How to Use Pantone’s New Color of the Year, Marsala, in Contemporary Interiors

Each December, the Pantone Color Institute announces its Color of the Year, forecasting the next “it” color for the following 12 months. Last week, Pantone announced that the 2015 Color of the Year is 18-1438 Marsala, a muted red-brown with a kind of vintage spirit.

“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. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors,” Pantone proclaimed in a company press release.

 

Pantone Marsala

 

The design blogosphere has largely reported Pantone’s announcement, and many creatives promptly expressed enthusiasm for this sophisticated and warm hue. Not everyone was as enthusiastic about the color Marsala, though. Someone called Marsala “icky”, someone called it “tired, cold and dated even before the ink dried on the press release”, and The Atlantic pointed out that Marsala reminded some people of “blood, the freaky dried kind whose iron content has been exposed to the air long enough to evoke a dull brick.”

While it’s a great choice for makeup, Marsala is not one of my favorite colors for interiors because it’s very classic. Sometimes it reminds me of faded velvets from the 1970s.
Anyway, if you know how and where to use it, it works well even in minimalistic contemporary interiors.

I think Marsala works best with leather and glass in accent pieces and accessories. I own an Artifort Tulip leather armchair in Marsala red, and I absolutely love it in my living room.

By the way, it is interesting to note that both Akzo Nobel (read here about its Color of the Year) and Pantone have indicated warm red-brownish hues as their most popular colors for the next 12 months. Is it just a coincidence or is it a big trend we must seriously consider?

Do you like Marsala and want to use it in your interiors? Then take a look at our selection of Marsala-colored pieces and get inspired!

Auto-reverse by Giuseppe Viganò for Arketipo

Auto-reverse by Giuseppe Viganò for Arketipo

Esedra by Monica Förster for Poltrona Frau

Esedra by Monica Förster for Poltrona Frau

Glowbelly Lamp & Steamboat by Tan Lun Cheak

Glowbelly Lamp & Steamboat by Tan Lun Cheak

Leonard by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti

Leonard by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti

Tulip Armchair by Artifort

Tulip Armchair by Artifort

Kate chair by Roberto Barbieri for Zanotta

Kate chair by Roberto Barbieri for Zanotta