PANTONE revealed Marsala as the Color of the Year for 2015. Ever since the release, I’ve been hearing negative and positive feedback about the selection. At first I thought it looked dated, very 70s or 80s style (this tended to be the negative feedback), or that it looks like organs. Yuck.
Everyone knows color and fashion trends go around and around, resurfacing every decade or so. Yes, if you paint Marsala on a wall with a matte finish, it’s going to look dated. If you buy a lamp base (in Marsala) but use an old lampshade from your grandmother’s antiques stash, it’s going to look, well OLD. The trick is to find ways to keep it modern looking.
– Use it with metallic accents
– Include texture
– In furniture, find items with clean lines
– Combine with other colors of similar saturation
– Find it on unusual items
– Used in striking ways
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