When I first saw Marsala, I admit, I was a little taken aback. Yes, it is a lovely color, but it defies the previous years’ colors. In the last 15 years, most of Pantone’s chosen colors were bright, energetic shades. They were colors that were easy to decorate with: it’s far easier to find brightly colored decor than muted colors. (This I know to be true.) But Marsala is complex and we don’t understand it upon first viewing.
Another theory is that people loathe the choice because it’s one that conjures up thoughts rooms full of chintz and colors like hunter green, aqua, and pink. A wise woman (my mother) once told me style repeats itself. While we shouldn’t start decorating like it’s the 80s again, we can instead draw inspiration from then, remixing some of those elements in today’s decor. Using a color like Marsala in a room with modern shapes and lines is one way to do this.
If you truly compare Marsala to the style of the 80s, it’s different. It’s definitely not mauve; rather it’s a warm, earthy shade of wine. This makes it excellent to use in various decor styles, such as bohemian, rustic, contemporary, organic modern, and of course, traditional.
There are many variations of Marsala like wine, burgundy, and merlot, but these decor picks are pretty spot on to its actual hue:
Check out how these rooms have beautifully feature this color. Note the other colors used in these rooms and how they pair together well:
What do you think about Marsala? Do you plan on using it in your decor?