You may have seen that Pantone release the 2015 Colour of the Year last week. It's called Marsala and was a bit of a surprise, I think. You can read Pantone's take on it and see their pretty pictures here.
The above is the official swatch from Pantone's website. Below, I created a couple of samples using the CMYK and RGB values that Pantone provide. Interestingly, the colours turned out quite different depending on whether I used the CMYK or RGB values - CMYK is on the left and RGB is on the right. I'm sure someone who knows more about colours can explain why!
Marsala has not been getting a lot of love, from what I can tell. I have to agree that it's not necessarily an immediately appealing colour (and I found this article, which you should not read if you are even vaguely easily offended, quite amusing). That said, I think Marsala has a lot of potential, especially if you are willing to apply a reasonably liberal interpretation of what fabrics are Marsala coloured...
After raiding my stash and my friend Anne's stash, this is the pull of fabrics I came up with for Marsala. You can see I've used the actual colour as a starting point and pushed my choices out into the more purple shades and the more orange shades to cover quite a range of warm red/browns.
I've numbered my picks, but you'll have to forgive me because pulling from stash means I don't necessarily know what all these fabrics are!
Starting with the purple solid at the top and working clockwise, they are 1. Unknown solid, 2. Anna Maria Horner - Innocent Crush - Turn of Events in Plum, 3. Anna Maria Horner - Good Folks - Filigree in Plum, 4. Kathy Doughty - A Wandering Mind - Flowering Vine in Rose, 5. Kathy Doughty - A Wandering Mind - Scribble Strip in Rust, 6. Kathy Doughty - A Wandering Mind - Flowering Vine in Rust, 7. Tula Pink - Fox Field - Serpentine in Sunrise, 8. Kona Cotton in Sienna, 9. Unknown Kaffe Fassett, 10. Kona Cotton in Paprika, 11. Unknown, 12. Kaffe Fassett stripe, 13. Anna Maria Horner - Pretty Potent - Family Unit in Cherry, 14. Unknown, 15. Anna Maria Horner - Honor Roll - Balancing Act in Carmel, 16. Unknown Kaffe Fassett, 17. Amy Butler - Alchemy - Queen Ann's Butterflies in Ruby, 18. Kaffe Fassett - Persian Vase in Brown, 19. Anna Maria Horner - Field Study - Specimen in Raspberry, 20. Unknown Kaffe Fassett, 21. Anna Maria Horner - Loulouthi - Clippings in Glow, 22. Denyse Schmidt - Flea Market Fancy (reprint) - Fizzy Dot in Red, 23. Juliana Horner, 24. Unknown solid, 25. Unknown solid, 26. Unknown solid, 27. Art Gallery Fabrics - Modernology, 28. Suzuko Koseki - Postmodern in Brown, 29. Nancy Gere - Fredricksburg C. 1895, 30. Unknown scrap, 31. Lecien - Eternal Graduation, 32. Alison Glass - X and Plus in Adobe.
Here are some closer shots of the different coloured sections.
There are a lot of really nice fabrics in here. I spied a few fabrics at a local quilt shop that were pretty close in colour to Marsala but a bit blah - I left them on the shelf because I decided I had enough really nice ones instead.
The colour combination that sprang immediately to mind when I saw Marsala was adding in some icy silver grey and cool blue/aqua for a crisp and kind of retro feeling.
I'm pretty happy with this quick pull, created by adding some of my Marsala picks to greys and pale blues pulled from stash. I definitely think it takes Marsala to a place that's a bit more fresh and modern.
Anyway, however you feel about Marsala, I hope that's given you something to think about. If you're looking for some more inspiration, Latifah Saafir of Latifah Saafir Studios did a great post about why she loves the Pantone Colour of the Year. My 2014 Pantone Colour of the Year Quilt Challenge co-host Anne from Play Crafts has also posted about Marsala and I really love the different palettes she came up with.
Speaking of the Pantone Colour of the Year Challenge, Anne from Play Crafts and I will be co-hosting a challenge again in 2015, and we will have more details for you soon!
So, what do you think? Love it, hate it, think it could grow on you?