Jewel Hue Marsala - A Tint of Red at Home

Bring 'Marsala' Home
Marsala, when merged with creativity, looks brilliantly beautiful. It signifies depth, warmth and luxury in its true sense and brings out the essence of the festive season. Says decor expert Rohit Gupta, "Inviting, rich and deep, this tone can be incorporated best in minimal decor accents such as cushions, throw pillows, bed sheets, curtains etc. Use it to highlight specific elements in a room. An accent wall in the living room or dining area can instantly liven up the space. Highlighting the bar area is also a good bet or you can highlight a single wall in the bedroom to add that element of romance. When adding a hint of marsala to your home, complement the rest of the decor with subtle contrasting tones such as off-white, beige, shell, ivory or mushroom to make the color look more effective."

2015 color of the year is marsala
Marsala Home Decor Ideas

Using marsala all over the house. It will make the space in your home seem small, and could also make the rooms look darker than usual

Rajiv Merchant, founder of a popular home couture brand, suggests, "While decorating the living room, upholstery with a tint of marsala will give a fashionable and pleasant look to the room. Leather or rexine sofa in marsala, accompanied with cushions in lighter shades like off-white and golden, will look very good. If you have furniture in cane, raise its quotient with cushions in marsala and yellow. Pure white doors and walls, vintage or tribal paintings with minor additions like rugs and lanterns give marsala walls that much-needed punch. Earthen pots painted in marsala and potted with ornamental plants can be placed in the verandah. If you wish to keep it simple, get a Maharaja(King)-like chair in marsala as the focal point of your living room to enhance its grandeur."

While salmon pink and puce go well with marsala for the bedroom, sunglow and amber also strike harmony with the raw shade. For the living room, marsala can be combined with white, isabelline, chestnut and tan. When it comes to the kitchen, marsala, along with grey, steel and black, defines luxury. Forest green and dark olive are other colors that match wonderfully with the robust marsala

Subtly seductive and impactful, Marsala is declared as 2015's Pantone Color Of The Year. We tell you how to embrace this sophisticated and stylish hue effortlessly on your clothes, lips and home

In Beauty - Marsala is a color that suits almost all skin
make-up and beauty
complexions. "It goes best with a warm skin tone and at the same time provides the right pop of color to fair complexioned women. The best part about this color is that despite being an earthy shade, it adds just the right amount of glamour required for both a day or night look. It has the ability to impart oomph without taking away the naturalness," says beauty expert Divya Thukral. "It is an excellent idea to have burgundy highlights on your hair and complement it with the similar hued lashes. To stand out in the crowd, try wearing marsala nails with any evening outfit," says make-up and beauty expert Aakriti Kochar.

Boots, Pumps, Stilettos - "Square-toed boots in marsala with black heels and delicate strappy marsala stilettos with gold heels are in. Women can also go for suede pumps in deep maroon brown that are sassy yet formal enough to be worn with a classic shift dress for a luncheon or dinner. For a more casual look, think multi-strapped gypsy gladiators and summer shorts," says Satam. Men can opt for a pair of deep wine patent leather oxfords; they are always a smart investment to prep up a formal wardrobe.

Day and Night Look - "Marsala is an ideal color to achieve
natural-looking flushed cheeks. Wear marsala tone blush with gold eye shadow and neutral lips for daytime, or kick it up a notch for the night by layering the dusty burgundy hue on lips with a dramatic black eyeliner. Marsala can also be used to create light and dark versions of a smoky eye. Whether you're aiming for a daytime-appropriate look or a ravishing nighttime look, both should be worn with a wash of color on the cheeks and a slick of sheer, hydrating lip color or lip tint. You can add the tone to your collarbones as well," suggests Kochar.

Bag it Marsala - Think a marsala-colored retro saddle bag with fringe details to pull off the perfect boho vibe this season. Or invest in a carry-all slouchy bag in intense wine suede for safer yet striking appeal. A wide envelope clutch in textured marsala leather is a colorful yet sophisticated corporate accessory for an i-pad and other essentials. Large totes in this hue would be perfect for day and office use.

It is a very tricky shade as a lot of people dislike browns and marsala has a substantial brown undertone. Balance it out with smart color blocking

Make a 'Marsala' Statement - Marsala is an intense shade of
brownish wine mixed with a hint of rust. The color has a rich, earthy appeal. "The neutral warmth of the shade complements any skin tone and successfully brings an impact to an ensemble without having a contrasting effect. Equally appealing to men and women, the USP of this tone is that it can be blended by using natural dyes and organic coloration techniques, thus making it an eco-conscious color," says fashion designer Aniket Satam. Extremely versatile, marsala can be used in all possible fabrics like leather, wool and silk in winter and linen and lighter fabrics during summer. It is a stronger color and works better as a subordinate color instead as a main ground color in any look. "Since most 1970s trends are back, technicolor shades work well with this muted wine color. Classic retro silhouettes like billowing maxi dresses, evening jumpsuits, lurex twin-sets and feminine silk blouses in marsala look stunning for evening wear. Marsala in the form of plaids looks very warm and bohemian. For menswear, a leather jacket or colored denim in marsala works as a great option," says Satam. When wearing a marsala dress, pick jewelry in rose gold or copper, over gold and silver. To highlight a basic outfit, sport statement jewelry encrusted in rubies, tourmalines and garnets. A classy vintage velvet bow tie is a great way to add a quirky charm to a man's wardrobe.

Marsala is a wonderful color, especially for the Indian skin tone. We can use it in accessories, footwear, lace, dresses. The tone is very Indian and a must-have for weddings. The idea is to go bold and glamorous

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