Thursday, July 9, 2009

Luscious Lilac and Lavender!

I don’t often hear many people describing purple as their most favorite color.  Perhaps the idea of using this hue, in an interior space, is of concern due to the intensity.  The concept might be overkill for some.  When I mention softer versions, such as lavender, lilac, or periwinkle, I can almost instantly feel a wave of relief in discussions about this color palette.


Unless you are a preteen girl, or a huge Prince fan, the varying shades of purple should be used sparingly, in order to maintain a peaceful or sophisticated atmosphere.  Using a tint or grayed down version can also “keep the peace” within this color family.

300px-Color_icon_lilac_svg This color block illustrates the various degrees of intensity.

matt jones photography What beautiful shading in this violet specimen. Photography by Matt Jones

delphinium3Pop a vase of Delphiniums, into a room, for a dramatic touch of color.

Shades of lavender and lilac are often used in healing or meditation rooms.  They are part of the purple spectrum which promotes good judgment, spiritual fulfillment and energy flow.  Too much of a good thing can also create a “higher vibration”, which, according to Feng Shui experts, may create irritability and discourse.

Lee Jofa - Fioretti Plum Lee Jofa – Fioretti – Plum – A most “mystical” fabric pattern.

We often think of purple as being the color of royalty.  Children tend to favor the different variations, as well as artists. Key words associated with shades of purple are:  wisdom, relaxation, passion and excitement.

66982A fun way to add a temporary touch of lavender . . . paper monogrammed coasters -

Lee Jofa DorothyLee Jofa’s Dorothy pattern adds a definite feminine   twist.  So pretty!

ldw_01_36 Thibaut’s Luxembourg Damask grounds this bright room and reminds me of a deep shade of a fine Bordeaux.  The full effect is shown on the chaise, below.


Groundworks Dragonfly GP & J Baker Selton Check

The examples of geometric fabrics, above, should dispel any thoughts of limitations to only a feminine persuasion.  (We can’t leave out our male audience!)

5338-66 This Pearson Company embroidered silk was used as an accent in a bedroom chair. It’s even lovelier in person!

Etsy soulflowerI just loved this block-printed card from Etsy, by Shellie Garcia of Soulflower. The temple design brings home the meditative properties of purple.


I found this fabulous design on Creative Montage’s blogspot.  Aimee designed my logo but her expertise is much broader.  Read her post for the inspiration story!

Now . . . would you believe, after all of these examples, I never considered lilac, lavender, violet or any of the options of purple, as a favorite color?  I am happy to use it in a client’s design project and, as a designer, I am open to many color options – as well I should be.  I may just change my mind after having been on this little journey for my post.  What about you?  How can you envision bringing this most special color into your world?

Cheers!  Wanda


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How timely Wanda! The day job office where I work was recently painted colors similar to the first and third swatch in the blocks of color you show. Very contemporary looking; it looks really nice with the white trim.

DesignTies said...

Well I'm going to say it -- my favourite colour is purple!!! :-) It always has been, ever since I was a kid.

I have the same hydrangeas and delphiniums you posted pics of in my garden. Our house has a purple bathroom and a purple bedroom, and purple accents in other rooms.

If you'd like to see more purple, I wrote a post about it a while back:

Thanks for sharing your purple finds :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

DesignTies said...

Just a quick note to say "thanks" for following us at DesignTies! I've been following you via your Facebook fan page... when I saw your purple post I HAD to share it with my blog partner Kelly... and I see she's been here, connecting with another lover of purple!! She is REALLY a die-hard purple fanatic! ;-)

If you're interested, why not search out Edin Interiors on Facebook and come follow me?

See you around the blogsphere :-)
Victoria @ DesignTies

LMS Design Group said...

Love the purple! That Pearson fabric that you showed is fabulous. We carry Pearson in the showroom and I loved that fabric the first time I saw it. Great blog post!