Fabric color of the month: mauve

Mauve (rhymes with stove according to the dictionary) is making a comeback in home decorating fabrics. 

Mauve is actually a greyed down version of pink but today’s mauve is not the horrific color that was combined with gray and turquoise during the southwestern style of the eighties.  How many of you had a living room that looked like this?  Go ahead, admit it!

Oh my goodness!!!! (photo courtesy of uglyhousephotos.com)

Fortunately, today’s mauve is a more sophisticated pink that coordinates with many colors.

Take, for example, this fabric from Robert Allen that has a slight tweed look to it.  If you look closely you will see subtle touches of mauve on the light brown background.  This would be lovely in a master bedroom or dressing area used to upholster a bench or side chair.


Remember, honeysuckle pink is Pantone’s choice as color of the year for 2011.  While many designers have scoffed at the idea of using pink as an interior decorating color, mauve makes it possible to add just a hint and still be on trend.

This fun plaid, also from Robert Allen’s @ Home collection combines mauve with gold, sage and apricot colors.  How pretty this would be as bedding, window treatments or upholstery in a young girl’s bedroom room or a casual sunroom.

So what do you think of the return of mauve as an interior decorating color?  Would you use it in your home?