I am helping a friend upholster her new couch. When I asked her what color she had in mind for fabric, she matter-of-factly responded “Pink.” Okay then – pink it is and I spent the next few days with visions of a girly pink couch dancing in my head.
Fast forward a few days later and my friend told me she had color samples to help me narrow me down the fabric selection. Let’s just say choosing a color of pink is like choosing a white – a million options and all are never exactly what you envisioned in your head. So when my friend pulled out her “color samples” I was perplexed.
She pulled out a file folder in the perfect shade of mauve. Mauve. Yes that color that no one knows exactly how to explain but we all know it when we see it. A bit of a grey, a touch of purple and perhaps a smidge of tan….. and apparently a sprinkling of pink! To be honest, I was a little taken aback that she wanted a mauve couch but the more I thought about it, I began to think that maybe she was on to something.
Because the color is so hard to pin down, mauve is almost a neutral in many ways. It goes well with a variety of colors, can read as feminine or masculine and plays well in a variety of light levels. By golly, I think mauve may be the missing “designer link” when it comes to rooms! Inspired, I did a quick search for mauve and came across these awesome designs…..
After my epiphany, I was pumped to scour my discount fabric resources for some options and I found TEN fabrics that fit th e bill for under $20 including a mauve mohair and a silk velvet.. I am excited to see which fabric my friend chooses…..
So do you have a love affair with something that others find odd? What’s your “mauve love” affair?
Images: in order: (1) thelennox; (2) porter design company; (3) omah trends; (4) irina graewe; (5) elle decor; (6) 4.bp.blogspot