Lavender-Color Trend for the Home

Lavender-Color Trend for the Home

A well-loved Mediterranean herb, lavender has been associated with cleanliness since Romans first added it to their bathwater. In fact, the name comes from the Latin lavandus, meaning to wash. Now, lavenders in all shades are  washing through out homes as accents and in full color!

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Lavender Fields Sonoma County-image via Irene Turner

Most often when thinking of lavender fields we think of Provence. However, here in Northern California’s Wine Country we also have fields of lavender and it graces gardens everywhere. It’s the scent and the vibrant color that first grabs your attention. While most lavender we see is dried and therefore a more subdued color, a field of lavender is an explosion of purple on a blanket of silvery-green.

Lavender is also the number one aromatherapy scent in the world. It is said to help relieve muscle pain, migraines and other headaches. It is used cosmetically and  is best known for relaxing brain waves and reducing stress.

I personally think the aromatherapy benefits as well as the energy of the color itself infuses interiors when we use this color in design. We are seeing lavender used from bold purple tints,

Image courtesy of Hamptons Showhouse by Tilton Fenwick

to soft washes of pale, elegant and feminine shades of lilac and lavender.

image courtesy of My Interior Life Blog

And, all shades work as accents in accessories, drapes, chairs, art etc.

image courtesy of the Lennox Blog-Design by Martensen Jones Interiors,

The color purple as defined by my favorite color blog, Sensational Color helps to:

  • Uplifts
  • Calms the mind and nerves
  • Offers a sense of spirituality
  • Encourages creativity

And pale lavenders add a feeling of:

  •  femininity
  • grace
  • and elegance
As we move into fall 2011, watch for soft shades to appear in clothing as well, here from Christian Dior and Missoni, a couple of my favorites!

image courtesy of MillionLooks.com

 So, what do you think of shades of lavender in interior design? Would you use it? Yes? No? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to know what you are thinking.

I think Lavender is definitely a Little Bit of Beauty™ for sure. Check out the video below for more ideas and inspiration. Cheers!

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12 Comments

  1. Isabel de Y 11 years ago

    I love all shades, tints and tones of lavender, Irene. A very informative post and I have enjoyed your presentation very much. Good job!

    • Author
      Irene Turner 11 years ago

      You know Isabel, I never really used to like this color, however, now it’s looking fresh, new and exciting. Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you like!

  2. Jennifer Jennings 11 years ago

    love love love lavender want to paint my bedroom in a great lavender- but cant find the perfect color paint

    • Author
      Irene Turner 11 years ago

      I guess it all depends if you want a blue lavender or a pink lavender. Pick one base color to work with when picking your lavender. and then add a touch of grey to cool down and so it doesn’t look like a little girl’s room. You can do it! For sure.

  3. I am liking the color lavender more and more. I have been thinking about getting a lavender plant for our place as well. I didn’t know that is helped with migraines. That is amazing!

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