Pantone’s Color of the Year is crucial to fashion, design, home decor, and any industry where colour is pretty much the whole basis for existence. The colour for 2015 was announced as Marsala (Pantone 18-1438), a light burgundy shade that connotes a very earthy, bohemian vibe. Pantone describes the colour as “dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings warmth into home interiors.”
It is a warm, burgundy colour that matches perfectly with the grayscale tones we are see much of in our furniture right now. So little colour is actually required to give warmth to the interior – it can be a cushion, a carpet, or a bouquet of flowers. However, while this colour is quite bold with plenty of character, there is room to play with it. For example, a matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic, earthy nature; while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury.
“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability.
Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”
– Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®
Whether in a flat or textured material, or with a matte or gloss finish, this highly versatile shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and greys.
Below we have combined it with two contrasting wood floors: Kährs Oak Ulf – a rustic floor with a rich warm dark grey hue; and Kährs Oak Olof – a rustic floor with a white stain that gives the floor a true white look.