After Pantone announced its 2015 Color of the Year, there has been grumblings. But I actually like Marsala and think, when used correctly, that it can really make an impact in a home. The color is versatile and can be used to complement various interior styles. If you like this year’s chosen color as well, here are some ideas for making Marsala work in your own space.
Create a vintage style
From modern to rustic, Marsala can be incorporated into many different decorating styles. One style people might not think to use Marsala with, however, is vintage. The Color of the Year goes well with cream, lace and weathered furniture. Consider adding a pop of Marsala in your antique-style living room with a chair, rug, poof, or even a chandelier.
Marsala can be glamorous, too. Pair the color with other jewel-tone furniture and accessories, metallics and luxurious fabrics to get the look just right. Shades of gray provide a rich backdrop in which this color can really pop and come to life.
Update the dining room
On its site, Pantone writes, “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.” So what better place to use Marsala than in the dining room? Red hues are also said to be stimulating, which means decorating with this year’s Pantone color can encourage lively conversations and increase appetites.
Accent with Marsala
If Marsala is too rich a color for your taste, use the hue in more subtle ways. Smaller decor items and accessories allow you to enjoy the robust color without overwhelming your space. Search for a Marsala vase or switch out your accent pillows or your draperies with a new hue.
Paint the wall
No matter what interior style you like best, an easy way to update the look is to paint the walls Marsala. If you feel the color is too strong for all four walls, try painting just one instead.