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Pantone's Colour of the Year - Marsala

PANTONE, AKA the "world-renowned authority on colour", have declared the Colour Of The Year for 2015. The Pantone Colour Institute arranges a committee each year to meet twice over 12 months they then collaborate on palette concepts and debate trends, which ultimately leads to the selection of a shade that will change our buying behaviours and enhance our lifestyles.

So, without further ado, the Pantone Colour of the Year 2015 is, *Drum roll*… Marsala; which could also be mistaken for an exotic dish on a take-away menu – or an Italian wine, come to think of it – but is in fact a deep red, aubergine-y shade (see above).  Pantone describe it better, as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red” that, according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, “enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability.” How wonderful, hopefully that's a promise!

Wardrobe wise we're thinking couple this classic, not in your face red, with navy for winter, or, when, if ever, it warms up a pop of hot pink.  Maybe red is just not a colour that suits your skin tone, but if you still wanted to show those in the know that, well, you know too - go for marsala coloured leather goods and accessories.  We've picked some of our faves that we think our armoires would welcome with open doors...

Red & Port tye-Die Cshamere Wrap by Crumpet, £450; Portobello 2015 Diary from Smythson, £250;

Oxblood Converse AllStars, £45; Oxblood Liberty Carnaby Saddle Bag, £395;

Valentino Rockstud Flats from Net-A-Porter, £575; OPI Nail Varnish, £13.95.

“Nurturing and fulfilling, Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home,” says Pantone's Leatrice.  We also can't help thinking with its "sensual and bold" red-brown hue, warm notes and deep tones, it makes a great option for accessories in the bedroom too.  Select complimentary warm tones such as coppers and golds to create a luxurious feel, full of richness and depth; or with juxtapositioning blues, marines and turquoises for a modern, dramatic look, that's on trend.

Featured French Bedroom Company Goodies: Copper Angled Floor Lamp, £180; Nightingale Sofa, £1525;

Copper Feel Side Table, £145; Formentera Armoire, £995.

Author: Jess Warner, The French Bedroom Company, purveyors of French shabby chic furniture, French Bedsshabby chic wardrobes and beautiful French style furniture.

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