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Mad about Marsala

Warm. Rich. Deep. Words which come to mind when we think of ‘Marsala’.

Creating quite a stir in the design, home décor and fashion circles, Marsala has arrived and how! The Colour of the Year, announced by Pantone, the world’s leading authority on colour and colour trends, is described as a ‘naturally robust and earthy wine red'.

Marsala conjures up a vivid tapestry of images and memories tinted by shades of this luscious red-brown hue:

Curling up with an inviting glass of wine and a good book... A favorite sweater to brave the winter chill.


A sheen of lustrous velvet... Decadent and care free indulgence in a scrumptious dessert.

A long drive to enjoy the autumn breeze... The rustling of fall leaves and the earthiness of bark.


The pattering of rain against the rustic flooring of a childhood home... Picking succulent treasures from the orchard.

Marsala makes its presence felt in various facets of our lives!

We think it is a great décor  accent for the home, adding a pop of colour and a dash of drama. When used sparingly through home accessories, an accent wall or a striking piece of furniture, it serves to enhance a space.

Owing to its versatility, Marsala works with a varied color palette. Here are some of our picks:

  1. Marsala and Turquoise – One of our favorite combinations. Marsala teams effortlessly with Turquoise to bring about a sense of timelessness.


  2. Marsala and Ivory – Classic Ivory provides a neutral canvas for Marsala, creating a dramatic effect.


  3. Marsala and Gold – Gold highlights Marsala’s inherent glamour, adding a sheen of luxury and a touch of the exotic.


  4. Marsala and Grey – Marsala paired with Grey embodies an understated elegance and sophistication.


According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Colour Institute, “Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”

Has Marsala’s magnetism drawn you in? What does it mean to you? What colour palette would you pair with it? Tell us via comments.

- Written by Namratha Jagadish for The Purple Turtles

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