Yesterday Pantone, the leading authority on color, announced Marsala as their pick for Color of the Year 2015. They describe Marsala as “A natural robust and earthly wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls”. Pantone.com
At first I thought it was in the brown family so I got out my Pantone color deck. I’ve circled it above, you can see it is in the red section with just enough brown added to make it warm and friendly.
Close matches of some commercial paint companies to Pantone Marsala. Benjamin Moore-warm earth, Glidden – Rusty red, Behr – Pompeian Red.
In-person interior design consulting, especially for color, will never be replaced by the internet. True color is one of the most difficult to convey on the computer screen since monitors have differing color settings.
Keeping this in mind, Marsala sometimes appears rust, red or brown. Holding a color sample in your hand is best so pick up one of the paint samples or order a swatch directly from Pantone.
Color Values of Marsala in Pantone, Hex and RGB.
I use the color’s formula when specifying in my graphic design software. While it will never be the exact color on the computer screen or phone, it is a close representation.
A collection of descriptive words I found on social media from interior designers across the country. Love it or hate it, Pantone’s Marsala is it for 2015.
Nail lacquer by OPI aptly named “OP-I Love This Color”
Uses of Marsala
Hints of Marsala in the sofa and carpet are brought to the window in embroidered silk swags and cascades.
Marsala walls were the ideal selection for this formal living room repurposing – A wine tasting room!. The gold and taupe of the custom draperies pair well with Marsala.
Tones of Marsala in this leather sofa are brought out with the custom accent pillows. Rich gold is a natural partner to Marsala.
Various fabrics with Marsala make up this custom pillow that enhances the leather chair.
A classic Cape Cod style home in New England is the draws on the warmth of Marsala background fabric for the custom bedding and draperies.
An array of mixed fabric pillows with pops of Marsala.
Timeless design in this room I did about 20 years ago. Rustic New England style with rich woods, terracotta flooring, antiques and custom window treatments. This room could be found in a farmhouse anywhere in New England today.
Marsala the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015. It’s all about wine, cheers!
Where would you use Marsala in your home?
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