Home Trends: Marsala
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Pantone, the self-proclaimed color authority, announced they had chosen Marsala as the Color of
the Year for 2015. Though some are wondering why the name of a delicious
chicken dish is predicted to be the trend for the New Year, others are embracing
this red wine-like color in their hearts and homes. And Kelly Bros. is no different.
We’re predicting not only clothes, makeup and accessories will be popping up
with this ’90s lipstick color, but it will be used in homes as well.
2014 saw a bold
hue of purple with Radiant Orchid that, while beautiful, was difficult to wear for some and may have
been too bold for some homes. Pantone switched from a cool color to the warmer
side of the color wheel for 2015 with Marsala. Reminiscent of red wines and
pomegranates, Marsala can be used as small accents or as the main focus as a
room in your home.
No, we’re not
suggesting you rush out and find all new cookware in this deep red (though
there will probably be a KitchenAid mixer soon). But gradually adding this
color into your kitchen will not only appeal to people’s eyes, but also their
Start out simple
by adding Marsala dishware or, for your next shindig, use Marsala napkins — all
while serving chicken marsala, of course. As red is known to stimulate
appetites, painting your kitchen or dining area the cranberry/burgundy that is
Marsala will do well in a kitchen. And, as this shade is not too dark or too
bright, it will keep a room light. This is great for kitchens that don’t
receive a lot of light during the day or for those of you who felt a cherry red
might not fare well in a kitchen.
If you want to go
the extra mile when adding Marsala to your kitchen, there is always the
opportunity of talking to designers and other home experts (does the name Kelly
Bros. ring any bells?) and seeing how to purchase appliances like ranges,
refrigerators, even coffee makers, in Pantone’s color of 2015. But choose
wisely; as it is your home you’re
doing, you want to be happy with the design and color.
Similar to kitchen
ideas, heading out to get a claw-foot tub in Marsala may not be the first thing
to try. Instead, opt for temporary changes. A new bath mat, towels or shower
curtain can give a new feel to a dull bathroom.
Going the more
permanent route, painting walls in a bathroom in the Color of the Year for 2015
is always an option. But, for a more daring choice, why not try wall paneling
or cabinets in a species of wood that channels Marsala? Redwood, rosewood and
mahogany all have reds hues that would make Pantone jealous. Having paneled
walls instead of just painted walls in a bathroom can add a new modernity that your
bathroom was missing. Browse our Wood Species Library
to see what wood best suits your personality.
For some, the name
of 2015’s Color of the Year elicits a desire to head out for Italian food. But,
for others, incorporating this color into the home will bring out the elegant
and grounded statement Pantone is hoping it portrays. Having seen a rainbow of
colors since 2009 for Pantone’s Color of the Year, a color that resembles red
wine makes us feel the bottle is half full.
What are your
thoughts on Marsala? Does the color remind you too much of the '90s or do you think it's perfect for 2015? Do you plan on using the color in your home? Let us know
in the comments below.
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