A Designer’s Cheat Sheet for Marsala

There are primary colors and secondary ones, there is the rainbow, there’s RGB and CMYK, and then there is Marsala – color of the year 2015. That’s right, Marsala has been declared the color of the year at Pantone. Have you been able to get the best out of this color? Probably not, which is why you are looking for a designer’s cheat sheet for Marsala.

It is a color which has taken the world of graphic design by storm, and split the population fairly evenly between those who absolutely love to use it, and those who utterly detest this particular shade of red. So what is it about this color that has raised such a furor among graphic designers around the world, even as its use continues to spread, and is only expected to increase during the latter half of the year?

We are not quite sure why so many designers seem to hate Marsala, but some have revealed that it can prove to be extremely tricky to use, with your design ruined if you pair it with the wrong color, or if you employ a shade which is just slightly off. The infographic below, A Designer’s Cheat Sheet for Marsala, will help make the use of Marsala easier, with a range of tips on how to use this rich, earthy shade of red just right, where to use it, and which colors to combine it with in order to produce the most aesthetic results.


A philanthropist by nature, Shyrose Vastani is professionally working as a digital media marketer and visual design blogger. She is a visual media enthusiast with keen interests in research, business trends and graphic design. With a background in psychology, she is passionate about learning and sharing knowledge about visual media and its impact on consumer behavior and people in general.

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