“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 stated after announcing this as the color of the year 2015. It’s already July, so this little known fact should not come as a surprise. However, due to the rich and powerful tone that Marsala embodies, this color tends to be all but forgotten. For me, Marsala brings to mind an ethnic, Moroccan design when combined with the vibrant shades of red, blue and green and accented with gold and silver. Below is a “Moroccan Interior Design,” I produced for the Pantone contest.
I personally enjoy this color, but I tend to gravitate towards rich and/or bold tones. However, for those of you that are still skeptical, here are some ideas on how to easily transition this shade into your own decor.
1. This shade is wonderful, when used in small areas or those of transition. Enhance the deep undertones with warm, natural hues, such as reds, yellows, oranges and true browns.
2. When using as an accent, remember a little can go a long way in any room. Try combining it with shades of blue, black, or even white.
3. However, if you are one of those “go big or go home” gals/guys, then try softening it with deeper reds, browns and/or black. Keep the furniture simple with clean lines or you may run the risk of reproducing the “Red Light District.”
Below I provided some inspiration with rooms fully incapsulated by Marsala, as well as just accented. What do you think? Is this a color that you have added to your decor? If you absolutely hate it, what do you think should have been the “Color of the Year 2015”? Have a wonderful day and happy styling!