Decorating with Marsala, the Pantone Color of the Year

Hello Everyone and Happy New year! I’m Sarah from Just The Bee’s Knees back again to share another inspiring mood board with you this month.

With the start of a new year upon us, I love to look ahead at the trends that are forecasted and dream up exciting spaces! Last year I talked about 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, and although I really liked the brightness and liveliness of last years violet hued color, I’m super excited about Pantone’s pick for 2015: Marsala! (Interested in the Sherwin-Williams’ pick for 2015? Check it out here.)

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I’m loving this warm, earthy burgundy tone, especially paired with soft blues, greens and turquoise accents that have been so popular in home decor. I pulled some colors from the image above and interpreted them into my mood board this month!

Decorating with the Color of the Year- Marsala on

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How beautiful is that rug?! And the warmth of the Marsala toned drapes looks just gorgeous paired with the plush, turquoise velvet sofa. As you can see, you only need a touch of Marsala accents to bring this trend into your home. If you don’t have soft blues or greens in your home, Marsala also looks great with warm browns and grays.

Let’s take a look at some inspiring images of interiors that use this color beautifully!

Decorating with Marsala via @Remodelaholic

Decorating with Marsala via @Remodelaholic

Decorating with Marsala via @Remodelaholic

Decorating with Marsala via @Remodelaholic

Decorating with Marsala via @Remodelaholic

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This color is one that I think works well in small doses, but it also looked fabulous enveloping an entire room! Warm, rich Marsala painted walls make these spaces feel so inviting and cozy, don’t they?! Marsala is so versatile and right on trend with the  Moroccan Chic look we have been seeing lately. This color can also be found in a lot of the exotic Killim rugs that have become wildly popular again.

Tips for Decorating with Marsala

So what do you think of Pantones pick for color of the year?! Love it, hate it, or indifferent? Are you going to incorporate this color into your home this year?! If so,

  • DO mix Marsala with soft tones of blues and greens.
  • DON’T be afraid to use this color in large doses! Its warm, inviting nature won’t overwhelm your space.
  • DO have fun with it! It’s relaxed bohemian feel lets you incorporate some accents in an informal way.


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Thanks again to the Remodelaholic team for having me here today! I’d love for you to pop over to my blog and take a look at around! See you again next month!

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xo Sarah


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  1. Looks great! I am not usually a big fan of anything in the “red” family, but you paired this beautifully with the turquoise and with trendy accents!

    @Seeking Lavender Lane

  2. We just painted our hall this color and our adjoining living room, bi-level entry and dining room turquoise and it looks great! The only thing is it is room darkening. The hall was yellow and now you need to turn on a light many times when before you did not.

  3. I wasn’t to impressed with this color when it was first announced but now I see how you used it especially paired with the accent colors (love that sofa) the color has grown on me. Great mood board

  4. This looks like the “oxblood” color trend in cosmetics a few years back… It’s not my cup of tea, but it is a very rich and sophisticated color.