Friday Files – Marsala Pantone 18-1438, the colour of 2015

Friday Files – Marsala Pantone 18-1438, the colour of 2015



There is such a humbleness that surrounds the colour Marsala, perhaps it is because its origins come from fortifies wine and the Indian spice.

“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 home furnishings, interiors, industrial design, fashion and beauty.”


The Versatility of Marsala
– Equally appealing to men and women, Marsala is a stirring and flavourful shade for apparel and accessories, one that encourages colour creativity and experimentation
– Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is a great go-to colour for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of colour for nails, shadows lips and hair.
– Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings colour warmth into home interiors
– An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury.

The beautiful aspects of this magical tone is that fact that it can be integrated and incorporated with many different colours and tones.  Whether in a flat or textured material, or with a matte or gloss finish, this highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.


If we look at the undertones of Marsala on the colour wheel, and look at the opposite colours to it, we see teals, blues they make such great companions in interiors, clothing, and accessories.
Marsala allows you to be experimental with your choice of colours that are incorporated. Looking at the colour wheel we look across from the area that Marsala is born, and we see blues and greens.

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It’s the unexpected and it works!

The earthy base of Marsala breathes warmth and releases a grounded sensibility that can be used to paint a wall in the home, or being the slightest small touch.
Beautiful velvets from colony in deep Marsala tones are perfect in a relationship with soft linens from De Le Cuona.

Marsala relates to the classical and invites the inventive

At Boyac we have gathered what inspires us when we think of Marsala, Here are our picks!
How Marsala speaks to us visually.









Susanna’s picks. The superb De Le Cuona’s Longleat fabric balanced so beautiful with Destomes vintage sanguine.









Eleanor’s picks, hearty and fresh Destomes vintage sanguine matched up with









Alex’s picks, full of rich and luscious tones with Destome velvets and a mixture of De La Couna linen and wool.









Penelope’s pick’s fun textures from Metaphores, De La Cuona Cordoroy and linens , alongside the stunning silk from Watts of Westminster.









Venetia’s picks, a fresh floral print from colony with beautiful depth from a webbed linen from De Le Couna.









Klara’s pick, a gather of special velvets from Colony , silk from Luigi Bevilaqua, and velvet from De Le Cuor. And a special touch from Declercq with their incredible tassels.









Jess’s picks, Traditional and stunning horse hair fabric from Le Crin with illuminations of De Le Cuor velvet and wool.

Colour is so important, how we incorporate it into our lives, interiors and what we are attracted to wearing and not wearing, colour is an expression of our personalities and who we are.
We hope that you love the colour of the year Marsala just as much as we do.

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