Remodeling and Home Design

The Glass is Half Empty with Marsala

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So we get that Marsala has a deep earthy tone to it, and we appreciate that.  There are home decor items that look great in this wine-y slash nail-polishy jewel tone.  Perhaps some pillar candles in the fall, a throw blanket in the winter, OPI obviously has something close, or maybe you could even find it in a Rothko for some year round enjoyment. 

Actually, you can:

But, the jury is still out at DRH on whether this should be the color of the year.  With our specialty being custom upholstery, we can't imagine recommending a sectional in this color.  Maybe in contrast piping and a few toss pillows...  Maybe.  But we think that the color of the year should hold some water in the long term- not only with accessory items, but also with big ticket purchases.

Which is why we prefer a different color.  Farrow & Ball Parma Grey.  Closest Pantone Color I could find is PMS Solid Coated 7542.  

Farrow & Ball Parma Grey

 Pantone 7542 C - closest match to Parma Grey

Pantone 7542 C - closest match to Parma Grey

This color has a neutrality to it that will stand the test of time, and it'll play well with many different colors and metal finishes.  You can use this in modern decor as well as traditional.  We even have an upholstered item on the floor that is very close to this color (the camera adjusted the actually color slightly):

 The Gia Chair- in stock at the DRH Showroom

The Gia Chair- in stock at the DRH Showroom

 Close-up of the fabric on our custom Gia

Close-up of the fabric on our custom Gia

With the blue undertones, you can play this color up in a beach house full of distressed furniture and driftwood accents, but can also use it to soften the feel of an urban loft.  The grey in it would compliment a stainless steel coffee table and dark leather sofa.  Sky's the limit.

And that's the point.  When allowing color trends to influence your home decor purchases, you have to use a discerning eye.  Don't always believe what Big Brother tells you- go with your instinct so that you'll love your pieces for a long time.  Marsala may not have been the best choice for the 2015 Color of the year, but at least it's a finite title.  It'll end.  In 7 months.