2015 Pantone Color of the Year in Coastal Interiors

Well, we’ve just dug out from our first big snow storm of 2015.

the path to my front door after the snow
the path to my front door after the snow

It was after my husband, two kids, and I got back from taking a drive into town to see what the village of Southampton looked like after the over two feet of snow fell that I walked the path back to our front door and was inspired to write a post about the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year. It’s not that this was an original thought. Lots of design bloggers are writing or have written about the color of the year, but for me Marsala was a tough one.

marsala pantone color of the year 2015

After all, most people don’t associate a deep burgundy/ red wine color with a coastal style home, but walking up my brick path, I started thinking of how Marsala can easily work in any coastal interior.

Coastal Combo inspired by Marsala 2015 Color of the year

I think the deep color works well as a contrast to my favorite shades of sea green, greys, and blues. The collage above has a traditional feel. The floral is Baptista Linen by Colefax and Fowler. The Ottoman stripe is Middle Kingdom Cinnabar by Kravet. Kravet currently has a lovely grouping inspired by Pantone’s Marsala on their home page, too. The trim is also by Kravet. I think if you added it to the upholstery on the chair above it would really  pop!

One of our projects in Watermill with Edenwood by Cowtan and Tout
One of our projects in Watermill with Edenwood by Cowtan and Tout

A year or two a ago we used a gorgeous linen by Cowtan and Tout called Edenwood in a dining room. The deeper tones in the pattern have the Marsala color. I loved being able to bring in the blue ones, too.

Could you incorporate Pantone’s 2015 color of the year into your home’s decor? Do you like the mix of Marsala with coastal colors? Have you used a similar color to Marsala in your home’s interior? Let me know. I’d love to hear what you think.

Happy Sunday!


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