A beautiful sunset washed the sky with the prettiest pastel colors as I was driving home from work the other night. A soft shade of lavender swirled around hues of pink and pale blue. Behind it all was the glow of the sun and it was mesmerizing. The artistry in the sky inspired reminded me of Pantone’s “balancing act” color palette to complement Very Peri, the color of the year for 2022. Here’s how that palette translates into interior decorating schemes – specifically decorating with lavender.
Lavender Living Room
Lavender isn’t typically the first shade of paint chosen for a living room, but its effect can be serene and calming. The addition of wood furniture creates an elegant space.
For a more dramatic look, darken the shade of lavender and choose a soft plum. The end result is a bit more sophisticated. Ultra Violet was the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year and while plum isn’t quite as saturated, it comes close.
Most people wouldn’t think to use lavender with a farmhouse style living room, but the effect is quite peaceful when used on trim work.
Dining Rooms in Lavender
Create a cottage style dining room worthy of shabby chic appeal by painting walls a lavender-gray tone. You’ll find many shades of gray have an underlying lavender or violet tone to them.
Of course, decorating with lavender can create a more elegant dining experience, too.
I’m a huge fan of pairing lavender with gray and this inspirational photo is probably my favorite in showcasing ideas for decorating with lavender. Puppy looks content with his homeowner’s design choices.
Lavender and Periwinkle in the Kitchen
Lavender in the kitchen? Why not? If you’re looking for something different, add a single piece of lavender in the room, like your kitchen island.
This kitchen features a grayish shade of lavender on the ceiling and a light periwinkle on the cabinets below. A light wood range hood and kitchen island balance the color to create a pleasing effect.
Try experimenting with a pale shade of lavender on the walls instead of your basic white. It’ll give your kitchen a special glow.
Bold colors pair well with lavender, as seen with the bright aqua chair against the lavender island in this unique kitchen.
Soft Lavender Bedrooms
Most people would choose a bedroom when decorating with lavender. If you’re afraid to commit to wall paint in this pretty hue, consider adding lavender bedding as a seasonal option for spring or summer.
You’ll find your bedroom can be quite serene and restful.
Lavender in the Bathroom
Normally I wouldn’t choose lavender for a bathroom, but I have to admit I really love this space!
If you’re braver than most people, opt for lavender tiles in your bathroom.
Foyers in Lavender
Lavender in the foyer creates a soft and welcoming entry to your home. Keep it from looking too sweet by adding a contemporary stair runner and gray accent pieces.
When I think of decorating with lavender, I typically envision a Victorian style house. Something like this foyer with its stained glass windows and architectural details.
Do you have any lavender in your home? If not, consider adding a couple of throw pillows in this lovely shade that appears in romantic sunsets!
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