Move over millennial pink and sunshine yellow. Lavender—which may be derived from Latin “livere,” which means blueish—is the most soothing color on the spectrum. It includes light purples to pale pinks, which are feminine, youthful, and fresh, and blues to grays, which are luxurious, spiritual, and “grown-up”. A balance between fiery red and calm blue, it’s associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic. When it comes to this pretty pastel shade, it can recede into the background or command center stage. It can be whimsical or traditional—and everything in between.
Looking to liven up your home with this simply oh-so spring shade? Here are our favorite finds in lavender.
Blankets and Pillows
Perk up your plain sofa with this buttery soft Lavender Hummer Sherpa Blanket (DiaNoche Designs), featuring a hummingbird sipping nectar in a sea of lavender. Design by Dawn Derman, a self-taught artist from Larkspur, Colorado, it has a silky smooth top and extra snuggly bottom that will make it your go-to cuddle buddy year-round.
Or check out this generously-sized throw blanket from Z Gallerie in the perfect hue of amethyst.
Break free from solid color palettes: punctuate your couches, chairs, or hallway benches with this throw pillow (Wayfair) designed by Meredith Wing, a mixed-media fashion illustrator from Sydney, Australia. Made with artificial flowers, its lavender-adorned lady–printed on the front and back–is femininity all grown up, bringing refinement, grace, and elegance to every space.
Transform your bedroom into a restful retreat with this five-piece Florentina Comforter Set (Kohls) that includes two shams, a square pillow, and an oblong pillow. With elegant ruffles, pleated florets, and rhinestone accents, you’ll fall asleep in a field of refreshing and welcoming flowers—waking up on the right side of the bed every single morning.
Many of us spend a good chunk of our professional lives sitting making the office chair an all-important piece of furniture. Looking for an innovative seating solution? Gaiam turns a standard, lavender balance ball into a posture-improving, core-strengthening chair on wheels with the Gaiam Custom-Fit Adjustable Balance Ball (Hayneedle).
If you’re looking for a traditional chair for a bedroom or living room, a beautiful lavender option is the Nya Accent Chair in Belgium Orchid from Z Gallerie.
Turn your bedroom, living room, or office into an oasis of tranquility with the Geo Ceramic Candle in Vanilla Lavender (Target). The perfect mix of fresh lavender, warm vanilla, and calming eucalyptus—which has a minty smell with a hint of honey—this 11.3-ounce candle will help you drift into dreamland while putting a pep in your step from sunrise to sunset. Plus, its modern and simple geometric pattern will add eye-catching vigor to your abode.
Splash some springtime into your table settings with the lavender Bleu D’Argile Teacup and Mug (ABC Home & Carpet). Crafted from 1920’s molds with the passion, soul, and ancestral know-how of master craftsman potters, these romantically-styled cups have delicately looped handles that will invite you to envision the warmth of the French countryside with every sip.