April 26, 2011

LAVENDER INTERIORS


YES, LAVENDER!
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Its Latin name was lavandārius, from lavanda
"things to be washed" from the verb lavāre "to wash.

The soft pale purple color is restorative and calming for interiors too. 
Years ago lavender, like pink was considered feminine - not any more, it's HOT in the design world.
Rooms in any shade of amethyst, gray-lavender to orchid and pale purple are "inspired"  regardless of intensity, it's daring and soothing at the same time...gotta love that!

TRADITIONAL ROOMS

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OMG, I think its freekin' awesome. The traditional living room goes contemporary with pale, pale lavender!  The colors are updated but the feeling is old world.


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This super chic bedroom is restful to the senses; it provides a fresh and clean feeling. The tan and white carpet and faux-fur throw are a nice balance.


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This well coordinated room mixes the colorful chintz with other simple background fabrics including the striped curtains. All of the fabrics including the pale lavender walls step to the the background allowing the multicolored chintz to be the primary story-teller.


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Who doesn't want to sleep in this cozy room?
Garret rooms are cozy anyhow, but that lavender stripe wallpaper with the solid fabrics is a wonderful combo, otherwise it would be too busy in a small room.


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(Source: World of Interiors)
This country house is perked up with lavender slip-covers in the living room. The blue Chinese porcelains go well with lavender too!


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Grandma's guest room never looked so good!
Again, the wallpaper is allowed to be the primary player all other decorations are kept humble and simple with a lot of white.


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(Source: Joseph Paul Davis, Interiors)
The client and I used all existing furniture. The curtains are a beautiful linen print; from them we extracted all of our color scheme, including the lavender carpet and the turquoise and lavender wallpaper. All of the upholstery was slipcovered in gray, lilac and white gingham.


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(Designer: Amelia Handegan)
This French style bedroom is perfection! Checks mixed with several toiles works together very well.


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The quintessential Traditional dining room
But alas...it's GROOVY... not stoic!!


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(Designer: Charlotte Moss)
A shirred foyer, a great way to hide crappy walls or an abandoned doorway to nowhere.


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This lovely lavender living room is mixed with black and white, yet still looks perfect in this traditional envelope of English style mouldings and doors.


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(Designer: Nicky Haslam)
This 18th century house is perked up with orchid-toned curtains and accents, and it doesn't look forced or peculiar in this 200 year old room!


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Another 18th century house, but with deep chocolate walls and bright lavender curtains and upholstery. Crisp white woodwork makes this scheme work.


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(Designer: Eric Cohler)
This is the typical Chippendale dining room, but the  Lavender yanks it out of that boring 1980's "phony-Colonie" look!


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(House Beautiful)
Another splendid lavender bedroom!
Simple fabrics and textures are always a winner.


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(Hooked on Houses)
This boring bathroom with no special features is transformed into a very crisp space with the polka-dot walls and lavender accents.


TRANSITIONAL ROOMS

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(Designer: Jamie Drake)
This elegant multi-colored space is vivid and soothing!


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(Designer: Jose Battencourt)
A perfect example of a masculine toned lavender space, carefully mixed with plum, cream and beige.


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Chic caramel and deep lavender with white and cream.


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This soft mauve and lavender scheme are especially handsome with the apple green accents - without girly too!


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(Designer: Jamie Drake)
It's colorful, happy and involves art and antiques but feels amazingly contemporary. The taupe walls and sofa allow the vivid colors to pop!


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The retro Chinese toile wallpaper in lavender is all you need to rock it out! Mixed with black floors, a modern dresser and simple off-the-shelf curtains.


CONTEMPORARY ROOMS

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(Designer: Jamie Drake)
The lacquered wall panels and carpet in lavender with the fuchsia velvet and tweed upholstery is highlighted by the hot pink ceiling and gilded antiques.


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(Designer: Michelle Workman)
Jennifer Lopez's foyer! She has a traditional colonial style home, but it's all done in contemporary. The Lucite console surmounted by contemporary art hung on the super pale orchid wallpaper works so well with the white trim.


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This uber-swank dining room with fuchsia cut-velvet chairs, Lucite table, mint and lavender carpet - which are all "vintage found" items!


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(Designer: Eve Robinson)
This is a perfect use of lavender; super cool wallpaper, white trim, white Donghia chairs -- all simple, "approachable" and crisp.


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This dining room uses a wall of glass reverse painted in lavender and white marble floors. The all-white furniture and fittings make the wall stand out perfectly!


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This casual beach house in Martha's Vinyard keeps the backgrounds simple in white with dark floors. But, the lavender accents are powerful and unexpected.



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(Designer: Olaf  Szczepaniakla)
This is the most modern room in this missive and it's almost shocking to see it with the pale lavender walls. Everyone expects modern houses to be dead white, this departs cleverly from the expected.


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(The Decoroligist)
This is what interior design is all about now days, Eclectic!
A contemporary envelope of pale lilac lacquered walls, polished cement floors, a Henningsen "artichoke" lamp over a Saarinen table with classic antique Italian chairs...perfection!


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