Since the 1990s, Pantone’s committee of colour and trend forecasters have met annually to pick a colour that will supposedly influence fashion, beauty and interiors for the year ahead. Last month, Pantone announced that the 2015 Colour of the Year would be “Marsala”, described by them as an “earthy wine-red”. Initially I thought it would be more suited to a beauty rather than an interiors colour- (I can see myself using it as a nail varnish or lipstick, less so on a wall), but I think it does have its place in the home.
The red-brown tones of Marsala will go well with warm taupes, concrete grey, burnt umber and golds. Use with a liberal dose of white to keep the look fresh and modern.
Combine with grey and taupe for a sophisticated elegant look, livened up with bright pink in the accessories to create interest.
Terracotta shades are often found in faded old Oriental rugs. “Marsala” tones in the rug here go beautifully with the vibrant turquoise walls and natural wood floors in this boho, Moroccan inspired bedroom.
I think it looks stunning here, used in small amounts, against a deep indigo blue. I would tend to use Marsala in the accessories: cushions, rugs, artwork, rather than as the main colour in a scheme.
This sofa is a richer “berry” version rather than the true burgundy colour of Marsala and I prefer it. Red and green is a tried and tested decorating combination, and will always look good together in a traditional setting, especially where the green is a muted, earthy shade, as in the library above.
This is a more purple aubergine/fig shade and paired with fresh mint, white and glossy surfaces, will suit a contemporary scheme.
However, if you do want to use a dark shade like this on all the walls, make sure you add lots of white to keep it fresh, and accessorise with metallic accents for a sophisticated look.
So what do you think-will you be tempted to use Marsala in your new decorating project?