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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Is It Lavender or Lilac?

Southern Accents magazine.  Designer Amelia Handegan

Is it Lavender or Lilac?  These are two gorgeous colors.  Lavender is a light to pale purple with a bluish hue and Lilac is a light to pale purple with a pinkish hue.  I love to look at both of these colors  and yet, I never use them in my own home.  Often we think of a little girls room when we think of either of these two colors.  If the room has too much of either of these colors it will appear too sweet.  A room done in shades that are too vibrant of either of these colors will seem harsh and jarring to the eye.  I want to show you some " grown-up" rooms done very nicely in Lavender and/or Lilac.   I always pause when I see a room done well in either one of these colors.  Here are some pictures that just made me take pause and say," Aaaaaaah!"

This room has a nice contrast between the dark brown and the lilac.

Very Pretty!

With just a touch of Lilac in the lovely flowers, this room reads as a Lilac room.

What a comfy looking chaise.  I love the softness of the lavender velvet. It looks so inviting to me. Notice the blue-gray in this lavender?

How delightful would it be to sit here and have a wonderful meal with so many pretty things in lavender to look at?

Notice just a hint of lilac on the walls, keeping it soft and gentle to the eye.

This homeowner, reallllly loves lavender!  I have to mention the great beamed ceiling in this picture

What a pretty combination, Spring green and lilac

Aaaaaah! Isn't this a sweet nursery?

Just subtle touches of lavender here.

Whoa!!! Although this room is well decorated, the vibrant Lavender took it to a place that , personally , I do not want to go.

You can see when a color is used in the right value it can be a beautiful  room, however, when done overboard it is very jarring to the eye.

I will leave you with this final picture of Lavender done in the very best possible way.

"Enjoy the Process" Of:  Discovering ways to use Lavender in your Home.



Sue said...

I love that last picture. I don't decorate with lavendar or wear it. I think that comes from the "When I am old...I will wear purple" poem. I do however love to bring in shades of purple in flowers. I love deep purple and green together, love lilacs when I can get them...and I love a spritz of lavendar on my sheets.


Rue said...

Hi Kathysue :)

I'm not a purple lover at all, but I love the table setting with it. I think it's a lot like using turquoise... a little goes a long way ;)


Kat said...

Now Kathysue, you know about my problems with purple lol. But the bath with just the touch of lavender in the flowers is gorgeous, and I actually really love the beachy room with the beamed ceiling. The last room is definitely a WOW room, but there is no way I could live with it. I think I'll just camp in that field and be happy! Kat

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

These rooms are so soft and serene. However, I prefer just touches of lavender or lilac.
However, the rooms all have Wow!

La Dolfina said...

I adore photo # 3
I'll leave lavender to the professionals and admire it from afar :)

Tricia said...

Gorgeous images! I could handle some subtle accents in my home for sure~ flowers and pillows.