Design Recipes: How to bring back black and mauve into your decor
Anyone over the age of 45 will likely remember the “it” colors of the 1980s. But just in case you have forgotten, the color combination was black and mauve — essentially black paired with a dusty rose shade of pink. Then the color combination became “dated.” Now black and mauve or deep charcoal/black and soft pinks are back in style.
Why? Pastel colors remain in, from soft yellow to powder blue, even mint green and pink are part of the trend. Further, those looking for a contrast color to pair with the harshness of a dark charcoal or black find a sense of freshness when a space is infused with some hints of pink. When looking for ideas, here are some trends and tips to keep you on the right path.
1. Look to include portable design — items you can take with you and move from room to room or home to home — such as toss pillows and throws.
2. Select art that can include both colors in a single piece.
3. Try using black for your larger pieces such as upholstery and mauve for accents.
4. Experiment with the color combination in various rooms of a home. Pink doesn’t have to be used in just bedrooms.
5. Consider the color black for soft goods such as throws, pillows and even items such as rugs. These will last for years and can be paired with various colors.
6. Use multiple items of each color throughout a space — a technique called color mapping — to help a space feel cohesive.
7. Look for interesting ways to infuse color into a space such as with blooms and accessories.
8. Need a start for your color story? Try finding a piece that includes both black and mauve as your inspiration.
9. Experiment with adding mirrors to a space as this will help reflect both light and color.
10. Consider adding greenery to your space. The color green will add an unexpected pop of color when paired with black and mauve.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com .