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Is Mauve Making A Comeback?

Mauve was a hugely popular color in the 80’s and early 90’s.  It was everywhere – on the walls, upholstery, throw pillows, carpet and mini-blinds…

…and it was often paired with pastels, gray or black as shown above in the polaroid {hooked on houses}.  Then, after years of riding high, mauve fell from grace.  Using it was now considered taboo because its very presence could make your home look dated {gasp!}.  However, almost twenty years later,  a color change is in the air.


Recently it seems mauve has been creeping back into the limelight and it’s even generating a bit of designer buzz.  Mauve has been spotted in the most elegant of spaces in tones ranging from smoky plum to muted lavender to rosy pink.  This season, mauve is also making an appearance in the fashion and beauty industries.


This soft-spoken hue caught my attention for the first time this year when my hubby surprised me with Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique perfume:

Not only does this fragrance smell insanely delicious but it’s packaging is intriguing at best.  I think I must have stared at the bottle for a good few minutes trying to figure out the exact color before determining it was indeed mauve.

In interiors we’re seeing mauve combined with rich blues, violet, white and off-white — creating a new ‘modern mauve’ palette.

{Home accessories are also making a “mauvelous” statement.  These lamps from 1stdibs were already sold at the time of this posting.}

One thing about mauve is for sure — either you love it or you hate it.

Even though I like some of the spaces featured in this post, I don’t think mauve will be invited into my home anytime soon.  I’m partial to some of the more lavender tones, but I still see mauve as the color of those big ‘pinkish’ throw pillows that I used as back cushions on our futon when I first got married in 1992.  I don’t think I want to go back there.  What are your mauve memories, and how do you feel about this trend?

Additional photo credits:  homestars; vi.sualize; countryliving; flickr; blackroosterdecor
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