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Color Palette: Marsala + Rose

It only seems appropriate for the first color palette of the year to center on Marsala, the Pantone Color of the Year 2015. There’s already been a lot of buzz and debate about this color, and I’m sitting firmly on the side of the fence that’s completely confused over this one. For those of you not familiar, Pantone is widely recognized as the foremost color expert in the design industry and each year they make predictions about what they think will be the “it” color of the year. This year they picked Marsala, which they call an elegant statement color, a choice that has left a lot of people scratching their heads. I really thought they would go with a blue this year, something rich and saturated reminiscent of shibori. To me, Marsala is just too washed out and kind of blah to be anything special, but being the color-loving girl that I am, I decided to try and make it work for me with this palette. I really think this hue is best paired with pink, blush, rose, a bit of soft gray, and maybe a smidge of pale green. The other way I would go is maybe with a really rich scarlet and sapphire or blackberry. What do you think? Is anyone just loving this color?

Color Palette: Marsala and Rose by @cydconverse


[Photos, from top: Styling by Magnolia Rouge + Photo by Jen Huang via Grey Likes Weddings | Anthropologie | Styling by Ashley Nicole + Photo by Lani Elias via Magnolia Rouge.]

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Friday 6th of February 2015

I can now imagine myself wearing a hat marsala color. :)

Stacy {Woodsy Weddings}

Thursday 15th of January 2015

I love those boots! I think they would look incredible as a pop of color under a bride's dress or with a pair of skinny jeans.


Thursday 15th of January 2015

I'm so surprised! This is the first time since Tangerine Tango (2012) that I feel like I've been excited about the color of the year; the last two left me disappointed. Anyway, I love this palette and your pairings, I hope it grows on you :)


Tuesday 13th of January 2015

Love that you knew this one was coming, Janet! ;-) I agree that I think it has more legs in bridal styling and I think it will come across as very romantic and timeless. In home decor? Or fashion? It's still kind of giving me hives. lol


Tuesday 13th of January 2015

Thanks, Elle! This one was a bit of a struggle for me, but I have decided I do love how it looks with these colors. It feels romantic and pretty and soft, so I guess it's all in the way you make it work! ;-)