I'll admit that when I first saw Pantone's pick for the 2015 Color of the Year, I was disappointed! My style is very modern and I tend to prefer cool colors for the majority of my home, with pops of brighter colors here and there. My first reaction was that Marsala and modern JUST. DON'T. MIX!
In fact, I have had a Marsala colored chair and a pair of lamps in my home office for about 10 years, and for a while now I've been wanting to redo that room and reupholster the chair because it was feeling dated and out of place in our home.
Once I saw Pantone's selection, however, I decided to take a step back and consider whether I could instead make those Marsala pieces fit my modern style if I simply changed the colors I had them paired with. So I spent a few hours on the Houzz website searching for some inspiration of Marsala being used in modern design, and I was surprised by what I found!
Some of these rooms are extremely modern, while others are a bit more transitional style, but everyone of them appeals to my design eye. I found the color being used in lots of different ways - from subtle accents to bold statements, and while I can't imagine I'll be painting a wall or tiling my bathroom in this color any time soon, the photos I've selected do inspire me to give Marsala a second chance in my home office.
One final note before I show you the pretty pictures: not every one of these photos is an exact match for Marsala - some are a bit more redish and some are a tad more purplish, but all are in a similar color family.
Without further ado, I present MAKING MARSALA MODERN...
...PAIRED WITH BLACK & WHITE
...IN THE DINING ROOM
Transitional Dining Room by Los Angeles Architects & Building Designers Tim Barber LTD Architecture & Interior Design...IN SMALL ACCESSORIES
...ON AN INDUSTRIAL LIGHT FIXTURE
...AS LARGE ARTWORK
Transitional Family Room by Santa Monica Interior Designers & Decorators Artistic Environments, Inc.
...IN A LOUNGE
...ON THE CEILING
...ON THE FLOOR
...ON KITCHEN CABINETS
...ON THE COUCH
...ON THE OTTOMAN
...ON A LAMP & PILLOWS
Modern Living Room by Lake Oswego Interior Designers & Decorators Jenny Baines, Jennifer Baines Interiors
...PAIRED WITH NAVY BLUE
...IN A BRIGHT HOME OFFICE
...THROUGHOUT A GREAT ROOM
Contemporary Dining Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators valerie pasquiou interiors + design, inc
...IN A RUSTIC MODERN SPACE
...ON THE FRONT DOOR
...ON THE PATIO
Modern Landscape by Sausalito Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Shades Of Green Landscape Architecture
...IN A TEEN BOY'S ROOM
...IN A TEEN GIRLS ROOM
Contemporary Bedroom by Washington Interior Designers & Decorators Supon Phornirunlit / Naked Decor...ON THE WINDOWS
...IN THE BATHROOM
...IN THE BATHROOM
...AS AN ACCENT TO GRAY
...AS AN ACCENT TO BLUE GRAY
....AS A COMPLIMENT TO TURQUOISE
...ON A FEATURE WALL
Now I want to hear what you think! Do you love Marsala, or love to hate it? Can you picture it in your home? Do any of these photos inspire you to see the color differently?