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The 2015 colour of the Year!

Pantone's new colour of the year for 2015 is marsala.

Marsala is a type of fortified wine from Sicily, and the colour is between a luscious red and an earthy brown. The addition of marsala to any room will instantly make it feel more elegant, without being overpowering.

Hues like marsala generally aren't that popular for most paint decorating projects, as it can be overpowering in large doses. If you love a deep rich hue, a marsala inspired hue may be just what you are looking for.

Red is said to stimulate the appetite, so adding a feature of marsala behind a dining room table would certainly be a good idea. Splash some Resene Intrigue on a wall, then make it pop by using a bright off-white, such as Resene Double Merino, for the ceiling. Earthy wine colours can sometimes feel dark; natural light will help lighten the look. 

Red works very well to stimulate conversation, however too powerful a red can be distracting for many people. That's why a more muted hue like Resene Merlot can work well in a living room, as it spreads colour around the area without the impact of a stronger red. Red can be a distracting colour to sleep next to, but you can indulge marsala inspired colour as a feature wall behind the headboard, surrounded by a creamy Resene Villa White. You can enjoy the warmth and refinement of marsala, without it being distracting when trying to sleep. 

 - extract from Resene NZ

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