Pantone has released its color of the year for 2015, and on the heels of last year’s wispy choice of radiant orchid, the 2015 color seems earthy, grounded, rich…muddy?
“This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors,” said Pantone.
Alas, not everyone agrees. Here, we run down the good, the bad, and the ugly of marsala in home décor.
Romantic, enticing, versatile. That’s how fans of the color describe it. Huffington Post reminds us that marsala was “Seen on the runway during Louis Vuitton’s and Dries Van Noten’s during the Spring 2015 shows.”
For home, they recommend looking to standout accessories and fabrics. Focus “on using marsala “in your selections of leathers, metals or even in accent paint. It is almost a neutral in its own right so pairing it with black, white, ivory and glimmers of metallics is a fashion-forward and glam way of using it,” they said. “Want to shed some light on the situation? Add a pulled-together Marsala table lamp that complements modern décor schemes into your home.”
Houzz likes the “earthy rum-raisin hue…partnered with colors that have a bit more life to them to keep the palette from feeling dull.”
Elle Décor recommends a “side chair, best placed in rooms with white walls so it can best pop!”
The common advice here: for the best results, go for a drizzle of marsala, not a heavy pour.
Did we mention a pour? While previous colors of the year may have more easily lent themselves to whole-room applications, a little marsala indeed goes a long way. Perhaps it’s because of the color’s visual connotation. Nylon made an entire tongue-in-cheek list of uninspired, ridiculous, and just plain gross items marsala looks like, which includes “an expired, dried-up tube of ’90s lipstick, the turkey you undercooked this year but served anyway, and the throw up that resulted from the aforementioned food poisoning.”
If you’re just not a fan of the color, well, you’re not entirely alone.
New York Magazine’s The Cut called it “icky,” while The Atlantic noted that “immediate reactions to the hue have evoked bodily functions and decrepit buildings.” The publication also skewered Marsala’s “food implications that skew decidedly un-gourmet. For a color that shares associations with wine, chicken, and mushrooms, the color also summons pfth-sounding glops of mystery meat in elementary cafeteria lunches.”
Slate didn’t make any attempt to hide its contempt of the color, rounding up others’ comments under the title “Everyone Hates Marsala.”
Love it or hate it, you’ll be sure to see plenty of marsala in fashion and home décor this year. If you’re a fan of Pantone’s choice and are looking to incorporate the color into your home, take a cue from the Coldwell Banker California’s Pinterest Board. Lonny has also provided its list of The Best Paint Color Matches for Pantone’s Marsala to help you bring “the lush, wine-inspired hue” into your home. You can also check out Houzz for more ideas.
What do you think of Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year? Will you be painting your walls marsala or waiting for next “it” color?