Marsala is a wine produced in the Sicilian region of Italy, and the name selected by Pantone to describe their 2015 Color of the Year. This ruby-amber hue is earthy and muted with strong red and brown roots. Pantone states the color is “universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, and home furnishings.”
From an interior design perspective, I find the color a bit on the dull and dreary side, however, mixing it with vivid hues adds interest and energy, creating a more lively palette.
One reservation I have about Marsala is that it’s reminiscent of Burgundy, and if paired with Hunter Green, we’ll quickly revisit home interiors circa 1988. Let’s not go there!
Regardless of your personal feeling about this color, Marsala will influence the fashion, cosmetic, and design industry throughout 2015. Although I don’t envision large upholstered goods or entire rooms painted in this hue, Marsala has already made its way into home accent products.
Due to its natural earthiness, my guess is that this wine-kissed hue will have a bigger influence in the fashion and beauty industries.
Whether you prefer to drizzle Marsala on your chicken breast, sprinkle it as an accent in your master bedroom, or polish your nails with it, this rich, burnished color adds a touch of warmth to any mix.
Post-Holiday Designer Do
The warm glow of lights and shiny adornments tend to bring sparkle and coziness into our homes during the holiday season. But with the decorations put away, you might find your space feels a bit bare and uninviting.
What if you kept a few of your favorite seasonal items on display throughout the remaining days of winter? I’m not suggesting leaving the tree up until Easter, but what if some of those shiny silver accents stayed in place to keep the sparkle glowing? Just replace the holiday ribbons, bows, and candles with accents in colors that complement your room’s furnishings.
And you don’t have to ditch the fresh greenery if it’s still thriving. Sprigs of greens are the perfect accent that can keep your home feeling warm and alive throughout the winter months.