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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marsala will add a touch of class to any bedroom.
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.