Decorating with Marsala, Pantone's Color of the Year

ECOS 12/09/2014
Decorating with Marsala, Pantone's Color of the Year

Pantone has announced their annual color of the year and people across the internet have some pretty mixed feelings – Marsala appears to be a real "either you'll love it or hate it" color. We think it's actually a surprisingly versatile color that works into home decor quite beautifully. Don't believe us? Check out all of the examples and inspiration below for decorating with Marsala, Pantone's color of the year.

Before we dive in, let's learn a little bit more about this color and why it was chosen. Pantone's process for choosing a color is really quite complex. Here's what they say:

"Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute™ has been designating a Color of the Year to express in color what is taking place in the global zeitgeist. A color that will resonate around the world, the PANTONE Color of the Year is a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer. Not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers.

To distill the prevailing mood into a single hue, the PCI team, led by executive director Leatrice Eiseman, combs the world looking for future design and color influences, watching out for that one color seen as ascending and building in importance through all creative sectors. Influences can include the entertainment industry, upcoming films, art, emerging artists, travel destinations and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, lifestyles + playstyles, new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

With each unique color shade having its own special symbolism, an additional key consideration is the emotional component and the inherent meaning of the color.

The color for 2015? The charismatic and highly varietal shade of Marsala; a tasteful hue that embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. Complex and full-bodied, this hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing; translating easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture."

Ready to see how it works in real life? We found a great slide-show on Houzz featuring a wide variety of ways to use Marsala in your home. Check it out by clicking on the arrows at the bottom!

If you're wondering how to work Marsala into a pleasing color palette, Pantone shared a few examples:
decorating with marsala, pantone's color of the year - ECOS Paints
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What do you think about Marsala? Planning on using it in your home? Let us know your Marsala dreams in the comments below!

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