Color of the Year Do Over.

So last week Pantone announced it’s Color of the Year for 2015… and it was met with a loud groan and a whole lotta “huh????”. “Marsala” was inexplicably the chosen winner, and most of the design community seems to be left scratching their heads. A dusty rose, this color just does nothing for me. Perhaps a deeper shade of burgundy, or a brighter orange red, but this neither-here-nor-there color just looks… mushy.
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In fact, when I see it all that pops into my head is a situation like this:


I’m not really one to believe that there is ONE color of the year, and the constant, forced “Radiant Orchid” chatter last year made me want to drive right into oncoming traffic. But if forced to pick a favorite color for this year, I’m going to go ahead and pick a shade of bright, clean, “Santorini-meets-Delft” looking blue like these below.

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The reason? Just personal preference! I’ve been obsessed with the blue velvet on these chairs below in Michelle Smith’s apartment ever since I blogged about her space.  OBSESSED. Similarly, I’ve love, love, loved this Wisteria chair for many months too.

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Blue isn’t anything revolutionary, it tends to be the color we use most in homes because it’s popular with women and men- but I think you’ll see this particular shade a lot in spring- in clothing and home accessories. It’s happy, classic but bold too. And I feel like there is going to be a resurgence of traditional decor in our future (at least in MY future). Here’s some inspiration…

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Andrea's Kitchen

A look from Apeice Apart Spring 2015 and a tunic from Calypso I’m dying to get for my January trip to Round Hill in Jamaica!

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Some paint colors in this family:

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L to R: Benjamin Moore Paddington Blue, Benjamin Moore Blue Wave, Farrow & Ball Chinese Blue, Benjamin Moore Aquarius

And if you do like Marsala- these two colors actually work well together. :)


What color are you feeling for your home this year???



  1. So many negative comments
    about this years Pantone Color of the year. I don’t agree 100% that it doesn’t work in the home. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t have Marsala on my walls BUT I love the look of “vintage rugs” in modern spaces and their key color is Marsala. I really do believe vintage rugs mixed with modern pieces and contemporary design is a trend right now and coming back stronger. I think we were all use to big pops of color and impact color for the last few years that we are just shocked by Marsala. I think we were all expecting the color to be some type of Blue. Blue is big this year but since it was so expected maybe that is why we got surprised. If we take a minute and get the “stereotype” of the 90’s out of our head we would see its beauty for the home too. This blogger nailed it in her pics of home trends we are seeing. Check it out.

  2. You lucky girl, going to Round Hill!! I have spent many birthdays there, even sunbathed next to Ralph Lauren and his whole family once. The whole place is a decorator’s nirvana, and you WON’T see any Marsala there, I promise!!! Can’t wait for your blog when you come back from there. Have a great trip and Happy Holidays!!

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