Colour of The Season: Marsala


Here at Arlo & Jacob, we're always looking to bring you the latest interior design tips, tricks and inspiration, which is why we've started our Colour of The Season series. What better way to start it off than with Pantone's “Colour of the Year 2015”?

Masala Colour Moodboard


Why we love Marsala

*It's incredibly sophisticated, with its natural earthy-brown tones, yet beautifully warm at the same time thanks to its deep and delicious red hues. It's subtly seductive and extremely versatile, allowing it to appeal to both sexes equally. This colour offers you the warmth of a full-bodied glass of red wine, and was in fact named after the Marsala wine, originating from the regions around the Italian city of Marsala, in Sicily. It looks so good, you could drink it.

*Pantone, (the worldwide leading authority on colour), have declared it the “Colour of the Year 2015” and credit it for being “interesting on its own”, as well as being a “wonderful contrast for other hues”, making it a bold and fantastic foundation for a colour palette. They also mention it to be a “daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul” to which, we also have to agree.

*It can be used as a primary, or base colour to achieve dramatic interiors, if you are feeling confident, or as an accent if you would prefer to create a more subtle effect.

*Pantone recommends that the best colours to pair with Masala are Sandstone and Classic Blue. Other colours within the Pantone directory which work well tonally with Marsala are Dusty Cedar, Rose Tan, Silver Pink and Rose Smoke. We think that muted greys and whites also set-it-off beautifully.

*Lastly, we love Marsala because it sits well with our Designers Guild Lino II Pale Rose fabric, as seen below on our Juno armchair with beech legs. We used this fabric as our base colour and Marsala as an accent, by incorporating it as a scatter cushion accessory.

Juno Chair Upholstered in Pink Fabric