“A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls.”


                                   Why Marsala? It’s simple. Pantone states online it makes for an elegant, grounded statement, whether it stands on its own or serves as a strong accent alongside other colors.

                                              “Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth,” said                                                       Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute’s executive director in a prepared statement.

                                              Think luxury. Imagine deep, burgundy wines waiting to meet your lips. Think romance.

                                              “This hearty yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty,                                                industrial design, home furnishings and interiors,” Eiseman states.

                                               It’s time for a Marsala state of mind. -Gina Columbus, @GinaColumbusAPP, app.com

Phillip Jeffries "Out for a Spin" Merlot on Putty Manila Hemp

Phillip Jeffries
“Out for a Spin”
Merlot on Putty Manila Hemp


Have you always wondered just how the color of the year chosen?   Until this year, I had never really researched this much myself…so here is what I found…

“We have a committee at Pantone and we’re all very well traveled, and we’re all invested in color and looking for clues that engage us,” says Eisman. “If we’re seeing color in high fashion that’s where envelope is pushed first— before it goes more mass market.” Eisman says Pantone also looks to current films in production for settings and wardrobe, the art world, popular travel destinations for indigenous hues, and sporting events for team colors when calculating the next “it” shade. With up to 10 people on the committee how do they narrow it down? “Everyone has strong opinions, but it’s always astounding to me how many people are on the same wavelength thinking the same thing,” says Eisman.

Canyon Jute Rug, Surya

Canyon Jute Rug, Surya

The overarching message of this year is the soothing, warm, inviting…we have shifted from the vivid tones of the last two years…

wild orchid

2014-Wild Orchid



…and are preparing for a “marsala state of mind”….

Below we have taken a few inspiration boards for client projects and modified them giving some ideas for how we would incorporate this rich color into a design…it doesn’t need to be THE focal color…”just a dab will do ya”…

dining room family room seating area

Keep your eyes open…you will be surprised where pops of Marsala will quietly, subtly weigh in…

Remember our vintage chair recovered in the fabulous Schumacher fabric...look closely...marsala for sure!!

Remember our vintage chair recovered in the fabulous Schumacher fabric…look closely…Marsala for sure!!

labels: Inspiration