Sunday, January 25, 2015

Decorate With Marsala, Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015.

This blogpost is designed to introduce you to a color you will be seeing alot of in 2015. Marsala is Pantone's Color of the Year and it's earthy and sophisticatedred hue promises to be a popular color choice for the runway as well as home decor. Complex and full-bodied it gets it name from Marsala, a fortified wine from Sicily commonly use for cooking to create rich caramelized sauces. Somewhere between rose and terra cotta this color has brown undertones that give it it's earthiness. Marsala combines well with metallics, another popular trend.

 As I have been researching images I became aware that there is a pretty wide-ranging interpretation of the color. I have seen people posting everything from pink and red to burgundy and calling it marsala. Make sure you are being presented with the true color when considering incorporating marsala into your home. Your designer needs a good eye for this one. 

I think marsala is especially lovely in old world style homes that are layered in textile and artwork. Bare walls of it is not my favorite look. Marsala is a color that needs to be accessoroized well and in the right hands will give you a rich, refined space.

The Color of the Year's namesake, Marsala wine.

Marsala is beeing seen all over the runways and the red carpets. Home decor is soon to follow.

My marsala inspired stairway this past Christmas. Since I am not a trend driven designer it is fun to see that I am on trend with a color I have had on my walls for years. This is such a rich, wonderful color and all who visit comment on it. Marsala is compatable with turquoise and teal, and blues

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A softened terra cotta, marsala is colorful while still remaining a good neutral to work with.

Marsala combines well wih grey, black, beige and other neutrals. Metallics are very trendy now and this color works very well with them. I love marsala with burnished gold.

Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors. 

Marsala is a wonderful color that can be the perfect background for an aged patina or weathered look.

I think it is a huge mistake to use white trim on marsala walls. Much too much of a contrast.This color needs rich golden tan trimwork like that above to be successful.

Living room decorated by JL Riccardi

If you are desiring warmth in your home's interiors, marsala might be your answer.  

Wonderful marsala Bell Jar Pendant by Niche Modern

I have always loved the color we are now calling marsala used with this shade of  terra cotta.........

and recently did a bedroom in them with small touches of marsala for accent.
This chair is covered in a deeper shade of marsala. And in keeping with the “neutrals with a hint of color trend", touches of this color are lovely against creamier walls.
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Marsala is not being very well received because people don't know how to decorate with it. Many say it looks dull and muddied. It is a rich color if you know how to use elegant accessories. Just painting a wall with it and sitting a sofa in front is not the way you work with this color.

Flattering against many skin tones your guests will look their best in a marsala colored room.

Maybe a piece or two of furniture like this chair is all you need to spruce up your home in this lovely red brown hue.

A matte finish like on these walls highlights marsala’s earthy organic nature but when you add a gloss to the mix as has been done on the panels, it compleely changes the look to that of glamour and luxury.

In this pretty dining room marsala mixes well with yellows, oranges, and deep mahogany furniture.

Marsala has a plush element to it which comes through even more when you see it on textured surfaces like the velvet of this sofa.

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The fact it looks so good on textures makes marsala  the perfect choice for rugs and upholstered furnishings.

Oriental Weavers

Marsala's red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness and looks good with natural elements like wood and stone.

Sara Gilbane

Marsala is highly compatible with amber and golden yellows. It is a good color for an eclectic interior.

If you are debating over whether to add a touch of colour to your home this year, perhaps you should seriously consider a shade of marsala.

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