Passion Fashion For Marsala

January 15, 2015
Does living a life with passion have to be dreadfully serious?

Do we have to ponder and pour over the possibilities of how or where we might find it?

Or could it bloom in us as effortlessly as tulips and crocus do in the early Spring?

Well, today lets keep it simple, sort of like looking through a catalog-

Lets make it a Passion for Fashion sort of day.

Have you heard that Pantone's color for this year is Marsala?

I am dying to know what you think of it...

According to Pantone-

"It enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability."

Personally, I am in a quandary over the color.

"Marsala a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth."

 Marsala shines when it is paired with a neutral.

Such a pretty color, so I can't quite put my finger on why I am feeling uncertain about Marsala...

I may be feeling skeptical about Marsala because Spring is just around the corner.

The pure intensity, vibrancy and richness of this full bodied color for a wardrobe seems to have more

of a Fall and Winter feel than Spring and Summer to me.

So, what are you thinking, will you be adding some Marsala shoes to your wardrobe, paint

the inside of a bookshelf with this rich hue, or perhaps add a sweet little accessory like this stool

with a buttery background combined with a geometrical Marsala pattern?


I read that Marsala will make a strong appearance in the Kitchen and dining areas because of it's

warmth, with rich red and paprika undertones.

I am really liking this island in the nearly all white kitchen.


Perhaps a scarf wrapped around the neck would be a good choice to ease into this

hearty and stylish color.

Will you be adding Marsala to your home or wardrobe or both?

I love Fashion, whether it is dressing my home or me!

Do you have a Passion for Fashion?

Have a wonderful weekend!


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  1. Hi Jemma,

    I love your post and I really am liking the Marsala color. I too have a passion for fashion when it comes to interior design/decorating...{not clothing}. I wear what I feel comfortable in and what looks best on me, style-wise and color. I have added and will add some more Marsala in my home. Not sure when now. My mind's busy with other things right now. But I'll get back to it. I might have to do more of it myself, but I'll get back to it.

    Jan ♥

  2. I love the color Marsala! It is a pretty red - deep - sensuous. And I like the photos you picked. My favorite is the very first one - the hat - looks so pretty. I can't wear a hat but I love them! Love the sweater too.

  3. Jemma, I really like this color, but I think you're looks more suitable for fall and winter. Some of the shades on here are very different, some look more fushia, while others look more red/burgundy, so it's hard to tell. I was just out today looking for a new spring wallet, and I saw a section in this color. Yes, I love that all white kitchen with the reddish island. And that hat is too cute. I have always had a passion for fashion, and I'm not sure you know this about me, but I used to design some of the clothes growing up, and my mom would get out her sewing machine and make them.

    What a wonderful post on fashion and the latest color for the new year.

    love, ~Sheri

  4. It's a pretty color, but because of its depth of color I would be more prone to think of it as fall and winter too. If I saw some clothing that wowed me in that shade I'd consider it but I definitely don't go out purposely looking for something trending. I had never heard of this Pantone color of the year until I started blogging- I guess I was living under a rock! LOL I like that pictures you selected especially the one with the hat!

  5. When I first started reading the post because I don't like to wear red, I thought I don't know about this color Marsala but the more I looked at your images the more I thought I could give this color a try. Maybe as an accessory; I love the pictures of the Marsala with grey or maybe a purse. I don't think it would work with my decor in large doses but maybe an accent piece such as a box or frame. You did an excellent job on this post. It's professional, through, and beautiful....

  6. I WEAR this color a lot! I noticed it was 'the' color and was happy to be in style for a change! haha! Now that I've let my hair go silver, I wear a lot more gray, too and this tone of red is beautiful with gray....just like you've shown. One of my goals is to wear more of my good clothes for every day this year. So good! Love your fashion posts! Hugs, Diane

  7. Love the Marsala, it looks gorgeous in clothing as well as decor.
    Gotta rush out and start updating my fashion!

  8. Marsala...hmm, who knew, that this warm and wonderful shade of wine would be the passionate protege of the pigments this year, a hue that has graced my living room for years?! I've paired it with petite, complementary English florals, and mustard-y golds, which both highlight its rich and jewel like tones. Regarding fashion, I love it coupled with grey, white, and beige, as you've illustrated, for a smart and polished look, and depending on the textures, at once, cozy and confidant.

    Thanks for this little tribute to such a shade of red!


  9. Jemma, I'm trying to decide how different is marsala from cranberry, a color which I adore. Is it a little muddier in depth? I love the combination shown in the blue jeans, gray turtleneck sweater and marsala jacket.

    Last year's color pick of emerald green didn't seem to go places, did it? Because of the intensity? Needing to be used in small doses unless you could redecorate often. I wonder how marsala will do?

    It always seems like just when I decide to paint a room, it suddenly becomes outdated. What I'd like to know is what the color prediction would be for 5 years from now! Maybe I could get a head start!

  10. Can I confess I didn't know this was this year's color? Where have I been?! No matter, because like you, I'm on the fence about it. It's definitely a rich, 'Autumn' like color. A more muted tone of its more vibrant cousin, cranberry. Having said that, the oven pictured took my breath away!

  11. Hi Jemma,
    I love this colour. I have very little in the way of colour in my wardrobe other than black, but invariably, this is it! I think I'm essentially a winter person: I love cozy nights with a fire, glass of red wine, throw blankets, a good book, and this colour in a warm sweater or blouse probably reminds me of the feelings I get when I can hunker down in my living room to relax with these elements. A wonderful post, thank you! xx Nancy

  12. I could very easily enjoy adding this new color to my home; or to my clothing.

  13. I like it a lot! It's a good colour for me - wardrobe-wise - and one I like in the house. At one time my kitchen was very nearly that colour, and now I have two cupboards in that shade. They warm up the grey winters!

  14. I painted my kitchen that very color last year! I love it! I also love it in my wardrobe! It's a lovely color in my wine glass too! LOL!

  15. I love this color. Thanks for the heads up. I'll keep my eyes open.


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