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!
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,
to soft washes of pale, elegant and feminine shades of lilac and lavender.
And, all shades work as accents in accessories, drapes, chairs, art etc.
The color purple as defined by my favorite color blog, Sensational Color helps to:
- Calms the mind and nerves
- Offers a sense of spirituality
- Encourages creativity
And pale lavenders add a feeling of:
- and elegance
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!