9 Lavender Paint Colors to Freshen Up Your Space
Paint color experts and design pros say these are the best lavender hues for every design style.
Everyone is talking about the lavender color trend. You can’t go anywhere without catching a glimpse of the floral shade, whether it's in clothing, home decor, or the Lavender Haze drink. The color is light and airy, and conjures a relaxed feel wherever you use it. Lavender is unexpected, creative, and highly versatile, so it's not surprising that it's taking over the trend charts.
Lavender works in all spaces and "often has a warm undertone, making it a mentally and physically soothing color," says Tash Bradley, Lick’s director of interior design and color psychologist. She suggests using the color on all four walls, particularly where you want a relaxing aesthetic. Or, bring the shade into the hallway for a soft welcome that will also brighten up a dark, narrow space. From delicate, barely-there pastel shades to darker, hypnotic blue-purple shades, lavender is a playful alternative to a classic pale pink or blue.
To help inspire your next room refresh, Bradley and other paint color experts weigh in on the best lavender paint colors for every space.
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Peignoir by Farrow & Ball
"Our delicate Peignoir is a pale lavender with a generous grey undertone," says Patrick O’Donnell, international brand ambassador of Farrow & Ball. "Its gentle, muted qualities look wonderful simply teamed with clean Strong White on your trim and ceiling." O’Donnell also recommends using Peignoir over the walls, ceiling, and woodwork in Farrow & Ball’s new matte Dead Flat finish to create a cocooning effect. The color pairs beautifully with deeper lavender shades like Brassica for a relaxing scheme, or alongside a darker color such as Inchyra Blue to create higher contrast.
Paint color: Peignoir by Farrow & Ball
Wallflower by Sherwin-Williams
Wallflower SW 6281 is a delicate pale lavender hue with a warm red undertone that perfectly balances calm and playful energy. "This particular hue goes well in a bathroom or any small space that needs a bit of re-energizing and vibrance," says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. She recommends pairing it with a classic bright white paint, such as Snowbound SW7004, to create a light and airy feel in a small room.
Paint color: Wallflower SW 6281 by Sherwin-Williams
Purple 06 by Lick
"Purple 06 is a color that has a similar tone to dusk on a summer’s evening," Bradley says. Pink meets purple in this lavender shade to create the ultimate comfort color, full of gentle warmth that makes a cocoon out of your space. "Lavender is such a pretty color and definitely one that’ll compete against pink, a perennial favorite," she adds. "Whenever I show my clients Lick’s Purple 05 or Purple 06, lavender quickly becomes a favorite, particularly as it is a more creative color." She recommends pairing it with blue, teal, green, and pink. Lavender and beige also make a surprisingly elegant color combination.
Paint color: Purple 06 by Lick
Brassica by Farrow & Ball
"At the deeper end of the lavender spectrum, shades like our moody Brassica lend a touch of cozy sophistication to a room with its wonderful smoky notes," O’Donnell says. The color adds comfort and charm to a bright spaces and lifts cold north-facing rooms without being overtly red. For a calming palette, he suggests pairing it with a soft and subtle brown-toned neutral, such as Skimming Stone, and adding a playful touch by painting the floorboards in the lavender shade. "For colorful pairings, think blues or other purple tones and avoid pairing with yellows or anything too red as this can end up feeling rather kitsch," he says.
Paint color: Brassica by Farrow & Ball
Gentle Violet by Valspar
If you're on the hunt for a lavender hue that's not quite so purple, Gentle Violet is a youthful yet sophisticated muted shade. "The softened lavender hue embodies harmony and connectivity with natural and artificial colors, setting new trends with the younger generation," says Sue Kim, director of color marketing at Valspar. As a member of the purple family, lavender is associated with imagination, spirituality, and emotional sensitivity, making it the perfect backdrop for spaces intended for relaxation, like a yoga or meditation room, reading nook, or bedroom.
Paint color: Gentle Violet by Valspar
New Age 1444 by Benjamin Moore
"New Age 1444 is a soft and ethereal pale lavender shade with a hint of gray that emanates a spiritual sensibility," says Andrea Magno, director of color marketing and development at Benjamin Moore. "This hue brings a soothing feel to a room in a subtle way that does not overpower and allows for layering other colors," she says. Lavender shades with gray undertones give the color a more neutral, versatile, and modern sensibility and pair exceptionally well with other neutral shades, like white, mid-to-dark grays, and steely blue-green shades.
Paint color: New Age 1444 by Benjamin Moore
Lavender Cloud by Behr
Lavender Cloud is a vibrant mid-tone lavender shade that fosters creative energy. This shade works well as an accent color, highlighting your room's best features. "Pair it with complementary colors in the blue family, like a bright Caicos Turquoise," suggests Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr. Alternatively, go monochrome by complimenting it with a paler shade of lavender.
Paint color: Lavender Cloud by Behr
Tranquil Sea by Dunn-Edwards
Tranquil Sea (DE5932) is a muted, pale, grayed lavender color with a blue undertone. Its cool cast makes it perfect for cooling down a sun-drenched south-facing room. "Tranquil Sea is a misty hue that channels comfort and tranquility into any space," says Sara McLean, color expert at Dunn-Edwards. Pastel tones, like lavender, are popular shades for cottage-core and vintage-style aesthetics and work well paired with pastel pinks and light gray shades. "For a more modern approach, try pairing Tranquil Sea with orange and navy blue accessories to create a bold statement," McLean says.
Paint color: Tranquil Sea (DE5932) by Dunn-Edwards
Magical by HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams
Magical HGSW6829 from the Bold Simplicity Color Collection is a beautiful shade of lavender with warm undertones. "The duality of the Magical shade makes it a wonderful option for multifunctional spaces," says Ashley Banbury, color marketing manager for HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams. On the one hand, lavender is associated with creativity, imagination, and the performing arts, making it suited to spaces in your home where you're looking to spark creativity and conversation. On the other, the warm undertones of this hue make it feel inviting, comforting, and undeniably rest-inducing.
Paint color: Magical HGSW6829 by HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams
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