Pantone Colour of the Year: Marsala

By Oliver Burns

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January 1, 2015|Luxury Design

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  • antone’s colour of the year for 2015 was announced last month as Marsala. The tasteful hue follows in the footsteps of last year’s Radiant Orchid with it’s purple undertones. However its richer wine, red-brown roots mean it’s suited to both masculine and feminine schemes, offering much more scope for interiors this year. Below I look at how it can be easily interpreted into any kind of interior, traditional or contemporary.
Images sourced via Brabbu (left) and Baxter London (right)

Due to the deepness of the colour, it’s often best to introduce marsala through accents in interiors. Its rich characteristics are enhanced when the colour is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for cushions, rugs or upholstered furniture. Brabbu’s Bakairi sofa or Baxter’s Mio sofa in their marsala tones will act as elegant statement piece’s in any interior space.

Image sourced via Little Greene

However if you do choose to add this welcoming hue to the walls in your home, think about its positioning. The best rooms to use dark colours are those that are north facing and naturally dark, working with the lack of light to create a sophisticated yet cosy atmosphere.

Image sourced via DMR Designs

To highlight the colour further, pair with white and dark wood flooring. The brightness of the white will allow the rich tones of marsala to pop, bringing warmth to the space.

Images sourced via Pinterest

Marsala will also work well in smaller rooms to create an inviting, cosy space. Above, the addition of a marsala bath tub works perfectly with both dark and light bathrooms.

Image sourced via Staffan Tollgard

Red hues are thought to stimulate the senses and our appetites, so it’s also a good choice for a dining area. Simply adding some marsala toned chairs can bring a new vibrancy to the room.

Images sourced via David Hicks (left) and Vogue Living, photographer Brooke Holm/Marsha Golemac (right)

Marsala  offers a richness that works well with other colours, particularly grey. Each colour compliments the other beautifully and the marsala brings warmth to the space. Above, this colour pairing can be seen in a more traditional and a more contemporary space, demonstrating how versatile the colour is.

The impactful, full-bodied qualities of marsala make for an elegant statement colour whether used on its own or as an accent.


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