Home Decor

MARSALA – the color for 2015


The spring is almost here, at least according to the calendar… Every year around this time I have a big urge to change something in my house. Of course big changes like buying new furnitures are usually out of reach but inexpensive new accessories are always way to go. One of my most favourite things to play with is paint. You can paint the entire house or just one wall. Doing that will not break the bank but it will make a huge impact. In my home, I have a special wall in the dinning area designated to my experiments with colors and textures. Last year I painted it yellow, before it was orange and grey prior to it. I’m thinking, what colour should I pick this year. In search for inspiration, I decided to check what is trendy in 2015. Every year PANTONE Color Institute picks color of the year and this year it is  MARSALA ( 18-1438).



What a great choice for a wine lover… Glass of wine, good food and great  company! Just looking at this beautiful color makes me happy and brings wonderful memories. Cozy, fun, comforting and sophisticated. And here is what Pantone’s Executive Director – Leatrice Eiseman says about Marsala:

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

Intrigued by Marsala’s beauty,  I decided to look for a paint that would be as close as possible to it.  I love shopping for any items related to home décor and home hardware stores are one of my favourites.  Buying paint can be difficult. With huge selection of colors offerd by so many companies and so many shades to choose from it is important to have some kind of reference point. I was so happy that I printed a sample of the color I was looking for because relying on my memory would end up with purchasing the wrong shade. Unfortunately, there are no returns if it comes to paint. Here are some examples how to use Marsala-like color on the walls:


With gold and beige for rich, bold, cozy look:



modern look, Marsala combined with lots of white elements



spectacular entryway



a touch of Marsala




and another way to add some Marsala to your home, and I am not talking only about the amazing brick wall…..



The best part of Marsala is its versatility. The color suits all décor styles, from traditional to modern and even industrial as well as mixes well with large spectrum of colors. Just a few ideas from Pantone Color Institute:




For all of you who got inspired and want to start painting here are some options from different paint companies. Happy painting!

* Benjamin Moore – Maple Leaf Red

* Shervin Williams – Bolero

* Behr – Awning Red

* Farrow&Ball – Radicchio

* Ralph Lauren – Venetian Clay

* Fine Paints of Europe – WC 40

* Valspar – Claret