MARDI GRAS HOME DECOR
Carnival season in Louisiana has become synonymous with the name given to its final day, Mardi Gras. A regal, decadent, uninhibited, colorful time with endless music, parties, and parades. For many people it’s also time spent with family, friends, good food, and a celebration of culture. It’s got something for everybody. Except me. In the past I’ve enjoyed Mardi Gras festivities, but if given the choice I will stay home to read and binge watch TV.
Around here, Christmas décor comes down just in time to put up Mardi Gras decorations. Sometimes on the same tree. Locals love to adorn their homes with the colors and symbols of this joyful holiday for a few weeks every year. Taking a cue from this idea, I’ve pulled together inspiration and furniture that exude the spirit of Mardi Gras.
This is a palette not for the color shy or minimalist, but the result is unexpected, interesting, and fun. Why not surround yourself with beautiful pieces, bold color, and gold all year round! Finding inspiration rooms in the typical color palette of purple, green, and gold was no easy feat. The primary version of these colors look great on costumes and floats, not so much in chic interiors. It works much better in rooms when applied as deep jewel tones or a little less saturated. Also, with lots of neutrals to balance the intense colors. I’m more drawn to the look of the final image. That deep green sofa, gold coffee table, and floral chair are my kind of Mardi Gras.
Sourcing individual pieces that fit the desired aesthetic was much easier to come by. I realized while online shopping that I have never had to source purple furnishings before. It’s not a color request I hear often, but in the right application it can work. In addition to the typical color scheme, I found a few pieces that just felt right for the roundup. Pineapples for southern hospitality, beads strewn on a chandelier, and that sconce from a New Orleans designer is fit for a Carnival king.
Above are a selection of wall colors and finishes that I think appropriately fit the mood. Farrow and Ball always has the best inventory of curated colors and prints so I usually start there. The olive paint looks amazing as a wall color, and feeds into my current olive obsession. I would also love to see this gold stripe paper in a contemporary setting, a la Kate Spade’s retail shop.
Carnival is all about having fun and celebrating life, so take risks in decorating and create a space that inspires you. Happy Mardi Gras!