2015 Color of the Year: Marsala VS Guilford Green

by Star Furniture on February 3, 2015



If you know about design then I’m sure you’ve heard about Pantone’s newest Color of the Year: Marsala. Like its namesake wine – it’s a warm, cozy deep red with brown overtones that make it rich and earthy. Even if you’ve never heard of the Pantone Color Institute, you’re bound to see this color far and wide as its versatility allows it to seep into fashionable industries everywhere, including furniture and interior design. It appeals to almost all aesthetics and can be seen in a variety of designer friendly styles: rustic, eclectic, traditional or contemporary.


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Guilford Green (HC-116) from Benjamin Moore is their choice for the “it” color of 2015. It’s a historical hue that embraces tradition and comes from “documented colors found in 18th- and 19th-century architecture.” Paula Deen got a jump-start on this color trend with three clever furniture pieces found in her Down Home collection. Paula calls her color versions “screen door green” and “Spanish moss.” and we love them both equally!


While Guilford Green is steeped in history and easily marries with rustic and reclaimed spaces, it can be emboldened with vibrant colors for contemporary designs. After all, it is “the new neutral” according to Benjamin Moore and can thusly be paired with bolder, deeper blues, browns, blacks and even plum (Marsala anyone?) – giving your color scheme just the right amount of contrast and interest. Emily A. Clark does an excellent job of showing how these colors work together on her blog.

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So, which color will truly become the 2015 Color of the Year? Does Guilford Green appeal to your historical design aesthetic or would you rather go out with a nice warm glass of Marsala? Time will ultimately tell which color prevails in 2015, but they seem to be getting along quite well as you can see in these photos of the Valencia Dining Group, Paula Deen’s Distressed Tobacco Day Bed and the Montgomery Bedroom Group from Star Furniture in Texas.

GuilfordGreenVSMarsalaFor even more color trends and design inspiration go to our Guilford Green and Marsala Pinterest boards.


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