For nearly 25 years, PANTONE has been choosing a ‘colour of the year’ which influences many artists, designers and fashionistas in their work. Last year, it was Radiant Orchid, but that’s now moving over for this year’s vintage-inspired colour, Marsala.
Marsala was featured extensively in the 70’s and is described as an ‘earthy wine red’, that according to PANTONE, is a ‘sophisticated, stylish colour that embodies confidence and stability’.
In interior design, Marsala can be used as a base colour or a striking centre piece. The versatile colour is perfect for a variety of finishes whether it be polished, matte or textured and would complement any kitchen, living room or bedroom.
The likes of pinterest users are already filling their boards with Marsala inspired room designs:
But what do the experts in interior design think of the colour that will be taking over the high streets and the interiors of our homes? We speak to nine interior designers who let us know their opinion on 2015’s colour of the year.
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‘I personally love Marsala. I think it’s a fun pop of color that looks fantastic in even modern spaces. No need to go extravagant with this color. Small portions can create a big affect. ‘
‘While I love that we are moving towards earthy, sometimes drab tones, Marsala feels heavy and a bit oppressive for me to use extensively in home decor. It’s a reminder of dusty roses and raspberries of the eighties. I see Marsala more as an accent colour in fashion items and accessories because it will compliment many skin tones. Chances are I’ll be cooking with Marsala more than I’ll be decorating with it in 2015.’
‘Marsala isn’t for me. I feel the colour doesn’t have enough depth, as I gravitate towards richer, evocative inky colours. I also can’t get over the name, as it reminds me too much of an additive-loaded curry!’
‘I love Marsala, classics never go out of style! A rich jewel-tone adds warmth to everything! ‘
‘Marsala is a full-bodied, classic color that naturally evokes sophistication and depth. It’s a beautiful hue for fashion, beauty, and home decor – I’m a fan.’
‘It’s great to see a colour of the year with so much warmth, after the brighter colours of the past few years. Still in line with the nostalgia of everything vintage, but bringing with it a modern and sophisticated warmth. Marsala works well with warm earth tones and greys. For those who want a splash of colour, team with teals, and purples. I am very much a bright colour person myself, but how could you not love a colour akin to a nice glass of earthy red?’
‘I didn’t like it at first because on it’s own it is just a bit boring. But look further and this deep comforting brown with a streak of red in it has backbone; it’s strong and will form the basis for many interior colour schemes. It’s also rather special in that it suits both masculine and feminine designs.’
‘I’m not really a fan of Marsala because it strikes me as being just a dressed-up version of terracotta. However, if you are looking for a warm colour scheme, Marsala, hits the note pretty well.”
‘I can see why Marsala has won ‘colour of the year’ it works on so many levels in fashion and the home. Enriched with deep earthy tones, it would look great teamed with light grey or cream, use it in small measures with homeware accessories and textiles’.