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Purple and lavender can be tricky to use when choosing to use the color in your home. If you immediately conjure up images of Doris Day movies or your long-gone grandmother’s bedroom, I pity you, because lavender can be insanely chic. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of Pillow Talk and lavender, if used sparingly and properly.
Lavender is primarily a feminine color, but not always, and can add visual excitement with very little effort. The delicate purple bird found in the Chinoiserie wallpaper is used as a jumping off point to introduce the purple ceramic table lamp, pale lavender upholstered chair cushions and painting. Although this room reads “colorful” it is primarily a neutral space.
All it takes is one bold ceramic table lamp to set the tone for a designer-inspired space.
Here is a more contemporary interior using lavender as a highly successful accent color. I think it’s very stylish to pair the lavender covered antique French chair with the other blocky, geometric pieces of furniture. Notice how the chair becomes a true focal point, yet the space remains soothing?
This traditional library is intended to be cozy and warm. By upholstering in darker shades of purple and lavender velvet the room takes on a clubby and more masculine vibe. Another trick to de-feminize the color in this room was to introduce the worn, brown leather sofa, dark walls and warm brass ceiling light.
Making lavender appear more tropical is easy. By using gauzy, lavender linen for the curtains, this room exhibits a more casual feel. Remember the “tooth” or “feel” of your fabric will usually dictate how the room will appear.
This foyer is a study in bright and breezy. However, without the deeper, patterned purple rug to ground the space, you may feel that you have approached the pearly gates a tad too soon!
I could write volumes about how much I love this silk and seagrass lavender wallpaper. The soft and gentle tones of this paper make it soothing to the eye. Mind you, anything darker, in my opinion, would be vulgar. Black lamp shades and mirror grounds the space and gives the eye a place to rest. Because the walls and sofa are solid it was smart to introduce lavender in patterns for the pillows and chairs.
A lavender replacement shade is a great way to revive an old lamp and create a more soothing tone to most rooms.
This eclectic bedroom is very fun and creatively designed. Hanging light fixtures add an exotic tone as they free-up space on the nightstands. Lavender accent pillows warm up the pale headboard and walls without becoming overbearing. If a trip to the lavender fields of France is not on the books for this year, lavender at home may be the way to go.
Photos courtesy of Oliveaux, Cinoiserie Chic, Zhush
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.
I love all these lavendar ideas, I cannot seem to pick a favorite room! And the deep purple table lamp is fantastic.
Thanks for the nice comments!