There’s always a high level of anticipation whenever Pantone, a leading authority in color and design, is about to announce the color of the year. This year, Pantone’s pick was 18-1438 Marsala- a strong and earthy wine red color. According to Pantone, the rich and charismatic nature of that color brings out some sophistication which is what people are looking for.
This year’s selection is quite different from, Pantone 18-3224 Radiant Orchid which was their choice for last year. While Radiant Orchid was introduced to promote creativity and innovation, this year Marsala embodies richness and sophistication in a natural way. Pantone arrived at this decision with the help of Pantone Color Institute. Marsala has been described as a reddish brown hue with a sophisticated and organic air. Its vintage and pleasant feel evokes elegance. Unfortunately, some people find it boring and outdated probably because they are used to bolder colors.
Marsala is expected to transform the beauty scene, fashion, graphic design and interiors. In my opinion, this earthy and sophisticated hue could work perfectly for the home. It does not have to turn your interior into a dull and boring place. It just needs to be complemented with other colors that bring out a bit more life in order to prevent the interior from looking drab.
You may try incorporate beautiful pieces of artwork made using this color scheme in your interior. Art inspired by Marsala shades will work well in a traditional setting like a living area or bedroom. The Gray and Red Birch Trees – Marsala Art painting I painted can look amazing hang on a plain white wall.
You can pair other elements in the area with reds and true browns to make the space feel a little cozier. But because the color is a little middy, it needs lots of natural light so make sure the room has expansive windows to let in adequate amount of light. The color will look even richer and more sophisticated if it is complemented with beautiful chandelier and other decorative elements and lighting fixtures.
Instead of painting a bedroom in bright red, Marsala can be a great choice because it’s not so high energy in a place where you simply want to relax and sleep. Marsala is like a combination of deep red and plenty of brown which helps tone it down and create a mellower atmosphere for relaxing.
Instead of painting the walls in Marsala, you can use it minimally in built-in cabinetry and other accessories in your home. This is actually a great idea because it allows you to easily make changes in the future. You can also work more easily with other colors if you do not go overboard with Marsala in your interior decorations.
The other option is to combine a very bold color with Marsala especially during the hot summer months. The rich color is going to add life to the room. You can paint Marsala on your exterior walls and it will look amazing too.
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