With last year’s choice of Radiant Orchid being so bright and bold, we were glad to see the 2015 choice by Pantone was a bit more universal. Because of this color and it’s appeal to warm more tastes overall, we expect to see it make a bigger impact in the Kitchen industry. Not many of our customers were racing in to see how they could include Radiant Orchid into their material choices during their 2014 projects but we anticipate Marsala to be a bit more “appetizing” for an accent. Read more about why Marsala was selected here on the Pantone site.
With kitchen materials being a very permanent choice we do recommend including Marsala in subtle ways. Keep your main surface element neutral and timeless. Wood tones pair well of course because of the warmth of the color from the natural wood and grain. In this case we selected a painted finish to allow our accents to stand out.
This painted finish is called “Moonstone” and is available from our Dura Supreme line of cabinetry. This warm gray color can be styled a number of ways and matches really any existing wood trim and furniture. If you are considering beautiful new wood floors for your kitchen, a painted cabinet can help draw attention to that flooring.
Dura Supreme offers an option to include aluminum-framed doors with decorative inserts onto some of your accent cabinets. Their “Oxide Red” insert is a pretty close match to the warm and rich shades found in Marsala. Consider adding a top-lifting cabinet into your design or even a bi-fold style with this aluminum-frame option. Marsala is the perfect shade of red to be included in a wet bar or sideboard area where you may be storing or serving wine. Many times we include glass-door cabinets above a wine rack or stemware holder and these would also become great locations for the “Oxide Red” or similar inserts to be included. Accent door inserts can be added to any prepared door. If the look of the aluminum frame is too modern for you, your cabinet door style can be used instead.
The best way to tie any overall look together is to find an element that can include your accent color with your main finish choices all in one design. A kitchen counter top finds itself located in the center of your light-of-sight. This makes it the most likely candidate to help an entire project “come together” when selecting your materials. The “Westminster” design available from Cambria Quartz is a great example of this. This design is a subtle way to include Marsala and also allows you to go many directions with flooring, backsplash, and even cabinet selections. With black and grays included in the design, either Stainless Steel or Black kitchen appliances would work well. Or consider the new look of Maytag that offers Black appliances with Stainless hardware.
Dramatic and rich, this red-brown color is nothing new to the Kitchen & Bath industry but we can see why Pantone has selected it for the 2015 Color Of The Year. It will be interesting to see how the many design industries around the world begin to include Marsala in their products and work moving forward. If you have any questions about what you have read here or of 2015 is the year you want to take on your project reach out to us. Contact us to start the conversation or call today to make an appointment. 309 944 1344