However, when paired with a combination of other shades, in the right proportions, you can actually use it to create a quite agreeable palette that most people would like. Had this palette not had a colour like Marsala, it would appear very muted and almost juvenile. Marsala plays a key role in making this palette more sophisticated.
Another example: Here’s my attempt to find the closest thing to puke green.
I think that we can agree and most people would find this colour difficult to work with. Let’s say on a wall, on a sofa, or even a throw pillow, but when presented within the right palette of colours it’s actually very beautiful.
How does this apply to what I do? Often enough, I have to work around pieces of furniture with these “not so nice” colours whether it’s for budget reasons or because the client has some kind of sentimental attachment. In these cases, it’s easier to make that ugly colour look fantastic by creating a palette that compliments it, rather than just ignoring it.
Take a look at the very well known leather Chesterfied sofa. In this photo, it looks old, dated, and ugly because it’s surround with a bad choice of colours. Stark white walls and frumpy neutral pillows do nothing to enhance or showcase the beauty of this classic.