Pantone has announced "Marsala," a burnt, earthy hue similar to the color of brick, as the 2015 Color of the Year.

Typically lauded for daring, bright color choices (best suited for accent walls), the New Jersey-based design consultancy's selection this year has been received critically by many design experts as well as the general population. The Atlantic took a strong stance on the color, stating that "the reddish-brown color reminds one of rust, the grimy, gag-inducing type that lines corners or frat boy dormitory-style bathrooms," and that "immediate reactions to the hue have evoked bodily functions and decrepit buildings."

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