Late last fall Pantone announced their color of the year. They opted for a muted maroon shade called Marsala. I haven’t weighed in on the new color of the year yet, probably because I don’t particularly care for it. Marsala is dark, dank and too “mature” for today’s interiors in my opinion. It’s not quite red, but not exactly brown. It’s a bit of a muddied mix of the two.
I don’t think it’s a very attractive color. It’s dirty, flat and oppressive. It screams 1990’s bad design choices. Other designers are calling it a myriad of bad names too. One even said it looked like dried blood. Yikes! Thankfully, I am not alone in my dislike for this color of the year. The design community has revolted against it too.
Honestly, I have no idea what Pantone peeps were thinking. It’s described as a hearty earthy color that is dramatic and yet grounding. It’s being touted as a versatile color with an appeal for both men and women. ” An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication…” Well, if they say so.
I hardly see it catching on with interior designers. It may have a place in fashion and accessories, but I don’t see it having a life within a space. Perhaps its well suited to a monastery or the walls of wine cellar. It may have its place in masculine studies and on the runways of Milan, but I don’t see it taking off the way Tangerine Tango or Emerald green did a few years back.
It certainly would not be my first choice for any color scheme. I could see using it as an accent color, but certainly not a prominent color. Some decorators and designers have used it as a lead color in a space. They make it work somehow. Those that have tended to utilize the color have done so in older more traditional spaces with ornate wood work. It won’t work well in a modern, contemporary space with high ceilings and an abundance of natural light.
This is the first year I have not agreed with a color choice. From Tangerine Tango, to Emerald Green and Radiant Orchid, their previous choices have been bright, modern and delightful. Marsala is just drab and uninspired. It takes me back in time to an era of bad decisions and fugly colors. What’s next, avocado green appliances? Say it ain’t so.
As one who adores color and believes every color in the box of crayons ought to be used, this is one color I would sadly leave in its place. What do you think of marsala? Is it a yay or nay?