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While January technically rings in the new year, spring is when many of us press the restart button on our seasonal decor. This year, I wanted to give extra thought to my traditional seasonal updates. I decided to attempt a blue and mauve living room refresh.
There are few things more exciting to me than springtime. But, I tend to do a variation of the same white and pink floral set up every year.
This year I decided to sit down and brainstorm a theme. I would then plot a course of action and seek out a few special items to bring my vision together.
In this post, I’ll show you exactly how I was able to pull off this blue and mauve living room refresh for spring.
Seasonal Decorating Ideas
No matter what season you’re decorating for, there are a few areas that you can focus on in each room that will easily update its look.
While some people go all out and create elaborate mantel displays and tablescapes. I tend to take a simpler route when it comes to refreshing my spaces.
When it comes to the living room, my coffee table display, end table decor, and pillows are the very first things that I update.
You can easily do the same thing in your home.
Do this by choosing a floral display and swapping out table decor like figurines and baskets. Changing up books and magazines that you have out on display is also an easy way to refresh your space.
Additionally, updating the look of your furniture with new decorative pillows and throws goes a long way when it comes to creating a fresh, new look.
Blue and Mauve Spring Living Room Refresh
Blue, pink, yellow, and green are traditional spring colors. When you combine any one of these with a light, neutral base, you can’t go wrong.
While I usually opt for pink and white as my spring colors, this year I wanted to try something new like a dusty pink and blue color scheme.
However, it’s easy to miss the mark on this particular color combo. One wrong move and you could end up looking like you’re hosting a gender reveal party!
But, I thought that if I chose the right pink tones it could look really beautiful. So, I opted for mauve and other muted tones of pink to coordinate with my denim blue sofa and existing art.
To pull off this spring living room refresh color palette, I knew that I would need to find some accessories with those mauve and pink tones to splash around the room.
I’ll let you know exactly what I used in a moment.
Spring Living Room Theme
For my spring living room refresh, there were a few things that I knew I definitely wanted.
First and foremost, I wanted to add texture to my room. I also wanted to add some florals and other greenery that had a slightly whimsical look.
And last but not least I, of course, needed to find a way to infuse mauve and pink tones into a primarily blue and brown room.
Let me give you a little background on the space I was working with. Our living room has a denim blue sofa, a dark brown leather loveseat, and dark brown hardwood floors. We also have a light area rug with slight variations of gray tones running throughout it.
There are a couple of gray patterned accent chairs in the room as well.
Finally, we have a massive canvas painting that just about takes up the entire width of our fireplace mantel. Blue, gray, and white are the predominant colors in that piece.
1. Woven Baskets, Textures, and Patterns
The first thing I did was try to figure out how I wanted to incorporate texture into this space.
I knew woven baskets would be a big part of my strategy. But, in addition to that, I sought out other home accessories that had great textural elements to them as well.
While browsing around online the very first thing that grabbed my attention was this Tall Round Floor Wicker Basket*.
It has rough woven wicker that is just stunning. The texture and colors running throughout this basket are gorgeous. Not to mention, the construction is solid and it’s huge.
Currently, I have two pillows and a blanket in there and I could easily fit more.
I also wanted to make sure the containers I chose for my plants and florals featured a lot of texture as well.
For the main focus of my coffee table, I opted for a large glass vase with woven netting around it.
I’ve had this vase for years. But I’ve never really thought about how its design could be used to bring texture into a room.
So, this year I decided it would be the perfect thing to display at the center of the living room.
There are also textural moments at play in the artificial eucalyptus plant* on the end table.
The ceramic pot for this plant has a lovely rough pattern texture that gives it a great rustic look.
Finally, I wanted to infuse a little more variation into the fabrics on my sofa and chairs.
I decided to do this by changing up some of my decorative pillow covers. I choose a set of plush velvet lumbar pillow cushion covers and a large textured pillow cover with tassels.
2. Splashes of Mauve
Now on to color. I knew that I wanted mauve along with some other muted pink tones peppered throughout the room.
To achieve this, I let my decorative pillow covers do double duty. Not only did they add texture to the room, but they infused the mauve color into the furniture as well.
I wanted to feature a simple but elegant floral display on the coffee table.
Floral stems are very popular right now. At first, I was drawn to a set of eucalyptus stems but ultimately decided on tea rose stems in pink cream* which I thought would help bring another pink tone into the room.
This turned out to be an awesome pick! These stems are absolutely gorgeous. Because they’re so large (34 inches), they create a display of pink and cream that seems to stretch out in every direction from the vase and hovers in the middle of the room beautifully.
Above the sofa, I hung to wall art prints that we found recently from Wayfair.
They were originally in our home office, but I decided to move them out to the living room because they coordinated so well with the color palette in that room.
Not only are there subtle blue and gray tones in the set, but there’s also a light splash of peachy-pink coloring.
The color was just enough to help my color theme travel up the wall.
Last but not least, I chose books that had complementary tones to display on my coffee table along with my other decor.
3. Spring Florals and Greenery
As I mentioned above, one of the things that I was looking forward to was bringing more of a floral vibe to my living room this year.
This was actually an upcycle project from a couple of years ago. Check out the post, Home Decor Hack: Artificial Plant Makeover to see how I transformed this from an old, beat-up thrift store find.
In any event, I thought it would bring some balance to the roses and the small eucalyptus on the tabletops.
I’m really happy with the way my blue and mauve living room turned out. By adding texture, color, and adding a bit of greenery to the space I was able to create a spring living room that I absolutely love.
Let me know what you think of the space in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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