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Annually near the close of one year, when Pantone announces the Color of the Year for the up-coming year, we have written a blog about their color. This year is no different.

What is different – is the color.

We are very excited about the color – Marsala.

Pantone Marsala 2015

Marsala is not like the Pantone Color of the Year picks from the past several years. This red-brown color is more sophisticated, earthy and warm. Previously the colors have been brighter and not so down to earth. Last year’s Radiant Orchid was likely not embraced by the male sector, and not all the females were able to use it with their skin tones.

Adversely, Marsala is a very versatile color that can be used in beauty, fashion, home furnishing, and industrial design. This color has been a popular one for checks, nails, lips and hair in the past. Men will be able to accept this color into their world, especially in ties, socks and sneakers.

Marsala speaks to the trends of society and nurtures our mind, body and spirit. It is of course named after wine that comes from the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily. It is best know in the US as a reduction with onions, shallots, mushrooms and herbs, served with chicken, and also used in risotto or tiramisu.

Marsala wine from Marsala Sicily

In a matte finish, Marsala brings us back to nature, is confident, stable, and great as texture too. Fabrics in this red-brown color will be rich and work well with complimentary colors like greens. When Marsala has some sheen, it becomes dramatic, glamorous and modern.

We gathered some decorator fabric samples in red-brown:

Decorator fabric swatches

 

more decorator fabric swatches

We think Marsala will be an easily accepted color for decorating and see accent walls and even entire rooms, such as a dining area or kitchen, painted in this color. In smaller rooms, we will find it used as accents, such as plush towels and candles in the bath.

Here we have gathered some of our window treatment and room photos that are sporting red-brown:

EWbyKimLyon creations

If you would like a free in-home consultation with Kim to see and feel samples of red-brown decorator fabrics and the Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala,

you should call 513-398-5798 or email kim@EWbyKimLyon.com to set a date.

We hope you look forward to using Marsala in 2015 as much as we do!

And – to get you started – here’s a link to a Food Network Chicken Marsala recipe  (We are going to go open a bottle of wine now) – enjoy!

Pantone Marsala