What Is Lavender And How To Work With This Color

In order to understand lavender as a color we must first make the distinction between purple and violet. These two shades are often used interchangeably, although they refer to different things. True, they are both obtained by mixing red and blue but in different proportions. Purple is closer to blue than it is to red while violet is closer to red than blue.

Lavender color symbolism

Every color has a unique symbolism, a set of characteristics that we associate it with, whether the connection is based on natural elements or on something man-made. For purple, the symbolism can be a bit abstract at times.

We usually associate the color purple with the idea of royalty. This has a simple explanation which is based around history. Because purple is not a color that’s easy to find in nature or easy to produce, there was a time when only the most wealthy were able to afford it, hence the association with royalty. That’s not the case anymore but the symbolism remains.

Purple also conveys wisdom and mystery and we often associate it with witches, wizards and magic. It’s a nice color to use in a décor if you want it to have a theatrical and artistic vibe.

Certain shades of purple like lavender can have a soothing effect. It’s the color of the actual lavender plant which is known to be calming and relaxing. It’s also the color of lilac which is a beautiful and delicate flower.

We also associate purple and various variations of it with the mystery of the deep and the outer space. It’s a color that makes us think of distant galaxies and cluster of stars from far away.

There’s also something quite exotic of purple, lavender and other similar nuance. That’s also due to the fact that these colors don’t occur in nature very often. They’re rare and thus exotic and can also feel very artificial. This is one of the reasons why purple is such a strong color, one which people usually either love or hate.

18 Lavender color decor ideas

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Lavender is the shade obtained by mixing purple with white. That’s because it’s a rather bluish shade, like a sort of very diluted purple. However, there are many different tones of lavender on the color chart these days, some of which are reddish and some of which are bluish. But because lavender takes its name from a flower and that too features variations, all of these shades are acceptable and defined by a single term: lavender.

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Lavender is often used in nurseries and kids’ rooms. It’s basically a neutral shade suitable for both girls and boys but we can take advantage of the numerous variations which can be obtained and bring it closer to pink or closer to blue in order to make a distinction.{found on hendelhomes}.

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When combined with various pastels and with white, lavender is a relaxing and soothing color. But it’s also a rather cold shade so add some orange, yellow or red to the mix to warm up the room.

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Most often, lavender is used on the walls. But having all the walls in a room painted lavender can be a bit too much. So an accent wall is preferred. And because lavender looks well when combined with white or light grey, this is a suitable option.

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But as pure and innocent as lavender may seem as a color, it’s not only for the kids. In fact, it can look very sophisticated when used in other settings. For example, this kitchen seems to have it all figured out. Lavender is the accent color and the white and grey details make it stand out in an exquisite way.

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A richer lavender tone can be used when a more vibrant look is desired. Just like the faint pastel tones, it looks great when combined with grey and white but also with wood in order to get a balanced, warm and inviting ambiance.{found on jeffkingandco}.

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Just like purple, lavender is a color with royal and sophisticated flair. This becomes more visible when paired with the right textures and fabrics. This bedroom is a perfect example, featuring satin accents and mirrored surfaces.

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In order to get a feminine look, lavender can have a reddish-pinkish hue and it can be paired with violet, magenta and other shades. Just keep in mind that the décor has to moderated in order to stay relaxing.{found on blink}.

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You can play with various types of lavender shades in a bedroom to obtain a simple look that’s not monotonous. Mix in diverse patterns and some accent tones as well for diversity.

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Lavender is a rather pretentious color and that is why it’s not usually used in living rooms. It doesn’t go well with a lot of other colors. But you can take advantage of the color’s nature to create a unique and unexpected look with a lavender area rug or something similar.{found on flegelsconstruction}.

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Lavender is a beautiful color to use in the bedroom. This is based on its relaxing and calming effect which we mentioned earlier. Add lavender accents in the form of accessories or little details that add up and stand out in contrast with the main color palette of the room.

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Here’s another beautiful example of how lavender and other purple-based nuances can be added to a bedroom. Here these colors give the room a feminine and sophisticated look. They’re definitely strong and vibrant but they also have a soothing feel.

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These beautiful colors can also make the living room look magnificent. Because purple and any related nuances look so exotic even the more subdued hues stand out a lot. Take this lavender sofa for instance. The color is quite faint but still pops quite a bit.{found burnhamdesign}.

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Mix lavender and purple with various different textures and patterns to soften and tame them. Strong colors such as these can become overwhelming if introduced on large and flat surfaces. It’s nice to complement them with soft and rich textures.{found on susanglickinteriors}.

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Lavender is a beautiful color for a girl’s bedroom. It’s the more grown-up and sophisticated version of pink in this sense. Pair it with elegant and delicate textures and finishes, add pattern and play with different finishes to create a chic décor.{found on kbwinteriors}.

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Darker and richer shades of purple and lavender can also look beautiful. They can look quite intense if not complemented by other nuances or used in combination with pleasing textures and finishes. This kids’ bedroom is a nice example of a bold but also well-balanced décor.{found on korayyavuzer}.

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Lavender is also a gorgeous color for the outdoor areas such as patios, terraces and so on. It’s not a color that commonly occurs in nature so you can be sure it will stand out and it won’t blend in with the surroundings.{found on mcdugaldsteele}.

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Of course, purple does occasionally occur in nature and you can find lots of inspiration in plants such as lavender and various flowers in order to create a magnificent landscape. We love how deep and rich the colors of these planters spread across the terrace are. They go really well with the light and warm colors of the stones.