Lavender, a popular color, is a light tone of violet.
The name comes from the flower of the lavender plant. Originally, the name lavender only meant the color of this flower. The color of the flower is still the standard for lavender but there are many other tones of light or medium violet now called lavender also.
The color of the flower can also be called floral lavender. Other shades of lavender can range in hue from pinkish purple through violet to blueish-indigo. They can also range from light and pale to medium and greyish shades.
The first recorded use of the word lavender as a color term in English was in 1705.
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 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.
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. 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 combination.
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. 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.
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. Just like purple, lavender is a color with royal and sophisticated flair. This becomes more visible when paired with the right textures and fabrics.
Lavender is a rather pretentious color. 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.