Typically when referring to Marsala, we tend to think of a rich and robust Sicilian wine but here we are referring to Marsala armcandy which looks just as rich and robust as its Sicilian wine counterpart. The lovely shade of dusty burgundy-red, named 2015’s color of the year by the Pantone Institute, is one that is subtly seductive and dramatic.
Pantone says that Marsala “combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays.” And because of its burnished undertones, Marsala is “highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, light pinks and mauve, and blues in the more vibrant range.”
Marsala “plays well” with lots of other colors making it very versatile. Combined with lighter neutral tones such as the fossil beige or rose quartz, the stark contrast creates drama while paired with a black onyx and grey quartz creates a sexier appeal. Pair it more earthy tones such as tiger eye, picture onyx and pistachio jade and now you have a very neutral and “fall” look. One of my favorites is the “Moanco Chic” armparty where I created an ombre look which goes from dark marsala jade to a mauve pink rhodonite to medium tone pink jade to a light pink rose quartz, perfect for all year long. Being that these colors are all derived from the color red, they all work together effortlessly. In this video are a few different armparties using the Marsala Jade as a base, the possibilities are endless!