10 Creative Ways to use Marsala (and everything in between)

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As some of you may know by now, red is not widely popular among interior designers. Personally, it’s my least favorite as well. It tends to grab your attention around the room and make it appear smaller, which is why it is not recommended for most home designs. On the other hand, the global company for color matching system Pantone announced Marsala as the color of the year 2015. It is a cross between an old pink shade and terracotta, and is named after a wine produced in the region surrounding the Italian city of the same name in Sicily. Now although most interior enthusiasts are not feeling this color, there is still something interesting about this washed up red. That said, using it on larger surfaces may be tricky, but I wouldn’t mind using it in smaller accents. And I am not talking about this shade in particular. So here’s 10 ways to use Marsala and everything in between:

Flowers used to arrange these stunning dark wedding floral were: Roses, Dahlias, Anemones, Black Sunflowers, Ranunculus, Hellebores, Clematis, Scabiosa Buds, Chocolate Geranium, Succulents and Eucalyptus.

1. Flowers
I love this beautiful dark flowers arrangement by Sweet Marie Design, which is a mix of black baccarat roses, burgundy dahlias, wine colored anemones, and black sunflowers.

 

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2. Persian Rugs.
A must have in every home, and they are especially popular here in Lebanon. They can easily blend in with any color palette and any room style.

 

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3. Blankets and Throws.
Blankets are definitely my couch essentials. Marsala and similar shades go really well when paired with off whites, grey or blue shades.

 

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4. Beddings.
For a cozy bedroom ambience, I mostly prefer it on either blankets or pillows. That said, I don’t find it flattering having the whole bed in these warm shades, it’s too visually heavy.

 

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5. Couch Pillows.
They are a fun way to add a touch of color that isn’t too permanent and more warmth and character to your couch. Did I forget to mention that I love to shop for pillows?

 

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6. Armchairs and ottomans.
They make great accent elements especially in spaces with neutral palettes, and usually this is my go to tone when I like to add colors. Although it’s more striking to the eye, it appears more timeless and rich than yellow, green and blue.

 

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7. Books.
Add a pop of color to your bookshelf with a little color block styling.
Styling tip: No need for expensive book shopping when you can buy them from a thriftshop. Don’t get me wrong here, but I’d rather have books for decoration then someone throwing them in the garbage (poor little books, smh).

 

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8. Paintings.
Don’t have one? Why not paint your own? Have fun!

 

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9. Brick Backsplash.
Brick veneers are very easy to install if you want to create a cozy country look or a nonchalant industrial feel for your kitchen.
Styling tip: Veneers have been around for a while now, but it’s good to mention that they are an alternative to installing full bricks when low on budget and lacking depth.

 

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10. Kitchen Styling.
Anything from tableware to napkins, cooking pots, and why not a delicious bowl of fruits.

Trend or not, marsala can be a great color selection when used properly. Happy decorating!

 



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