How mauve and black are back in style, with a twist


Mauve accented artwork as well as black and mauve accessories highlight mouldings that include mauve accents. Photos: Handout/TNS

Anyone over the age of 45 will likely remember the “it” colours of the 1980s. But just in case you have forgotten, the colour combination was black and mauve.

Essentially black paired with a dusty rose shade of pink. Then the colour combination became “dated”.

Now black and mauve or deep charcoal/black and soft pinks are back in style. Why? Pastel colours remain in, from soft yellow to powder blue and even mint green and pink is part of this trend.

Further, those looking for a contrast colour to pair with the harshness of a dark charcoal or black, find a sense of freshness when the 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.

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.

Curate select pieces of art that can include both the colours black and mauve in a single piece.Black and mauve take centre stage in this elegant living space.Black and mauve take centre stage in this elegant living space.

Try using black as your larger pieces such as upholstery and mauve for accents.

Experiment with this colour combination in various rooms of a home, for example in a living space. Pink doesn’t have to be used in just bedrooms.

Consider the colour black for soft goods such as throws, pillows and even items such as rugs, as these pieces will last for years to come and can be paired with various colours.

Use multiple items of each colour throughout a space, which is a technique called “colour mapping” in order to help a space feel cohesive. Look for interesting ways to infuse colour into a space such as with blooms and accessories.

Need a start for your colour story? Try finding an inspirational piece that includes both black and mauve as your “inspiration” piece.A pop of pink adds an unexpected contrast element to this living room.A pop of pink adds an unexpected contrast element to this living room.

Experiment with adding mirrors to a space as this will help to reflect both light and colour.

Consider adding greenery to your space. The colour green will add an unexpected “pop of colour” when paired with black and mauve. — Tribune News Service

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