Mostly Mauve

kitchen with mauve ceramic tile range guard with a black Aga - housetohome via AtticmagA variation in the purple family shows its home décor chops.

Grayer than magenta and softer than fuchsia, mauve is a muted purple Victorian color that can range from dusky rose-ish to grape. Named after the mallow flower in the late 19th century, it is a color that is currently seen on upholstery, especially in England. Not only does it blend beautifully with whites and grays, the most muted variations can be visual shifters in combination with stronger hues. Although I’ve written about a Purple Cabinet Kitchen and Shades of Purple Bathrooms, this is my first sighting of glazed ceramic mauve tile in a kitchen. Used in a tone-on-tone scheme with Farrow & Ball paint  – and perfectly framed in the back of a niche for a glossy black Aga cooker – this offbeat mauve tile creates a focal point with real visual excitement in what otherwise be the type of  white kitchen seen over and over again.

mauve decorative tile bathroom wall TexTiles Ottoman II tile - style-files via AtticmagPatterned ceramic tile, also in the mauve family, looks sumptuous as a backsplash for a bathroom sink bordered by limestone and appointed with natural brass pillar taps. One of many distinctive tile ranges based on a fabric designs, this Ottoman II tile panel (in magenta) from TexTiles was inspired by a 17th century Turkish velvet.

(Source: housetohome, style-files)

For more purple in home decor you might enjoy: Plum Crazy, Royal Plush, Fuchsia Accents, Fuchsia Flashes, Plummy Dark Rooms

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3 Responses to Mostly Mauve

  1. Allison August 10, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Jane, I’ve had the bathroom picture pulled for awhile. I just love the color and design. The first kitchen is nice, but all the matching accessories are just too much for my stomach.

  2. Jane F August 10, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    A stylist got really busy on those accessories for sure. But the basic kitchen color combo is something I haven’t seen before.

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