in arrangements this year.

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Leaning a bit more to the brown spectrum, botanicals combine to create a contemporary grid design. Cones, pods, roses and orchids reflect the influence of the Marsala hue.

FB-FlowerBox-02-652-lo-resWith the continued popularity of neutral hues in 2015 weddings, you’re sure to see the addition of sophisticated Marsala. Personalized with a color-coordinated monogram and nestled into a bamboo printed vase, the bridal bouquet quickly displays and becomes a lovely addition to the bridal table.

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The Pantone color of the year for 2015 is such a wonderful choice. The hue is easy to add into your current furnishings with a throw pillow, your wardrobe with a sweater and your home decor with a floral arrangement. Let’s raise a glass and make a Marsala toast to a richly satisfying 2015.

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