Five ways to bring the colour of 2015 into your bathroom

Five ways to bring the colour of 2015 into your bathroom

Every year the Pantone Colour Institute names a shade that they think ties into everything ongoing and upcoming. Drawing from emerging artists and the next big design trends, fashionable travel destinations and the global mood, they pick a single colour that represents it all. The colour of 2015 is Marsala, they’ve decided: a rich, complex red that recalls the fortified wine it was named after. “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director at Pantone, and its full-bodied charisma has been quickly adopted by interior designers the world over. It’s a colour that naturally lends itself to master bedrooms and living rooms, thanks to its intensity, but don’t overlook your bathroom as a space to experiment with Marsala. It brings warmth into even the coolest, glassiest en suite, as these pictures show, and creates a bathroom you may never want to leave.

The statement bathtub

1 - Statement bathtubIf you find yourself falling in love with Marsala’s rich, indulgent earthiness, a bold bathtub makes a stylish investment. Here, it pulls together fixtures that might otherwise look mismatched: a minimalist, urban window wouldn’t always work next to a salvaged wooden cabinet and an elaborate chandelier. Note the co-ordinated towel, which ties the colour palette together without any danger of the Marsala becoming overwhelming. Navy or white would have been a much more predictable choice here, but it’s that shot of red that makes this whole room stand out.


All over colour

Marsala is not the kind of shade that you need to play it safe with. Drenching your bathroom in such an intense, highly pigmented colour is a fearless move that could rejuvenate the entire space – and you would need very little else to complete it. Here, again, a very pure shade of white brings out the richness of Marsala, but it’s the metallic accents that are most compelling. The texture of the frame breaks up the flat matte finish of the wall behind it, while the postcards inject a bit of humour into the display.

It goes against the grain of everything you’ve been told about light hues making a small space feel bigger, and dark shades making them seem smaller, but actually a rich tone can mask an undersized room by making it feel more luxurious. There are just two questions worth considering first: is there enough lighting, and can you realistically keep it clutter-free? Darker colours tend to absorb light, which you’ll need to counteract, and a medley of everyday soaps and toiletries will jar with such a strong design.

Feature wall

A single wall – or a portion of all four walls – makes an impact with a little less commitment, and can test a new colour before you invest in it completely. In this bathroom Marsala’s been used to add depth to wooden panelling, and emphasise the pattern underfoot. Again, brilliant white comes into play; its modernity brings out the Old World feel of burgundy’s more intense cousin. But what’s really interesting here is the way Marsala stretches across different elements of the room, from the tiled floor to the glossy wood, bringing out their complexities and drawing them together at the same time.



2 - All over colourIf you already have a monochrome bathroom then Marsala, like most colours, is easy to add as a complimentary shade. Compliment a one of our favourite shower room installs, such as a stunning monochrome Aqualisa electric shower. The colours rich charisma makes fresh towels or curtains feel much more indulgent than a more typical choice like black or blue. But fresh (or faux) flowers require even less commitment and look effortlessly striking against the backdrop of a neutral bathroom. Here, flowers in a rich, berry-toned shade of Marsala add interest to slate grey tiles, brought out by a candle and vase in the same colour scheme. Simple but effective, and the easiest way of bringing Marsala into your home instantly.


Complimentary colours

5 - Complimentary coloursWe’ve already seen how well Marsala works in a monochrome bathroom, but if you’re redesigning from scratch you may want to mix it into a palette of soft greys and muted blush tones for a calmer, more feminine feel. Add pearly or luminescent textures, like these shower tiles, to reflect light – a vital consideration when working with a rich colour like Marsala, which tends to absorb light – and keep furnishings luxurious but simple. Pantone have even put together a selection of colour pairings that work especially well with Marsala, and are worth browsing for inspiration. Shades that you may never have considered, like teal or lemon grass, prove that the possibilities are endless.


Guest article provided for First Home News by Katie

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