“While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.
“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. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”
Unifying, Earthy and Dramatic — Yet Grounding!
Watch as Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, talks about Marsala’s versatility as a nurturing and robust color in this interview.
While I love the purples and pinks color family as I wrote about last year on our blog 2014’s Radiant Orchid, I like the versatility of this color. It’s very much a neutral color and you can pair it with metallic tones, vibrant colors, softer hues and it even stands great on its own. Liz Lynch has an awesome inspiration article on Domaine about incorporating Marsala. Check it out here. It inspired me to look for ideas – home, decor and fashion. Let’s see what ideas I can find on Pinterest.
1. Warm It Up
First and foremost, this color is a warm and rich color. Add warmth or coziness to any room with by accessorizing with Marsala – so appropriate for the winter season or stark cold spaces.
2. Make it Pop – Pair with Other Neutrals and Textures
This color already has a rich earthy tone – so why not pair it with other whites, creams, browns and soft grays for a neutral haven. Dont be afraid to create some contrasts and mix some textures. This basically says to add Marsala to anything in my closet – well 75% of it.
3. Oooh! Something Shiny! Pair It with Metallics
Bronzes, golds, rose golds – um yes, please!
4. Mix with Cool Colors
I love teals, blues and greens (whether vibrant or muted) with this rich neutral, since its a grounding color. Personally, I like the muted colors or the deeper cool shades because they bring a vintage vibe – it can be relaxed and it could also be opulent. I definitely wouldn’t mind this color palette in my room this winter.
5. Pair with Other Warm Colors
You can also add a little punch of electricity or a bohemian vibe with Marsala by pairing it with vibrant oranges and pinks and even bright purples (I’ll add purple to anything when I can). Ignite your romantic side by adding the dramatic influence of Marsala to softer warm colors.
What do you think of Marsala?
What’s your own color of the year and how are you incorporating it in your home his year?