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How to make marsala work for you

When Pantone announced marsala as its Colour of the Year for 2015, we immediately fell in love. Earthy, robust and rich, it’s a wonderfully bold colour for both homewares and fashion – plus we’re a fan of anything associated with wine! It’s a big move away from the bright hues of previous Colour of the Year titleholders, such as radiant orchid, tangerine tango and emerald. Instead it’s a more grown-up, grounding choice that works equally well in large swatches or small details. It is also a gorgeous colour for autumn as it perfectly complements the season’s classic tones, from golden browns and oranges to soft greens and corals. Or for a touch of contrast to really make it pop, pair marsala with teals, muted aquas and marine blues.

Here are a few tips on how to bring a little marsala into your life:

At home

  • Marsala can be both masculine and feminine (often at the same time), so it’s fantastically versatile for the home. It’s calming enough for your walls, adding warmth to a space. However, if you’re not quite brave enough to paint your room in this darker tone, try using it for curtains or an upholstered chair instead to achieve this cosy atmosphere.
  • The plush characteristics of marsala make it perfect for textured fabrics. A velvet cushion or woven throw would make a luxurious addition to a cream sofa.
  • With its red wine colour, marsala has a natural relationship with dining. Add some dyed linen napkins to your next dinner table setting for a sophisticated look.

In fashion

  • This colour suits most skin tones (hooray!) so it’s ideal for cosmetics. We love it as a statement lip colour (fabulous in both matt and gloss), or a more subtle, yet equally stunning nail polish.
  • Small accent pieces, such as earrings or a clutch, will add drama to an otherwise neutral outfit.
  • For men, a wine-coloured silk tie or pocket square with a grey suit projects a stylish, confident image.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

 Get the look

  1. Herve Gambs silk rose diffuser, $144.50
  2. Promise nail polish, $24.95
  3. Suede fold-over clutch, $129
  4. Areaware mini French bulldog cushion, $69.95
  5. Hamsa print in marsala, $49.99
  6. Leather zip coin purse, $69.95
  7. Circle wool, velvet & linen cushion cover, $120
  8. Swarovski pearl earrings, $35

Design Month at hardtofind
At htf HQ, we’re declaring March “Design Month”! All this month we’re exploring the hottest trends and up-and-coming finds for 2015, as well as classic looks that never go out of style. Check out all our design month posts here.

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