January 19, 2015

How to Use Pantone’s Color of the Year in Your Home

Posted by Treetopia in Home Decorating with Treetopia

When Pantone talks, designers listen. Pantone’s color forecast is so influential, it inspires trends in everything from fashion to furnishings to phone accessories. In this article, we tell you more about 2015’s hottest color trend and share some ideas on how to incorporate it into your home décor.

Pantone’s Color of the Year

Pantone’s pick for color of the year is Marsala, a beautiful, earthy shade named after the famous dessert wine from Sicily.

A rich, reddish color with a deep brown undertone, it leads a broader palette assembled by Pantone as a refreshing return to nature. Described as sophisticated yet grounded, Marsala is a robust color that is meant to evoke feelings of strength and confidence.

Decorating Ideas for your Home

According to Pantone Color Institute Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman, Marsala is a “subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in its embracing warmth.” This specific quality makes Marsala a versatile hue for home decorating as it appeals to men and women alike.


Tasteful and hearty as its oenological namesake, Marsala is a perfect fit wherever food is prepared or enjoyed. As you can see in this image, a reddish-brown island counter brings a beautiful punch of color to a bright and airy kitchen.

Take note how the back of the bookcase is painted in a similar red shade, adding a greater sense of depth to its light-colored shelves.

If your kitchen has a very light or neutral palette, consider adding a hint of Marsala to spice up your space. Painting just the doors of hanging cabinets can help create eye-catching contrast. Try painting the frame of a window to attract attention to your beautiful outdoor scenery. If you’re not keen on coloring large areas or items, try painting less-prominent pieces like a small stool, a spice rack, or a message board.

Dining Room

The color red is often used in restaurants as many believe it stimulates the appetite. The Marsala-like shade used on the accent wall in the photo below helps makes the dining area cozier and more intimate, which in turn, makes mealtimes more enticing and enjoyable.

There are many manageable ways to incorporate this fashionable shade into your dining room. Heighten the elegance of a traditional dinner table with a Marsala-colored table cloth or table runner. Marsala napkins give a predominantly white table setting extra flair, while burgundy-tinted candles add a perfect pinch of romance.

Living Room

According to Pantone, Marsala is enhanced when it is used on textured surfaces. This makes it a great choice for area rugs, blankets, and furniture upholstery.

As the decorative rug in the image above shows, Marsala has such lush qualities that just a touch of it instantly makes any neutral-colored space more elegant and welcoming.

Pillows and seat cushions are an easy way to incorporate this sophisticated shade into your living room. If you love this color but prefer it in smaller doses, there are plenty of accessories you can try, like wall clocks, art prints, table lamps, and vases.

Are you planning to incorporate Pantone’s color of the year into your home? We’d love to see the gorgeous results, so don’t hesitate to share your photos or ideas in the comments section.

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