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2015 Pantone colour of the year: Marsala

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Everyone has gone a little crazy about the new Pantone colour for 2015, which was revealed earlier as Marsala. Part way between a dark dusty pink and a light burgundy, Marsala is a rich hue, and contrasts greatly against the vibrant violet winner of 2014, titled Radiant Orchid. An earthy and natural colour, Marsala is predicted to take both the fashion and interior decorating worlds by storm, as it so easily fits into a wide range of existing colour palettes and home styles. Whether you are recreating a scene from King Louis' palace in Versailles, or adding a sultry accent to a minimalist space, Marsala matches each and every situation.

If you are keen to preview how to implement this outstanding colour into your home, take a look at the examples provided below to see how the 2015 winner can feature in your home. Take a look…  

Romantic accents

Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan   by Annie Sloan
Annie Sloan

Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

To start, we see this rich and earthy shade on a retro side table. Vibrant and elegant, this piece has been given a completely new lease on life with this passionate lick of paint. You can just imagine a myriad of different furniture items styled in this colour, from classic to modern, the possibilities are endless. Whether your bedroom, living room or bathroom needs a boost, you can do so with Marsala!

Kitchen capers

Any colour which is derived from red, is known to increase the appetite, hence why this colour is quite commonly used in restaurant and cafe design. A residential kitchen needn't be any different, and this image shows how a colonial and classic styled set of woodwork looks incredible painted this vibrant shade of red. 

Sultry shades

Adding colour through delicate details is a great way to slowly but surely introduce a new colour into your existing palette. Working wonderfully against other neutral colours, the Marsala shade will help make your interiors shine. On this vase, you can see how texture and colour come together to add an extra dimension, allowing the object to stand out boldly against the plain background. Whether this is positioned atop a vintage or modern dresser or table, filled with white or rich red roses, this glamorous tone is sure to bring any life-lacking space into the present!

Back in fashion

 Living room by LUCY retrò & chic
LUCY retrò & chic

Divano Chesterfield modello 'Old Fashion' in pelle 'Deluxe Mulled Wine'

LUCY retrò & chic

Red leather—probably a term we haven't heard widely used since the 80s, but buyer beware, it's making a resurgence! This colour adds a bright and welcoming accent to an industrial or modern themed living room, bringing a dimension and boldness that wouldn't be there otherwise. 

Minimal effort, maximum effect

For those who prefer to keep the base colours at a minimum, you can always add Marsala through other interchangeable elements. Why not brighten up your bathroom and hang up some deep red towels to offset the white or grey tiles? This is a great way to add a quirky and romantic feature to a fairly muted and serene space. 

Musical chairs

In a largely minimalist and modern space, we see the Marsala colour added to a set of dining room chairs. Completely lifting and adding rhythm to the room, the red has the same effect as it does in the kitchen—stimulating the appetite. In this example, you can see how easy it is to add this deep shade of red to any room!

Loud & proud

 Dining room by Pascal Arquitectos
Pascal Arquitectos


Pascal Arquitectos

In this last example, you can see a shade similar to Marsala used on the walls. If you want to go all out, by all means do! This earthy red accent brings a whole new aspect to the space; take a moment to imagine what it would look like had it been left white. Sure, this much of an accent is not for everyone, but if you love the colour, why not?

To see homify's interior decorating forecasts for 2015, click here.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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