Is Mauve the Next Millennial Pink?
Sure, blush is still all over the place, but now there’s a new cool “it” shade of pink on the block. You’ve definitely seen it before in 1980’s design and movies from that era: mauve. Once the color of tulle bridesmaids dresses and retro bathroom tiles, this sultry pinkish-purple hue is back and can actually look modern when paired with the right furniture and accessories. In fact, it’s the perfect way to introduce a touch of romance or even whimsy into a room, but it doesn’t have to be totally devoid of edge, either, especially if you find a grayed out, neutral version of this color and use it as more of a grounding shade, paired with pops of black.
It’s easy to see why mauve is so versatile and can hang with so many other hues: its blue and red tones help it play off of both warm and cool palettes. Plus, mauve’s a great way to get pink into a room without it feeling too youthful, saccharine, or bright. If you’re looking for a way to work this cool color into your own home, these ideas (and a few shoppable items!) will help you get you started.
Paint a wall or a room mauve
Adding a light, subtle shade of mauve paint to the walls will warm up a room instantly, and these kind of hues also pair super well with greenery, as shown above. Try shades like Sherwin-Williams’ Vaguely Mauve, Benjamin Moore’s Hint of Mauve, or Glidden’s Moderne Mauve. On the whole, when it comes to paint, the beige-like mauves will give you more of a neutral base to build upon with your choice of furnishings and accessories.
Layer tonal textiles
Don’t get too worked up about finding items that are all exactly the right shade of mauve either. Layering lighter and darker accents with textiles — like pillows and bedding — creates an eclectic, lived-in look. Again, the mauve and green combination really shines in this homeowner’s bedroom, but you can also see how well mauve can play with natural wood tones, too. Again, when you find a grayer or beige-like version of mauve, this hue really can read as a neutral.
Pair it with gold fixtures and hardware
I’ve already sung the praises of mauve and green, but this hue also looks regal and cool when teamed up with mustard or gold. Specifically, when it comes to hard finishes, muted shades of mauve can make shiny gold and brass really pop. Likewise, gold accents make the pink tones in mauve seem brighter. Call it an optical illusion, but either way, this effect is stunning and downright dreamy in this bathroom, which features both mauve paint and tile. The painted wood vanity even has a faint cast of mauve to it! You could also try mauve in a kitchen, too, as a backsplash or accent color. Again, this hue looks good with warm woods, whites, grays, and blacks, all of which tend to be popular kitchen cabinetry colors and finishes.
Go a little bold with mauve furniture
Velvet furniture is still having a moment (or many moments at this point). Jewel tones tend to look extra luxe in this fabric, so a mauve velvet chair or sofa will definitely earn you some on-trend style points. You could also try a mauve bed frame.
Want a few suggestions for some mauve home decor? I’ve picked out a few pieces below so you can get the look at home.
ModShop Martinique Wide Velvet Barrel Chair
Sophie Faux Fur Throw Blanket
If you’re considering adding mauve in a major way, look no further than this upholstered bed. I especially love the brass accented feet, which as I said above, really bring out the pink tones in the mauve fabric. It’s available in both king and queen sizes.
Buy: Ava Pink Bed, $1,399.00 for a Queen bed from Crate & Barrel
The geometric shapes on this wool rug feel Memphis Movement-inspired. Try it in a living room or bedroom for a fun, funky touch underfoot. The designer, Michel Smith Boyd, says this particular piece was inspired by hand-etched brass and carved woods and then made luxurious through its mauve colorway. I’d say mission accomplished!
Buy: Torrie Rug, Starts at $599.00 for a 5-foot by 8-foot rug from Z Gallerie
Flowerpot Rechargeable Table Lamp
Asher 2-Seat Fabric Sofa
A sofa with clean, mid-century lines gets a romantic makeover when covered in mauve velvet. Try this small space-friendly design in a tiny living room. It’s also customizable in terms of its length, depth, leg style, cushion style, and cushion fill, so you can put your own spin on it.
Buy: Asher 2-Seat Fabric Sofa, Starts at $1,495.00 from Interior Define