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8 Ways To Decorate With Marsala: Pantone Color of the Year 2015

February 17, 2015

I’m not so sure about these colors of the year lately, are you? Last year, Pantone told us that radiant orchid (post here) was all the rage. Now color experts Pantone are now celebrating marsala for 2015 which is somewhere between a dressed up version of terra cotta and a less intense merlot. For fashion, I can see it – a nice marsala lip or nail works for Autumn just perfectly. But for the home, well that’s a harder sell for  me. In fact, this is a hard post to write because marsala doesn’t appeal to me but since I like to challenge myself, I wanted to source several great spaces that incorporate marsala that even I would like. Ultimately, you can judge whether or not you’d use it in your space but my 8 tips are a great starting point if you’re a little marsala shy. And who knows, by the end of this post, this color may even win me over.

8 Ways To Decorate With Marsala: Pantone Color of the Year 2015

image: Lonny

1. In a small, bold space. If you live in a charming apartment in Chicago or Manhattan or even a bungalow in LA, and you love a good global, well-traveled vibe, then marsala can be worked in to your interior if you accent with brass and mix in lots of blue and orange. The space below looks like a textile designer, buyer for a great interiors store, mag editor, stylist, author or designer occupies this space. Someone with class and style.

8 Ways To Decorate With Marsala: Pantone Color of the Year 2015

image: Elle Decor featuring space of Interior Designer John Saldino

2. Global + Bold. Marsala needs to be either all or nothing in a room, in my opinion. A simple accent or over-the-top flashy. This space is positively soaked in tones of red, including marsala. The creamy whites and natural woods ground it as do the white cherry blossoms which make the space feel less formal. I keep seeing textiles, ceramics and art from countries like China, Turkey, Morocco and India because this color is definitely more common in those countries – I’ve been to both Morocco and Turkey and found loads of marsala in the bazaars there in everything from pottery to throw rugs.

8 Ways To Decorate With Marsala: Pantone Color of the Year 2015

image: Staffan Tollgard Design Group

3. Classy with a bit of Hollywood glam. Marsala works in a space where the foundation is neutral and the lines very classic like this elegant flat which feels very Hollywood despite that it’s in Notting Hill decorated by Swedish designer Staffan Tollgard. It looks oh so glamourous. What works here is that marsala is only used as an accent color on the dining chairs. No where else. The flowers in tones of red and purple help the space overall to feel more balanced so there is less of a contrast between the deep dark chairs and the creamy white floors, walls, ceiling, built-in bank, etc.

8 Ways To Decorate With Marsala: Pantone Color of the Year 2015

image: Pernille Kaalund for Bolig magasinet

4. A bold single piece. This eclectic modern space with a bright white base and tons of natural light is a nice place to use marsala as an accent color.  Blue, yellow, orange and red work great with this color. If you want to use marsala in this way, stick to a single piece and mix in other colors.

8 Ways To Decorate With Marsala: Pantone Color of the Year 2015

image: Pernille Kaalund for Bolig magasinet

5. Rugs. Marsala works in perfectly in rugs, have you noticed? And you can find this color in so many rugs that are sourced in Turkmenistan, Turkey, northern Afghanistan, Morocco, Uzbekistan and India. And because they’re on the floor, and usually combined with other colors and patterns, marsala becomes a nice stable tone to ground the room overall.

8 Ways To Decorate With Marsala: Pantone Color of the Year 2015

image: Pernille Kaalund for Bolig magasinet

6. Small Accents in the Kitchen. A tea box, a frying pan, wood stain, or in a rug. Mixed with indigo, a hint of mustard, brushed metal and reclaimed wood it really works without feeling dated or bad 1980’s (vs. good 80s).

8 Ways To Decorate With Marsala: Pantone Color of the Year 2015

image: Houzz

7. With bright primary orange, light gray and red. In a contemporary setting, marsala works great with bright red and orange nearby because both bring heat and energy and marsala neutralizes them a bit. With gray, wow what a winning combo! Makes marsala feel more modern and clear somehow.

8 Ways To Decorate With Marsala: Pantone Color of the Year 2015

 

image: Brittany Ambridge for Domino

8. Artwork. You may not have noticed the painted above the sofa at first glance because the rug clearly dominates, also in marsala, but the painting really brings the eye up off of the floor and harmonizes the space from a color perspective. This room is really lovely and that rug lifts the room making it feel very peppy and even a little sexy!

So, you tell me – Marsala – Pantone Color of the Year – Hell no or hello? I like it but only if it’s combined in a pattern (like a rug) or in artwork, a pillow, etc. But I don’t like it as a solid color accent (like a chair) or as a wall color. What about you?

(images linked to their sources above)






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Winter Styling With Metallics + Pastels

December 22, 2014

Dietlind Wolf has been on the blog before because she’s a huge inspiration to me. Whenever I need a creative lift, I dive into her blog and soak it all in. In fact, she is one of the best interior stylists in the world in my opinion – so forward thinking – nothing ever looks stagnant and I never feel like I’ve already seen it a million times. Several years ago we had a long chat on the phone about doing a workshop together and I’m still considering it because I’d love to be a part of any classroom experience with her. Have a look at some of her recent styling work which appeared as a supplement recently in Brigitte magazine. Isn’t this all just so fabulously inspiring?

