Mel­low marsala the new top color on the block

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Last year,

Pan­tone’s color of the year was Ra­di­ant Orchid. We saw the lush hue pop up ev­ery­where from web­sites to com­mer­cials, even used for ac­ces­sories like cell­phone and tablet cases. Orchid hand­bags, scarves and blouses sud­denly mul­ti­plied. But there’s a new “hot” color in town. Wel­come Marsala, Pan­tone’s top pick for 2015.

Marsala is an earthy, re­laxed red with all the mel­low­ness of the wine it’s named for. It’s de­cid­edly eas­ier to in­cor­po­rate into both fash­ion and in­te­rior de­sign than Orchid, and works well year-round in fash­ion, home goods and decor. This versa- tile shade also blends beau­ti­fully with many other col­ors.

With­out ques­tion, Marsala is a color you can live with on so­fas and chairs. Whether used as an over­all or ac­cent color in up­hol­stery, Marsala can go the dis­tance. Its rich­ness is evoca­tive of more for­mal set­tings, yet it’s a re­laxed, liv­able color that can adapt to most any style. What’s not to love about a Marsala vel­vet-cov­ered Berg­ere chair invit­ing you to linger with a book?

Whether you opt for a lighter or deeper shade of Marsala, it’s right at home in both the liv­ing room and din­ing room. It’s deep enough for a bed­room, un­like a bright red. Re­laxed and not too vi­brant, it makes a good op­tion for an ac­cent wall be­hind the bed. It’s also a nat­u­ral in the din­ing room, where red has fallen out of fa­vor but where we could use an in­fu­sion of rich­ness and warmth. (Marsala even adds lush­ness to ta­ble linens.) It’s a nat­u­ral with cream and ivory shades, and pairs el­e­gantly with gold, green and ochre.

If this color is too deep or bold for your taste, a va­ri­ety of ac­ces­sories are avail­able that will give you a touch of Marsala with­out too much of a good thing. A com­forter set can bring a rich red tone to the bed­room. Add a few other ac­ces­sories that in­cor­po­rate Marsala, to tie the com­forter to the rest of the room.

If you have a piece of fur­ni­ture that needs re­paint­ing or you’re look­ing for a project, try coat­ing a piece with Marsala and adding bold metal­lic hard­ware. An old dresser would make a nice en­try­way con­sole and feel up­dated in Marsala.

For a bolder ap­proach, try a Marsalahued rug or wall­pa­per. If you’re ad­ven­tur­ous, try re­uphol­ster­ing your din­ing chairs. Not so much? Sim­ply add some Marsala throw pillows or uphol­stered ot­tomans. In the kitchen, you could even in­cor­po­rate Marsala in dish­ware, nap­kins, place­mats or glasses.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her web­site, RedLo­tusLet­ter.com.

© 2015 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­bune Con­tent Agency, LLC.

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