By : N/A
01 January 2015
Every year, the Pantone Colour Institute will select its colour of of the year. This year, Marsala is it!
But what exactly is the colour of Marsala? According to Pantone, it is a rich, earthy red-brown named after the fortified red wine from Sicily, “a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”
To those still mystified, this is the colour of Marsala.
‘Marsala’ may be the Pantone colour of 2015, but is it also the ideal choice for your home? Many are guilty of following trends that do not work for their home’s interior, or will not stand the test of time, in the effort to be on trend. Remember the outlandish wallpaper graphics of the 1970s?
Wallpaper was the ‘in’ thing in the 1970s
There’s no harm in experimenting with different trends for wall/ceiling colours, but if your entire room’s furnishings is planned to match your wall colours, you might paint yourself into a spot if you change your mind after a couple of years.
Plus, paint and wallpaper can be costly and are also messy makeover tasks, particularly if you actually need to repaint the entire home. So here are some useful tips to colour it right from the start.
• If you are colour-phobic and tend to stick to whites and greys, use colour as an accent. You’ll be surprised how flashes of colour can really liven up your home. These can be throw pillows, vases, rugs…think of these as accessories you put on your outfit to add an extra ‘oomph’.
• Also, let the pops of colour flow through from room to room as a unifying element. If you have a blue rug, let the same shade pop up on an accent wall and as a vase on your coffee table…the combinations are endless and exciting.
• Colours also evoke different emotions and using the right ones in the right doses can do wonders to uplift moods. Numerous fast food chains use red and yellow in their interior design and advertising material as these warm and inviting colours are supposed to whet appetites. For homes, a different set of colour applications holds true. Here’s a quick look at colours and how they can transform our homes:
Thoughtfully-planned murals would integrate well with the rest of your interior design,(Photo courtesy of Koh Siang Kee)