Reds are predicted to be big in 2015, and none more so than Pantone’s Colour of the Year Marsala. Along with related colours such as burgundy, cranberry, and maroon, this earthy red tone is a great choice for injecting passion and warmth into a space. If you’re thinking of adding Marsala, or a similar shade, to your home in some way but aren’t sure how to go about it, then these five suggestions should help to inspire you.
Create an Accent Wall
When considering how to introduce a new colour into a space, repainting is often our first thought. However, when it comes to a deep, rich colour like Marsala, painting every wall in a room the same can cause the space to feel oppressive. There are decorating tricks you can employ to get around this – balancing up the darker colour with neutral furniture, for example – but if you want to make the most of the colour, an accent wall is your best bet. You’re still creating a warm atmosphere, only without the extra headache of how to prevent the room appearing ‘closed-in’.
Match with Complementary Colours
Marsala is no standalone colour – instead, it’s at its finest when matched with tones of a complimentary nature. Whichever way you choose to use Marsala in your home, you also have also consider which shades are most suited to it. White and beige are the clear favourites, but deep blues, purples, and greys are a great alternative if you want to exploit the intensity of the colour rather than detract from it.
Make it a Feature with Furniture
Taking an otherwise neutral space and introducing a boldly coloured item of furniture to it is a tried and tested way of livening up a room. It could be a table, a cabinet, a chair, a sofa – any piece of furniture as long as it’s allowed to stand out from the rest of the room and is not competing with other bold shades. The sofa in the picture below grabs your attention, with the rest of the space little more than a frame for what is the room’s main attraction.
Curtains, rugs, throws, cushions – textiles are an ideal solution for those who just want to add flourishes of the colour Marsala to a space without the permanence associated with painting or large pieces of furniture. Having said that, though, you can still make a real impact on a space using this decorating approach. Just take a look at the impressive floor to ceiling curtains in the example below.
Another way to bring Marsala into your home without having to fully commit to the colour is with room accessories. It could be artwork, ornaments, lamps, light shades – anything really that you can find in 2015’s signature colour. Even a simple lamp such as the one below can go a long way in infusing a room with a touch of Marsala luxury.