“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us into its embracing warmth.”

– Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Every year, Pantone selects a unique color to represent the upcoming year. This annual design tradition provides great insight and can be an excellent jumping-off point for your interior design.
The new color of the year is Marsala – an earthy, robust color named for a red wine. Today, we’ll take a closer look at this color, as well as some ways it can be used in your own designs.

About Marsala

Marsala takes its name from a wine produced in Sicily. The tone evokes natural ideas – earthy and robust, grounded and nurturing – yet is sophisticated and versatile enough to work in a variety of situations. A rich and full-bodied red, it’s strong enough to work as a unifying color while also able to be used as an accent without overpowering the room.

Designing with Marsala

Red tones are very strong, and although Marsala is a bit earthier you still must take care when designing with it. Warm colors are said to ‘advance’ on the eye, so using Marsala in a smaller space may have the effect of making it feel more cramped. This effect can be mitigated by combining it with other tones in a clever way. Marsala’s earthy feeling means that it goes well with metals or metallic colors like bronze, copper, or umbers; this makes it an excellent choice for kitchens or bathrooms. In addition, it can be complemented with similar colors (like oranges) or colors on the other side of the color wheel (like teals or blue-greens).

Flooring Ideas

Marsala works well as a ‘layered’ color – rather than being used as a basis for the entire room, it looks best combined with other tones. Use a similar tone of hardwood to add warmth to a room, or lay a Marsala rug on a lighter carpet to add an impressive highlight, or. Carpets and rugs are especially good for Marsala, as the fabrics enhance the rich feeling of the shade.

If you’re thinking of redesigning your space for the New Year, be sure to give Floor Coverings International a call today! Our design specialists will work with you to set up a free in-home consultation to help you find the perfect look for your home.

More information can be found on Pantone’s website: http://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21163