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Marsala Wine with Everything
Thu Jan 08 2015 |
I’ve put off writing about “Marsala,” Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015, because I couldn’t decide whether to consider it an Earth Element for its brown tones or a Fire Element for its red wine hues. Pantone’s glowing descriptions of Marsala weren’t much help because they ranged from “rich reddish brown” and “nurturing and fulfilling,” to “hearty yet stylish” and “stirring and flavorful.” Pantone also called Marsala “hinting at the dregs of a bottle of wine.” Wait, really? Is 2015 going to be characterized by what’s left at the bottom of a wine bottle? I do like this color, but that analogy doesn’t work for me from a Feng Shui perspective.
Each year Pantone forecasts the most popular colors that we’ll see in décor, fashion, and graphic design. The announcement has a cult-like following among designers and retailers looking to improve sales, and among Feng Shui practitioners like me who want to use the color to enhance clients’ homes and offices.
I must admit I’m not usually a fan of orange, but I was smitten with the Fire Element Tangerine Tango in 2012. Maybe it was just that great name. Emerald in 2013 was a terrific choice because it’s the Wood Element that represents growth, and we needed more of that while our economy was still recovering. Last year’s Radiant Orchid was a miss for me because we were already overwhelmed with too much Fire Element energy.
Other companies choose colors of the year but don’t necessarily agree, although earthy colors seem to dominate in 2015 choices. Sherwin-Williams picked Coral Reef, and AkzoNobel chose Copper Orange, both colors are Fire/Earth Element blends, while Benjamin Moore selected Guilford Green, a Wood Element.
But, let’s get back to my dilemma of how to classify Marsala in terms of the Five Elements. “Marsala enriches our mind, body, and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute. Now there’s a Feng Shui description for a color of the year that I can live with.
Marsala is a hybrid because it has Earth Element brown at its root to keep you grounded, combine with a dab of Fire Element red to help you power up. My suggestion is to use Marsala as the Earth Element where you need more stability, but use it as the Fire Element where you want a bit more pizzazz.