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Decorate With Lilac

Decorate With Lilac

Lilac is such a beautiful color!  It's a pale violet. (Violet is a color on the light spectrum, or rainbow).  Other descriptive names for lilac are mauve, light purple, light to bright lilac or French lilac. I find that lilac has an ethereal quality, soft and comforting.  It suggests harmony and peace.  Yet, its power to influence is subtle.  Perhaps that's because it inherits some of its cultural and psychological characteristic from being in the family color of purple.  What do I mean by cultural and psychological characteristics?  An example would be that some cultures denote purple to be "associated with royalty and the nobility, creating an impression of luxury, wealth and extravagance." (Empower Yourself With Color.com)  Though often relegated as an accent and in a bouquet of lilac flowers sitting on a table, lilac does find its way in interior rooms and even in a very dramatic way.

In her very popular blog, Design Seeds, Jessica gives us several beautiful color palates from which we can draw inspirations for an interior room. Here are a few:

Isn't that one of the most beautiful colors you've ever seen?  Shades and tones of lilac with a hint of orange.  This next one takes us to spring but we don't have to limit our color thoughts to that as you will see in the image that follows.

From Design Seeds 02.11.13

From Design Seeds 02.11.13

Let's look at a few lilac rooms.  The bedroom below was created for teenage girls but it's also quite suitable for an adult.

Kids rooms aside, lilac is also for the grown ups as these next images dramatically and poignantly illustrate.

Stunning lilac wall mural found on Pinterest.com

Stunning lilac wall mural found on Pinterest.com

Found on Pinterest:  Interior Designer Kate Coughlin :: New England Home Magazine :: photographed by Robert Benson

Found on Pinterest:  Interior Designer Kate Coughlin :: New England Home Magazine :: photographed by Robert Benson

The unexpected, when found in interior decor, is always fun and exciting to the visual experience.  Living in it can only be more poignant. This next image with lilac chairs nestled under a variety of mirrors and lights is a perfect example of what I refer to.

Found on Pinterest.com

Found on Pinterest.com

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If lilac is a color that interests you, you may want to try your hand with a Polyvore set.  Here are a couple of sets I had created.

Lilac, blue and white.  Pillow by annsliee at www.shop.annsliee.com

Lilac, blue and white.  Pillow by annsliee at www.shop.annsliee.com

Design board by annsliee.  Pillow from www.shop.annsliee.com

Design board by annsliee.  Pillow from www.shop.annsliee.com

Want to explore using lilac in your next interior decorating project?  Prepare yourself for a most pleasurable and peaceful venture.  Expand your search to the color family of purple. 

Did you know that the difference between violet and purple is that the latter is simply a mix of red and green?  (from Empower Yourself With Color.com)

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Handmade Favorites July 2014

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Decorating Tip:  Transform Nicknack Clutter To A Collection

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