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Home styling with Mauve

26th August 2017

Mauve is a soft, smoky shade, with grey or pink undertones. In many ways, it is the purple equivalent of blush pink, with its soothing qualities and subtle dusky finish.

Pale mauve appears in both sunrises and sunsets, making it a versatile shade for coastal or tropical schemes. Pair with white or beige and inject darker tones of blue or black along with leafy plants to create the ultimate getaway. 

Mauve living room scheme with angular furniture
Mauve dining room scheme with gold accents
Coastal mauve bedroom scheme


Alternatively, you can emulate the casual and cosy feel of a country cottage by using mauve with moss green, golden yellow and crisp white. As mauve can be seen throughout spring in the form of crocuses, foxgloves and blossom, utilising floral embroideries, leafy prints or fresh flower arrangements in your home will bring your countryside scheme together.

Patterned mauve and green room
Country cottage bedroom with mauve accents
Dusky mauve seat with pouffe
Mauve bedroom with subtle patterned wallpaper
Mauve country cottage bathroom


Darker shades of mauve are often better suited to traditional properties, and make the perfect backdrop to dining rooms, entrance halls or living spaces, where a refined yet inviting look is desired. Mauve’s subtlety makes it ideal for use on smooth velvets, textured silks or extravagant trimmings, which, when used alongside rich plum or antique gold tones, will result in classic interiors with softness and charm.

Mauve painted wall with velvet sofa
Mauve nursery with plum accents
Mauve living room with golden yellow accents
Dark mauve sofa in velvet fabric
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