05 August 2009

Color Notes: Purple Haze

Welcome to the fourth Color Notes posting. The purpose of this series is to share inspiring products and helpful ideas for the many hues you might want to incorporate into your home's design scheme.

Last month, I kicked off this new series with Red, White and Blue, in honor of the Fourth of July. At that time, I also posted a poll on your next requested color. Lavender won, beating out black, orange and green. So this Color Notes will focus on lavender and its close relatives, lilac, plum, violet and purple, with thanks to my dear friend and flower enthusiast, Cilla, for suggesting it! Shown here is Benjamin Moore's Lavender Lipstick.

Why lavender?

Lavender is associated with the fragrant and relaxing properties of its namesake flower. It is treasured for its beauty and scent, and adds a soft richness to any room it accents. Lavender can be a wonderful hue for a bedroom or bath, as well as a nursery. Its darker relatives, plum, violet and purple would add cool drama to a living room, master suite or formal dining room.

Where not to go lavender

I'd avoid this shade in a boy's bedroom, as it often feels more feminine than masculine. I'd also avoid it in a work room, as its lulling qualities may hinder productivity!

I adore lavender with...

Apple green and white
As shown here in this Alessa Quilt and
coordinated bedding from Pine Cone Hill

Turquoise and pink
On their Bisley cream/green/lilac fabric

As shown on this Teleflora rose bouquet

Tans and taupes
Like those in this Kravet Heather Funtini fabric

And muted yellows and greys
As shown here on Eileen Fisher's
raw silk pillow covers for Garnet Hill

Lavender, lilac, plum, violet and purple delights

I loved collecting these aubergine treasures. Hope you enjoy them, too! Please let me know if you decide to get any for your home -- send pictures!

Savor these cool and crisp linens from Restoration Hardware

Go plush with this plummy tufted chaise on
Urban Outfitters' site

Spiff up your cabinets with these violet glass pulls
from Restoration Hardware

This relaxed linen bedding from Garnet Hill
just begs to be napped on!

Reflect your originality in this Novica mirror
at Cost Plus World Market

Can't you just picture this Carmen Pillow from Crate & Barrel
resting on a natural linen chaise!

Luxe up your living room with
Horchow's luscious Olivia chair

Stir up tradition with Kravet's House Party - Plum fabric

Or mellow out with Z Gallerie's Mini Orchid Votives

Let's wrap up the posting with this scrumptious
Zambia Throw, also from Z Gallerie

Enjoy the entire Color Notes series...


  1. I am not normally a lavender fan... but the pictures were gorgeous! LOVE the Olivia chair... beautiful!

  2. Lavendar is a lovely colour...calm!

  3. It looks lovely with that apple green, maybe for spring time.
    Although, for colder months, that last throw you pictured would be very hard to beat!

  4. I love lavendar too! It's in my girl's room.

    Great post, lovely blog.


  5. What a great idea - ode to a color! Any shade of purple is alright by me!

  6. Good grief! You made me look up "aubergine" in the dictionary. Now, I know. We keep our lavender mostly restricted to my wife's tops and she makes lavender look great.

  7. Wooohooo!!! Purple has always been my favourite colour. I love practically every shade of purple, except for maybe the Barney version ;-) I'm seriously contemplating painting our dining room purple & aqua....

    Thanks for all the purple inspiration :-)


  8. I really like the idea of a lavender, green and white combination. Enjoyed the photos! thanks for the comments on both the spiritual post and the mountain home post.

  9. aaaahhh!! this is just lovely! very relaxing! it's like i want to sleep on the bed the whole day!


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