Not too long ago, Pantone told us to break up with the youthful and peppy Radiant Orchid and bring home complex and sophisticated Marsala. Like most break-ups, we needed some time to transition and get over our separation anxiety. But now that we’ve had time to convince ourselves that we need to move on – it’s time to redecorate.
Here’s what you need to know about Marsala: Pantone describes it as “complex and full-bodied without overpowering.” It’ earthy, sophisticated, feminine and masculine, and a total bombshell of a color to work with.
Given the tone’s incredible adaptability, we’ve broken down the interior design process into three categories to lend you guys a hand. Simply read the descriptions of each personality type and pick the best one for you.
The Practical Accessorizer
For all you frequent Groupon-ers with slight commitment issues. You want to be with the times and decorate your sensible abode with Marsala but don’t want to break the bank or commit too strongly to a fad.
You want things you can easily toss in the bin of “Seasonal Decorations” or incorporate somehow into that extra room you use as a guest room/storage space. “Practical Accessorizers” run lists of “pros and cons” and will think through an idea over and over until they feel completely secure in their decision. And that’s okay. If you consider yourself one of this clan, you’re place is probably impeccable and chic in its simplicity and lack of clutter. But on the down side, you may lack points in creativity.
Candles: Incorporating color into in your home decor is so easy with candles you will almost feel like you’re cheating. Why? Because they’re affordable, easy to find, and you can never have too many. And the best thing about candles is that even if you grow tired of its color, you know it -like your regrets- will melt away eventually.
Throw Pillows: Another simple way to include Pantone’s new favorite color into your home. Find some throw pillows and literally throw them on to your couch/chair/bed. Decorating has never been simpler.
The Compulsive Thrill-Seeker
Everyone knows someone of this breed. They’re the friend who goes bungee jumping in Nepal, pays full retail price for everything, and has zero regrets about their neck tattoo they got while backpacking in Austria.
If this is you then you already know that candles and pillows just aren’t going to cut it when it comes to revamping your space. You are all about revolutionizing and expressing every last whim. The answers to your desires are simple:
Accent Wall: Throw some paint on your wall. Go all out. Pick a wall in your living room and make it your Marsala wall. Now, any person with good taste will tell you that it’s important to break up a solid wall of color with some wall decor. If you’re thinking you’d like to step up your game and some art, feel free to skip to the next section.
Regardless of what you decide to do after, when you’re peeling away the last of the painter’s tape you’re going to love all the rich earthy vibes that will be flowing through your home.
Couch/Chair: Going bold to the extreme with the right amount of edginess is tricky. Accent furniture can take you there. Obtaining the right piece of accent furniture is nothing short of a treasure hunt, but of course, you’re not one shirk away form a bit of adventure. A Marsala colored armchair would be an exquisite touch to a home library or living space.
The Art Collector
The last of our categories is reserved for those who know their Cabernet from their Chianti. Their Merlot from their Malbec. You enter their apartment and can’t tell if its the smell of fresh espresso and simply the scent of sophistication but something about their place just makes you want to live there. But the thing is, there’s no real mystery behind it. “The Art Collector” is someone who enjoys what many people call “the finer things in life.” And enjoying nice things does great things to the spirit. Good news for you is that you too can enjoy said luxuries.
Art Pieces: Fall in love with your space again by bringing a breath of life into your home and this can be done so seamlessly with a piece of fantastic art. Of course, everyone has unique tastes and buying art should be treated like an investment —an investment that has the potential to alter the way you view a room and how you feel in it. The right piece of art will do just that.
Below are some of our favorites that incorporate Marsala either as a central color or as a weaving thread that brings the piece to life.