Those influential folks at Pantone have spoken. It seems that 2015 is all about brown.
Well “Marsala” in fact, a rich and full-bodied red-brown like the fortified wine it is named after.
After the bright emeralds, citruses and purples of recent years, marsala has split the fashion and design commentators with some dismissing it as reminiscent of sludgy meat sauces while others have raved about rich leathers, silks and velvets as well as spices.
Despite the criticism, the influence of Pantone means we will definitely be seeing a lot of this colour and similar in the coming months, so how are we going to incorporate into our jewellery making. There are a number of ways to make it work – as a material, as a gemstone or beads colour by itself, in combination with other colours, or by thinking about other jewellery that might compliment a marsala dress or sweater.
This is one of those times when listening to the commentators might help – they mentioned leather, velvet and silk. So how about studding a leather cuff with complementary colours (see below) or using rich brown leather, silk or velvet to suspend a copper pendant or to thread your beads. Or tracking down some coloured chain.
Pantone offers a whole page on shades that complement marsala – in terms of jewellery coral, deeps blues like lapis lazuli, turquoise tones and amber jump out.
You can think of these in terms of colours to use with marsala materials and gems or create statement pieces in those colours to work with a marsala outfit.