This Year's Big Colour: Marsala

This year's new "Colour of the Year" looks set to influence home interiors more than ever before...

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Every year New York colour specialists Pantone works with international designers and fashion trend spotters to select the colour tones that it thinks will influence fashion in the year, or years, to come.

Normally, the first impact of these colour ideas are on the Spring fashion catwalks, with designers' senses always finely tuned to the latest trends. But this year, home interiors, which are usually more conservative in responding to new concepts, appear to be very much in Pantone's thinking.

The word Marsala comes from a fortified wine produced around the town of Marsala in Sicily. Pantone describes the colour Marsala as "a naturally robust and earthy wine red." In fact, Marsala wines mainly come in ruby, amber and gold tones, which perhaps hints at the palette that might exist around the main "earthy wine" colour, while the company also refers to "grounding red-brown roots," defining Marsala's natural, earthy qualities.

Pantone suggests that Marsala could be an "elegant, grounded statement colour" on its own or a strong accent colour used on accessories, especially home fabrics and rugs:

"Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the colour is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture."

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