Pantone's Color of the Year: Marsala

Pantone's Color of the Year: Marsala

… And how to make it work for You…

“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us into its embracing warmth. “

Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Pantone's Color of the Year: Marsala

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Marsala

Due to its universally flattering nature, marsala is a color that appeals to both sexes.  Whether you are wearing it on your body or on your walls, its rich tone epitomizes warmth and comfort.  Just like the luxurious wine Marsala is named after, the color has a unique way of inviting relaxation, while simultaneously possessing the ability to spark the creative mind.  Its subtle and sexy, yet incredibly chic and modern. – Its the embodiment of what one desires when choosing a color.

So, the question becomes how do you incorporate it into your space?

There are varying levels of “Marsala Incorporation.”  I’m going to break them down for you according to my own interpretation.

Level 1:

Marsala colored accents and accessories.  This could include a throw blanket, a vase, some pillows, maybe a small piece of artwork… Subtle touches of this color still exude immense warmth.  If you are uncertain about committing to Marsala, this is the route you should take.  Pops of this color do not require a large investment, and as the seasons change, you may decide you want to switch up your accents and accessories with them.

Accents and accessories in Marsala = great way to incorporate this beautiful color without breaking the bank or making a big commitment.

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Level 2:

Investment pieces.  I would say that if you are ready for Level 2, you are fairly committed to Marsala.  In the dating world, this signifies definite courtship with intent for marriage.  Maybe you purchase a nice rug, curtains, a couch or chair, appliances – something that requires an investment.  This dramatic, yet grounding color can be incorporated into your space no matter your interior design style as its versatility really transcends time & fashion.

Just like a fine wine gets better with age, the rich hues of Marsala in your space will perennially bring sophistication & pleasure.

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Level 3:

Ok.  This is serious commitment – I mean marriage vow material.  Level 3 means wall color, and anyone who has ever done any painting or wall installation knows that it is a lot of work and requires a great deal of patience and time (just like any good relationship).  Also, colors like Marsala require a great deal of care when being painted because dark tones are easy to spot anywhere they are not meant to be…  Painters tape is a MUST in this situation.  My suggestion would be to choose a feature wall first, paint it, and let it be for a few days before painting your entire space.

Again, to use a wine metaphor, a little Marsala can go a long way, and a feature wall might be exactly the right amount for you.  If you still want more, GO FOR IT.  Decorate away and enjoy every second of it.

No matter your commitment level, Marsala is a great way to incorporate warmth into your space.  Its decadent, rich, warm, and absolutely stunning.  This may be Pantone’s Color of the Year, but as far as I’m concerned, its been in vogue since the beginning of time.

Wishing you a smart, stylish day…

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