Putting an end to colour craziness

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Ring the changes in 2015 with new hues at home. GABRIELLE FAGAN cuts through colour confusion and reveals two new shades – a red and a copper – which will pack a painterly punch

Fling away the paint charts, ditch dithering over bafflingly-named colours and embrace the future. It’s red wine and copper-coloured.

Clever chaps at leading paint companies Pantone and Dulux predict Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red shade, and Copper Blush, an orange-copper tone, will rule in 2015.

Pantone’s Colour Institute, which has nominated a ‘colour of the year’ since 1990, last year opted for Radiant Orchid, a bright blend of fuschia, purple and pink, which claimed to ‘encourage creativity and innovation’.

This time around, berry-rich Marsala promises, according to its creators, so much more than a different look to your walls.

It’s a shade which will ‘enrich our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,’ notes Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute.

Dulux is also proud to lyrically boast of Copper Blush’s powers. It is ‘a heart-warming shade with real depth, which creates an easy to live with atmosphere but with a touch of elegance’, according to Rebecca Williamson, senior colour and content manager for Dulux.

While fashionable way-out colours which star on the catwalk can struggle to easily translate into the real world, these two easy-on-the-eye concoctions would not only suit most settings, but also pair well together.

Even better, plumping for one or both of these hues might put an end to the curse of colour craziness.

In-your-face colour may not be for the faint-hearted, it’s true, but there is no better time to play with a warmer palette.

So if your taste is for Marsala – it took its name from an Italian fortified wine – or you want to bang the drum for copper (blushing or otherwise), check out these ways to colour up at home in 2015.


‘There’s no doubt that metallics have been a key trend this year, and there’s little to suggest their popularity is diminishing. It’s fitting, therefore, that Dulux has chosen Copper Blush as its colour of the year,’ says Jenny Hurren, director at Out There Interiors.

‘This warm, grown-up terracotta pink is a perfect backdrop for all those shiny metallic items – furniture, lighting or architectural pieces – you may have invested in, and could take you seamlessly from one season to the next.’

This shade comes alive when combined with flesh pink or clay-toned neutrals, a tiny touch of bright yellow, crisp white, wood tones and, naturally, copper.


‘Marsala is a bold, confident colour, but the warm undertones within it mean it won’t look overpowering if used in the right space and complimented with texture,’ says Sam Davies, marketing head at The Kitchen Restoration Company, which specialises in kitchen doors.

‘It is perfect for a kitchen or dining space, with its earthy tones and hint of fresh berries and deep rich wines.

‘Break the colour up with texture by using on matt grained wood, which will add depth and give a more natural, hearty finish.”

Add elegance to any room by incorporating this welcoming hue in accent pieces, such as accessories or a feature wall.

It is featuring on dinnerware and bedding in 2015.

The shade sparkles when set against metallics and can illuminate a range of smokey-neutral colour combinations.