A new year is almost upon us so that means it’s time for Pantone to name their new color of the year. And for 2015 it is . . . Marsala! and my reaction is . . . I’m not lovin’ it, to tell you the truth. Which may be a surprise to my friends who are familiar with my fondness for wine.
Per Pantone Color Institute, “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.” But I’m seeing mauve.
Yes, mauve. That awful color popular in the 80’s frequently paired with forest green or even worse, turquoise, and on display at seemingly every chain restaurant, motel lobby, and nursing home across the country.
Or maybe you were unlucky enough to be forced to wear it and then have the photographs haunt you for eternity.
Representing the opposing point of view is my friend Cathy who feels that Marsala evokes earth colors, hollyhocks, roses, grapes and pomegranates. (Did I mention she’s a gardener?)
My advice is if you like deep reds and purples then just dust off that mauve and go for more saturated shades.
Saturated purple velvet on this sofa looks beautiful in front of a deep (one might even call it forest) green wall.
Beautiful deep reds on the wall, pillows and rug make this traditional room look very luxe.
Or just enjoy it in a glass, always a classic.
On another note – What exactly is going on in this photo from Pantone’s website?
The brunette uncomfortably into her Marsala fabric and the blonde staring at us provocatively while lifting a strawberry to her lips, all while under the watchful eye of a headless vest-wearing guy has bypassed edgy and ended up just-plain-creepy.
And I don’t even know what to say about this –