Tips to Use 2015's Color of the Year in Your Home

Over the past month, some of our favorite paint manufacturers have announced their top colors for the new year. Kelly Moore touts the vibrant blue of its Coast Surf, Sherwin Williams goes preppy and powerful with Coral Reef, Benjamin Moore brings on the soft organic tone of Guilford Green and Pittsburgh Paints flaunts bold and bohemian Blue Paisley for 2015.

Meanwhile, Pantone, the design industry’s color authority, has chosen its own Color of the Year for 2015: Marsala, an earthy reddish-brown shade.

Marsala “has an organic and sophisticated air,” says Pantone’s Leatrice Eiseman. The color imparts “a vintage but neutral feel, which evokes pleasant memories.”

Eager to apply this hot new color to your interior? Here are a variety of ways to incorporate it.

As an accent

A splash of Marsala’s earthy hue may be just the trick for freshening your interior space. Consider a pillow, lamp or side chair to put you right on trend for the new year. Marsala’s soft lipstick-like shade is effortlessly set off by gray, white and navy blue backdrops.

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As an anchor

With a more neutral interior, Marsala can be used to anchor a space by incorporating an area rug or upholstered wall in a room. The rich, yet unpretentious shade can warm a space that may otherwise feel uninteresting.

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As a complement

To tie in some of the other colors of the year, consider pairing Marsala with a washed denim or even a turquoise shade. The unique combination sounds intimidating, but actually creates an interesting approachability in a living room or bedroom.

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As a contrast

When contrasted against white, Marsala’s ruddy tone can be as dramatic as shades of gray. White trim and ceilings contribute the perfect amount of contrast to balance a well-designed space.

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As a backdrop

With the popularity of wallcoverings and graphic images on walls, Marsala can offer the ideal backdrop to a traditional, transitional or more modern room. A wallcovering with varied shades of Marsala can create texture and interest that pairs easily with metallics, too.

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