For decades, Pantone have been considered the world’s leading colour authority. All self-respecting interior designers take Pantone’s Colour of the Year into account, when it comes to planning exciting, on-trend interiors for their clients. This week, Pantone have announced the colour for the year ahead.
Their Colour of the Year 2015 is Marsala. It’s a rich, earthy wine red, and we here at Walls and Floors love it! It’s both warm and inviting; perfect for turning up the temperature throughout the autumn and winter months, and for welcoming in your guests and making them feel ease. At the same time, it’s grounded and elegant enough to look current throughout spring, and summer, too! It really is a year-rounder.
Here’s a quote from Leatrice Eiseman. She’s the Executive Director at Pantone Color Institute: ’Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us to its embracing warmth. Nurturing and fulfilling, Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home. This hearty yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.’
So how can you incorporate this impactful colour into your home this winter season? Here are a few suggestions:
Adding marsala to your kitchen and dining room
As Leatrice suggests above, it’s a shade that works well on both the tabletop, and in the kitchen. Go out to your local florist and invest in some reddish/purple flowers. Snip the stems, and pop them in a vase. Fill a bowl with pomegranets, as they’re very close in colour to marsala, and are perfect for subtly dropping the colour into an interior. Leave it on your kitchen counter, or on the dining table. You can also cut them open and make your own juice with the seeds! Invest in marsala-coloured apron. That way, whether you’re flitting around in the kitchen, or serving dinner to your guests, there’s going to be some fashionable marsala in your home somewhere. Try swapping small appliances such as the toaster for Marsala-schemed alternatives. You can even use reddish/purple towels!
Adding Marsala to your walls
Try using our Boysenberry Decor Tiles in your bathroom, living room kitchen areas. Part of our exclusive Eden Tile collection, and designed by our in-house designer Louisa Charlotte, their purple design fits in well with a marsala colour scheme. They come in a solid-coloured linear tile, which has a glistening glitter effect, and also in a decorative vine design; with a scrolling floral pattern working its way across the surface of the tile. They’re great for creating a captivating feature wall or focal point.
Alternatively, for a more industrial approach, you could try our St Pauls Red Tiles. A bevelled brick-shaped design, they match marsala fairly closely in colour, and are perfect for piecing together a contemporary yet vintage tiling display. They’re ideal for use in a kitchen area. Use them to fit that awkward space between the worktop and the underside of your overhead cupboards. They’re incredibly easy to cut, which makes tiling around those pesky sockets and fittings a doddle.
Adding marsala to your furniture
Furniture is easily interchangeable, but it’s something that dominates a bedroom or living area. That’s why, when you’re looking to introduce a new colour scheme into an interior, furniture is a great place to start. If your armchair or two-seater is starting to look a little bit drab – if the foam is coming out of the sides, and the stitching is beginning to come apart – then why not go for this marsala sofa from Made.com
Article by Callum Chester.
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