Winter Styling With Metallics + Pastels

Winter Styling With Metallics + Pastels

Winter Styling With Metallics + Pastels

Winter Styling With Metallics + Pastels

Winter Styling With Metallics + Pastels

Winter Styling With Metallics + Pastels

Winter Styling With Metallics + Pastels

Winter Styling With Metallics + Pastels

Winter Styling With Metallics + Pastels

I don’t know about you, but seeing these pretty things and this fab color palette really made me smile today. This makes me think of Kirsten Dunst in the 2006 film, Marie Antoinette… I loved that film — the set design, costumes, all of it.

Winter Styling With Metallics + Pastels

Heavenly!

(images: dietlind wolf except for kirsten dunst, courtesy of fan pop)






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Seriously Cool Color Combos For Interiors + Stylist Kate Imogen Wood

October 23, 2014

Want to see some amazing color combos for interiors today? Kate Imogen Wood is a British stylist from the lakes region now living and working in Copenhagen. She began styling when I started blogging, in 2005, and hasn’t looked back ever since – she is obsessed with Scandinavian interiors which shows in her portfolio which you can view online here. She was nice enough to write to me to introduce herself so I thought, since I really like what I saw when I viewed her work, that I’d choose and share some of my favorites from her work below. I choose these based on primarily the color combinations. They struck me as really current and unusual – lilac with shades of green and apricot with yellow – so good! See what you think.

Seriously Cool Color Combos For Interiors + Stylist Kate Imogen Wood

Seriously Cool Color Combos For Interiors + Stylist Kate Imogen Wood

Seriously Cool Color Combos For Interiors + Stylist Kate Imogen Wood

Seriously Cool Color Combos For Interiors + Stylist Kate Imogen Wood

Seriously Cool Color Combos For Interiors + Stylist Kate Imogen Wood

Seriously Cool Color Combos For Interiors + Stylist Kate Imogen Wood

What do you think about these color combos? Aren’t they bananas? ** love ** And I’m all for the tropical theme going on at the moment, you too? I predict it will go right into the new year and be a big part of 2015 interiors, what do you think?

(images: kate imogen wood with permission)






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Fading Flower Prints By Trine Hisdal

May 26, 2014

If you are a flower lover like me, you just may love what I’m about to show you since it’s quite a unique take on the typical flower photography that you see on the walls of most homes. Trine Hisdal is a photographer based in Oslo, Norway who has captured flowers dying in a most stunning way through her new series of floral prints. Trine wanted to, “document the fragility of flowers and their short lived beauty, and how they look beautiful even as they start to fade.” This is just so, so pretty. But don’t take my word for it — Take a look, what do you think?
Fading Flower Prints By Trine Hisdal

Fading Flower Prints By Trine Hisdal

Fading Flower Prints By Trine Hisdal

Fading Flower Prints By Trine Hisdal

Fading Flower Prints By Trine Hisdal

Fading Flower Prints By Trine Hisdal

Fading Flower Prints By Trine Hisdal

Fading Flower Prints By Trine Hisdal

These limited editions are exhibited and sold at Røst, a design and interior shop in Norway. I’m in love.

(images: via Åshild Røssland by Trine Hisdal)






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Weekend Inspiration in Green

March 8, 2014

I just have to show you a few rooms in this home shot by Lina Ostling, a Scandinavian photographer who has a knock-out blog. I just LOVE the first room shown below. It’s so, so lovely and gave me a big shot of inspiration for the weekend. I adore green in all of its shades, I find it so pretty – especially this time of the year. I hope these rooms do the same for you, too – inspire!

Weekend Inspiration in Green

Weekend Inspiration in Green

Weekend Inspiration in Green

The above home is from a feature shot for Hus&Hem magazine in Sweden. Love it!

(images: lina ostling)






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Color Crush: Earthy Tones For Fall

September 5, 2013

I’m curious so please entertain me… Are any particular color palettes catching your eye lately? I’m getting bored with the usual suspects (black and white, hot pink and gray, pastels with copper, summer-y citrus hues) and am looking towards a more Autumn selection in an earthy palette with flecks of pale muddy rose and some purple. Here’s what I’m attracted to at the moment…

Color Crush: Earthy Tones For Fall

Ark Pad

Color Crush: Earthy Tones For Fall

Say cheeze | Well Travelled Woman | Adventure Dress by Esther Boller | Naturalete

Color Crush: Earthy Tones For Fall

hellanne: Kate KipleySunflower | Midwest Alchemy on Etsy, sfgirlbybay

Color Crush: Earthy Tones For Fall

Anastasia Christou

Color Crush: Earthy Tones For Fall
Mokkasin

Color Crush: Earthy Tones For Fall

suvi sur le vif

Color Crush: Earthy Tones For Fall

Photographer Nicole Franzen, whom I just love.

Color Crush: Earthy Tones For Fall

Photo by Sean Fennessy, styling by Lucy Feagins

What is your color crush at the moment? If you write your own color crush post, please link it in the comments section below so I can see it – only something you’ve written for Fall 2013 though, please. Thank you!

(images linked to their sources above, all via Pinterest.)






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