The color experts at Pantone just revealed their pick for Color of the Year for 2015. In the press release that introduced Marsala as their 2015 color choice, Marsala for interiors is said to be:
“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.”
As with every Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala will surely be received with mixed reviews. Whether you instantly love it, dislike it or are perhaps on the fence, one thing is for sure, this earthy hue is definitely a change from recent years. We’ve discovered some interior spaces with palettes that include close color matches for Marsala. Shall we explore a few of the possibilities?
Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. — Pantone
Did you notice this description of in the company’s Spring 2015 Fashion Color Report? “Interesting on its own and a wonderful contrast for other hues, PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala serves as the foundation to the Spring/Summer 2015 palette.”
Perhaps, we should have known what was coming when that phrase “Marsala serves as the foundation” was uttered. But, we didn’t have a clue, being completely captivated and distracted by the lovely yellow Pantone calls Custard. (See it in the graphic above.)
Here’s a great look at Pantone’s beautiful Marsala.
Country Living chose this beautiful Elle Decor image to show off the beauty of Marsala. Green and yellow are companionable accent colors.
Is that Marsala we see in this gorgeous Glasgow Toile by Timorous Beasties?
Deep purple and shades of Radiant Orchid (Pantone Color of the Year 2014) play well with Marsala grass cloth covered walls in this stunning bedroom.
If Marsala captures your imagination, perhaps you’ll be using it as your wall color of choice in at least one interior space.
Not ready to make such a bold move? Consider one single accent piece. A comforter, a pillow or a fringed throw in the master or guest bedroom might help you decide if Marsala will make your list of favorite colors.
For those who think Marsala is a new color, here’s a painting by Eduard Vuillard (1868-1940) to explore.
Is a home filled with shades of Marsala in your future?
Bold red may be over-powering, but not so the red-brown of Marsala. About dinner in the glow of a Marsala infused dining room, are you intrigued by the idea?
Shades of Marsala are quite stunning with pinks, coppers, golds and even oranges. This earthy hue seems to work beautifully in all design styles, from traditional to exotic.
Many exposed brick walls are a great mix of color, including reds, browns and shades of Marsala.
Remember the idea of choosing a single decorative accent in Marsala to see if Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015 will work in your home?
We leave you with a reminder of where Pantone’s Marsala color comes from. Here’s an image of a lovely, and oh so tempting dessert, vanilla and yoghurt panna cotta with Marsala wine and blueberry sauce. Get the recipe from Del Sole.
Image Sources: Pantone.com; CountryLiving.com; TimorousBeasties.com; ElleDecor.com; MyScandinavianHome.blogspot.se; MeccInteriors.wordpress.com; Attentives.tumblr.com; MixandChic.com; ArchitecturalDigest.com; BloodandChampagne.com; StarsMasquerading.tumbler.com; StarsMasquerading.tumblr.com; DelSole.co.uk.