Thursday, 19 February 2015

A bit of Marsala is good ….

The Pantone colour for 2015 is Marsala & it is hardly a surprise as it is a rather traditional colour with warmth & depth.

However, it is one of those strong colours which divide & conquer the masses.

Some find red too traditional, too striking, too much.


We have a large red living room wall at home that hubby loves & I tolerate & work around. It is Rectory Red - easily marsala in colour & it works only because the room is large, light & bright - otherwise I fear it would be oppressive.

I would happily paint over it but it is one of those compromise decor issues.

How do I get around the large marsala (red by any other name) wall?

Our home decor tends to incline towards 'global trend' as we incorporate things from our travels & various countries we have lived.  That global range uses marsala as a block or accent colour.

I love ceramics & interesting fabric which provides the thread running through our home.

Our living room curtains were made from a long length of Ralph Lauren fabric that I loved & which tied in to the red wall. A local seamstress made them up for the bay window & they provide the colour palette for the room with their earthy tones.




A large piece of hunting fabric which I framed to compliment the curtains


A cosy knitted throw echoes the pale outer curtains & walls …. in truth, it helps to break up the dark wall & sofa combination


Natural solid wood & leather bound books add the earthiness that is needed.


I gathered the pantone coloured ornaments in one group rather than all over the space - two trays on the console table keep them as a group.


Various textures that I love - feathers & antlers - very organic :)



A vintage family tray holds elements from our African trips …


That is how I do global Marsala at home, by bringing in various shades & textures. On trend - no, just working around a red wall that is liked.

Will you be embracing the pantone colour of Marsala this year? How will you do it? Inspire me please.

Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always enjoyed & appreciated.
Dee ~♥~

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