Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press• December 27, 2014
When Pantone, the global color authority, announced Marsala, as the Color of the Year for 2015, it created a firestorm of discussion among those of us who love color and advise our clients on how to use it.
The color, a deep, reddish brown, is called "a naturally robust and earthy wine red." It has been greeted with an interesting, lukewarm response from the interior design community and color enthusiasts.
It's been called a "fall" color.
Not a "go to" color. A sad color.
The color of rust. The color of blood. Yikes!
As soon as it was announced, someone was quoted as saying said it was the color that resulted from a very bad hair color job.
One designer said that it is the old-fashioned dusty rose color that take you back to the 80's. And not in a good way.
Ouch. I am beginning to feel sorry for poor Marsala. Like a fine wine, it may or may not get better with age. We have a year to see.
As a Fort Myers interior decorator, I love color. It's just plain fun to see what they came up with. Of course we aren't all going to go out and repaint our homes but it's always fun to see the reaction and ways that it can be used in our homes.
I always go back to color advice from Coco Chanel:
“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”
Who can argue with that advice?
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute says "Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability."
This seems like a lot of pressure on a color.
"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 natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors."
It's definitely earthy and warm.
Granted, this color is seen all over the fashion runways and it is gorgeous and flattering when done in a slightly more burgundy than rust version. With the ever-growing popularity of floral prints and striping, variations of this hue will likely carry into men’s and women’s clothing throughout next year. Marsala is also a popular choice for jewelry and fashion accessories, including handbags and shoes.
And Sephora has already unveiled a color palette for its beauty lines. Marsala seems to be an appealing shade that’s flattering against many skin tones. Add some drama with nail polish or lipstick.
But what about in our homes?
I don't "love" this color. But I do like the warmth. My favorite way to use it would be as an accent and there are lots of ways to do this if you like it. I would also suggest pairing it with blues, turquoise and teals along with and lighter colors. But it's a bit tricky, so proceed cautiously!
Lamps, throws, napkins, a front door, an accent wall in an entry. Take your time. Try it out in a nail polish and seen what you think. The richness just may draw you in.
To coordinate with the announcement Kravet has put together a collection of paired fabrics in Marsala. From textured neutrals to vibrant patterns and prints, this collection offers immediate options for clients interested in seeing how this color may be incorporated into their homes.
Locally, Amy Jimenez, Kravet's showroom manager at Miromar Design Center in Estero, has some suggestions:
• Marsala is a bold color that can add warmth to any interior.
• It combines beautifully with neutrals such as gray, black or beige and can be used in either traditional or modern design.
• Marsala is the perfect candidate for a rich, classic leather sofa, chair, ottoman or desk top in a study.
• It can also add a splash of color in a room on an accent wall, as a finish on small occasional tables and/or accessories.
• Select from an array of prints and textures that incorporate this new color, to be used on upholstery, drapery, bedding, table linens, throws and pillows.
Wrenda Goodwyn is a Southwest Florida interior decorator. Home Inspirations appears the first Saturday of each month. Visit her website at spectacularspaces.com. Call her at 949-1808 or e-mail email@example.com. For more decorating tips and photos, visit spectacularspaces.com/blog
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