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Pantone's Color of the Year 2015

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Pantone's Color of the Year
As you may have already seen, Shaw's Style, Design and Color team named White Hot its color of the year for 2015.  But Shaw isn't the only group singling out a favorite.  

Another closely watched announcement is the highly regarded experts in color from Pantone.  Every December, Pantone Inc. releases a new color trend for the upcoming year, and interior designers across the globe wait anxiously for the announcement in order to ring in the new year in style.

Their 2015 color trend? Marsala - an earthy, red wine shade that works wonders at complementing rich hardwood flooring from Shaw.  Whether marsala or grey is your color of the year, you can make sure your home design is stylish and up to date by incorporating splashes of Pantone's favorite hue into your rooms. 

Why Marsala?

Pantone described Marsala as a shade that embodies the rare balance of earthy and elegant.

"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," Pantone announced.

Marsala is also a welcoming color that gives off a sleek yet warm vibe. This makes it a great addition to an entryway, inviting guests into the rest of your home in a hearty, stylish atmosphere. According to Design and Trend, another characteristic that makes this rich red a perfect choice for a home is its ability to cater to both men and women - it's rare for such a bold color to look great in both a bachelor pad and a girl's bedroom. 

How can you use it? 

Interior design experts at Pantone highly suggested applying Marsala to a kitchen or a dining room. It works well with small appliances, ideally on a kitchen counter or a side table in a dining area.

The kitchen is a great place to start, as the shade "embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal," according to Pantone. USA Today recommended updating your kitchen appliances with a new microwave or coffee maker in the deep red color. You can also display your spices or other cooking ingredients with a couple of Marsala trays. 

Then try experimenting with the shade in your dining room. Pantone noted that because it pairs well with textured surfaces, it's the perfect option for upholstered living room furniture or an area rug. You can also apply the hue to smaller accessories, such as lamps or vases that complete your dining room's sophisticated ambiance.

Use vases of varying heights and shapes together in a head-turning display for visually stimulating table decor. Similarly, if your room design is based on an ultramodern theme, it's easy to find a contemporary Marsala lamp that will effortlessly finish off the look your space has begun to establish.