Mellow marsala the new top color on the block
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.