Home Decorating With Marsala, Pantone's Colour of the Year

Tips and tricks in using this "subtly seductive shade" in your space

Updated on June 06, 2017 10:06 am

Jerni Camposano

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Marsala, Pantone's 2015 Colour of the Year, presents myriad ways it can refresh and accentuate various spaces in your home.

"This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors," according to Pantone. "Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors."

Add a dash of elegance to your abode by incorporating this year's star shade in your home's furnishings, accent pieces, paint, and overall theme. Here are some ideas to get you started on decorating with Marsala.

Front Door

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Make an unforgettable first impression by giving your front door a lick of fresh paint in this lovely shade.

Dining Room

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Red is said to stimulate both appetite and conversations, that's why it's a hue recommended for dining rooms. Marsala, a vintage wine red colour, makes for an excellent choice for wall paint as well as for dining chairs in the very room where we share good food and great stories.

Kitchen

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Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director at Pantone Color Institute, also recommends Marsala for the kitchen because of its nurturing and fulfilling appeal. Kitchen cupboards and island countertops in this wine-inspired hue up the wow factor in these contemporary and country kitchen spaces.

Bedroom

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Walls splashed with the seductive shade complement crisp white trim very well. Bedroom walls in this colour provide just the right amount of warmth and comfort, making you want to snuggle more under your cosy comforter. Did you also notice how romantic-looking these bedrooms are?

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The Marsala-coated headboard provides a dramatic contrast against the white and neutral shades in this bedroom.

Bathroom

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Find your bath space quite boring? It's time to update it using the trendiest colour of the year. Marsala in your bathroom—whether on the walls or in a single item like the tub (if you're afraid to go all-out)—provides a luxe touch to the most intimate room in the house.

Staircase

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Spice up your stairs by giving it some character. Dark Marsala stripes on this runner lend an interestingly elegant look to your staircase.

Entertainment Room

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Marsala, a red wine hue, makes way for a more intimate and mellower mood. Imagine how relaxed the vibe will be if this colour plays prominently in your entertainment room?

Colour Combos

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A pairing of blue and Marsala furnishings creates a harmonious vibe in this living room. It's fun and playful without going over the top.

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Take a cue from this study room on how green and Marsala, a deep shade of red, can complement each other. A sometimes intimidating and bold combination, this duo lends a little interest to an otherwise laid back space.

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So you've always wanted to pair your two fave colours, red and yellow, but are too afraid they might be too loud for your interiors? A little play around tone and saturation and voila—a toned-down red to go with your sunshiny decor! The bright yellow chair pops out in this beautifully styled room, thanks to the Marsala accent wall behind it.

Rustic Country and Moroccan Interiors

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Whether you're going for the rustic country theme or are trying to achieve the Moroccan chic look, you can use Marsala to jazz up your space. It's a flexible hue that can bring on some vintage charm as well as create an eclectic and casual ambience.

Accent Pieces

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You can also prettify your home with only a minimal touch of the hottest colour this season. A splash of Marsala in accent pieces such as the rug, curtains, and throw pillows will do the trick of refreshing your interiors.

Cover photo courtesy of theinteriorproject.com

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