This year I’m actually really excited for the Color of the Year according to Pantone. Why? Because of it’s versatility! The last few Colors of the Year weren’t nearly as usable.
For example, the 2014 Color of the Year – Radiant Orchard – is a beautiful spring-like purple that is a bit red to be a violet, a bit bright to be able to be used in any other way than an accent color, and can really only be used during the Spring and Summer seasons.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I’m a big believer in neutrals that are also colors. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t get more versatile than beige, grey, brown, black, white, and taupe; but they don’t add nearly enough life into a design on their own. So, my method to build a color scheme (to be used for outfits, rooms, and any other project requiring color choices) is to use layers…
Layer 1: The Canvas – pick a nice basic neutral such as the classics like mentioned above or a classic with a hint of a color in it like grey with blue or a taupe with green. This will act as your backdrop. Think of this layer like a good suit or a little black dress. Sometimes you may need more than one (walls and floors, for example).
But what does this have to do with Marsala, the 2015 Color of the Year?
Reason #5: Marsala can fit into two of the color scheme layers: 2 and 3. Want to create a soothing color scheme? Grab two canvas neutrals for the first two layers and then add in your third layer with smaller doses of Marsala for some soft richness. Check out the entryway below for an excellent example using an off white, darker weathered brown, and a lovely neutral brown.
Reason #4: It is season-less – or, rather, it works with color schemes for all seasons. Need to warm up during the winter? Combine it with other rich and warm tones like the browns and creams in the living room below.
Want a bright and cheery spring? Mix with soft and vibrant tones like spring grass green, buttercup yellow, and lilac.
What about crisp summer? Combine it with other classic summer tones like nautical blues and fresh linens.
And fall has to be the easiest season to work Marsala in!
Reason #2: It is a great way of adding visual texture to a design and you know how much I love using texture to take a design concept to the next level. Think soft pieces like velvet or even shiny tones like satin; you can go either way especially if you play with various shades. In fact, the living room below uses it in multiple textures. Just like colors and tones, texture works best in layers.
Reason #1: It can be casual, formal, and anywhere in-between so it works well with many different personal styles from classic to modern, from rustic to industrial, and – of course – transitional. If you are looking to create a flattering outfit or a impressive interior (or exterior) home design, this color in all of its shades has loads of potential and flexibility.
What are your thoughts on the color Marsala for the 2015 Color of the Year? Do you plan on incorporating it into the design of your home or future outfits? I’d love to see what you do with it!
P.S. – if there are any questions or you’d like my help with creating the perfect color scheme for your next home improvement project, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments below!
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