Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Modern Mauve

Mauve has come a long way. After being buried as an awkward reminder of the past, Mauve has resurfaced as a mindful accent & a comforting neutral that sets the pace for the new decade.
This is an all encompassing color trend!
We are seeing it being used in advertisements,
fashion and more and more throughout our own homes.

We will see this color embrace browns, greys, pinks and purples
creating a chic bouquet perfect for large areas or as an accent. There is something glamorous yet earthy about these dusty hues. They mix the old with the new creating comfort and warmth; a major motivation & consideration when designing in 2010. Although the color has a fresh start this year, the name is still outdated. If "Mauve" is a hard term to swallow when thinking of modern design perhaps Amethyst, Dusty Berry or Rhubarb seem more appropriate. Many clients are taking a softer, more gentle approach to their color palettes. This amethyst hue carries warmth and provides the moment to showcase vibrant complimentary colors such as a lime green.

Here at O Interior Design we are celebrating a new year, new trends and a fresh outlook on the interiors to come! Here are a few of the things we love in our beloved Mauve:
We found these on, a fabulous and eclectic website that caters to the unique! These leather and chrome chairs, designed by John Stuart lend funk and glamour to any space.
A hand-knotted, wild silk rug with a beautiful "coffee stain" abstract by Fort Street Studio. This rug melds geometric motif with an organic feel creating subtle beauty.
A bath’s best friend. Soft and plush underfoot in earth-friendly, certified organic cotton that’s grown without harmful pesticides or herbicides. West Elm pairs this Dusty Amethyst with teals and greys of the same tonal value, fresh and relaxing.
"Albany Damask" from the Cassix Exotic Flock Collection from Cole & Son takes a classic damask design and livens it up with exciting colors.

Designed by Antonio Marasco (1896-1975) this textile by Obsborne & Little is a trellis reminiscent of the braiding on military uniforms. A retro design for a reborn color!

Do not disregard this once subdued color! It provides the link between past and present, between comfort and trend. It is likely that Mauve will make its comeback and vanish just like any other retro movement, but until then we plan to fully embrace and share its great warmth!

Cheers to 2010!
Cheers to loving our surroundings!
Cheers to Mauve!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i love the look . i love the colors that you use together . can you tell me where to get the paint colors.. I saw your design in house beautiful.. what was that on the walls.. i love it