2015 Color of the Year – Marsala

5 Ways to decorate with Marsalamarsala color of the year

The design world was taken aback slightly when Pantone, the world authority on color, announced Marsala as the 2015 Color of the Year. It was seen as a step darker from last year’s color of Radiant Orchid. Earthy deep red Marsala is a hue named after its red wine namesake.

There has been much discussion in the design world over this color decision. Most designers are very hesitant on this choice and wondering why it was chosen. Such a deep contrast from last year and from previous years of brighter colors.

Naomi Watts looking stunning in a gown in Marsala
Naomi Watts looking stunning in a gown in Marsala

Some designers are so bold to venture that it will fizzle out by the end of the year and we won’t see Marsala in the design world. It has hit the fashion industry by storm. You even see it on the red carpet. Browse any bridal magazine and you will see pictures of the bridal party, both bridesmaids and groomsmen dressed in Marsala. It’s a very elegant color that looks good in leather jackets, pants, dresses, purses, shoes. Did I leave anything out ?

Marsala was a very popular color many years ago. As we see in fashion and home décor, colors and styles repeat themselves. They resurface with a different twist in order to renew our interest. When it was popular years ago, we called it wine, burgundy or even oxblood.

I’m not placing any bets, but I think we will eventually embrace Marsala. It’s a perfect complement to the current favorite walls colors of various shades of gray or muted whites that you often see these days. It’s breaks up the monotone colors of gray walls, gray couches and grayish pillows.

Depending on how brave you are, or not, let’s take a look at 5 ways you can decorate using Marsala this year:

1. As an accent wall.    Marsala is a rich warm color.  It would make an inviting statement as an accent wall to an entry way or a dining or eating space.

accent wall, marsala
It’s fitting, Marsala, named after the red wine, is found in the eating area. The wall art so pops with the wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous accent wall in Marsala makes a rich statement in this entrance way.
Gorgeous accent wall in Marsala makes a rich statement in this entrance way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Paint an entire room using Marsala. Do a small room like a powder room or if you’re bold enough do an entire dining room or a bedroom.

 

Powder rooms are a place where you can go a little wild. Marsala has traditionally been popular in powder rooms because of their deep rich bold color.
Powder rooms are a place where you can go a little wild. Marsala has traditionally been popular in powder rooms because of its deep rich bold color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rich color of Marsala is offset by the light colored furniture and doors.
The rich color of Marsala is offset by the light colored furniture and doors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Furniture is an easy way to add a pop of color, it doesn’t require a lot of work like painting a room does, and when you get tired of the color, you can easily replace the item for something else.  Some pieces of furniture are more of a commitment like a couch for example or a hutch.  But an accent chair, ottoman or accent table can add fun and mix things up a bit.  

This chaise lounge brings a pop of color into this neutral living room.
This chaise lounge brings a pop of color into this neutral living room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marsala buffet, compliments of Apartment Therapy.
Marsala buffet, compliments of Apartment Therapy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marsala couch by Koket. The pop of color is a welcome complement to the neutral wall color.
Marsala couch by Koket. The pop of color is a welcome complement to the neutral wall color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ottomans in Marsala adds the pop of color this room craves for
Ottomans in Marsala adds the pop of color this room craves for

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Home décor is a good way to ease yourself into trying out this new bold color.  Try adding wall art, pillows, rugs, curtains and/or lamps to complement your furnishings.

Various pillows in Marsala.
Various pillows in Marsala.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

marsala, rug
This beautiful Marsala geometric rugs complements the white accent chair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This bedroom needed the pop of color the curtains provides.
This bedroom needed the pop of color the curtains provides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Bedding

Marsala will add a touch of class to any bedroom.

The pillow, pictures and throw in Marsala pops this neutral master bedroom.
The pillow, pictures and throw in Marsala pops this neutral master bedroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who couldn't resist putting this lush gorgeous bedding on their bed ?
Who could resist putting this lush gorgeous bedding on their bed ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think ? Are you inspired now to use Marsala in your home ? Or are you hoping it fades away and by the end of 2015, and people will be saying Marsala what ?  Let me know.

 

Debi Collinson is a Designer.  She renovates “fixer uppers” to flip or to rent.  She staged houses for 10 years. She has seen houses at their best and their worst. Debi passes on her knowledge to help people Add Value to their Home while making their home a stunning retreat at the same time.

 

COMMENTS

  • Avatar <cite class="fn">Renee Rissman</cite>

    Hi there! Back in 08-09, when GM went under, (my husband was one of the 1600 management that after 22 years, was let go)….so we had to down size from a 2700 Sq ft home to a 1500 Sq ft home.
    I am having such a hard tme with down sizing! My biggest problem is my kitchen…my current kitchen is so small that I keep having to give my things away because I just don’t have the room for it anymore. The basement is small and half finished, so I dont know how to build down there to give more room for my cooking gadgets (Vitamix, Kitchaid stand mixer, entertaining dishes etc…my bedroom closet is much smaller, no room for most of my clothes and shoes. Although, we are back on our feet, my husband is 63 and we really dont want to get into a larger house payment at this time. Can you please give me some ideas on how to make this all work? I am in school for nursing and when I graduate my husband will retire. He had a heart attack 2 years ago and is under a lot of stress at his current job. So this, he must do. I’m hoping to make this little house work for us. I would appreciate any ideas you may have.

    Thank you so very much,

    Gal with a dream : )

    • Avatar <cite class="fn">Debi Collinson</cite>

      Hi Gal with a dream! Thank you so much for your question. That is a GREAT question. I helped one client move from a 4 bedroom home into a 3 bedroom apartment. It’s not easy to downsize whatever the reason might be, but it is doable. Over the next couple of weeks, I will do several posts that will hopefully answer your question.

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