This years Pantone Colour of the Year 2015 ‘Marsala’ is described as ’Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.’ Keep your eyes out for it this season, in my opinion it’s a wine red colour (and I’m all for wine in any form!) but maybe a little bit too similar to my old school uniform for my liking!
On the other hand Farrow and Ball are encouraging a step away from the infamous ‘Elephant’s Breath’ and championing a fresh new pallet, including ‘Breakfast Room Green’ which they describe as ‘feeling lively at any time of day. Taken straight from nature it makes us feel safe and calming our home environment. Its slightly botanical feel creates a fresh room when paired with complementary 'James White' on the ceiling. It’s best contrasted with stronger 'Calke Green' on the woodwork to recreate the colours derived from the irregular staining and tinting found in plants and vegetables. Complete this leafy look, with 'Light Gray' as an accent colour in the back of shelves, on the floor, or as random stripes on the wall to create a really exciting, fashionable interior. This trend reflects a shift away from hard, graphic interiors to a softer more natural feel with a modern twist.’
So brown or green…..any takers?