Color of the Month: Decorating with Lilac

Yes, it’s a spring color, but who says you can’t celebrate spring in summer (or winter or fall, for that matter)? Lilac is a delicate, soft, soothing shade of purple that has many sworn purple-haters second-guessing their dislike of the color.

Lilac is a popular choice in girls’ bedrooms as a refreshing (and more mature) alternative to pink, but that doesn’t limit it to a frilly feminine hue. It pairs well with white, gray, and other neutrals as well as stronger shades like navy and black; it also complements other pastels, especially soft yellows, greens, and blues, and is the perfect softening shade opposite deeper purples. May be springy, but great for summer and year-round. L

The color is subtle enough for allover use but makes a nice accent color in all forms and styles, as well as every room throughout the house.

Yes, even the kitchen:

Kitchen by Christopher Peters
Kitchen by Beau-Port Kitchens
Kitchen by Coppice Guild
Kitchen by Schmidt Kitchens Wimbledon
The tranquil bathroom:
Bathroom by Alair Homes Vancouver
Bathroom by Boscolo Interior Design
Bissonnet Colors Collection Lilac Freestanding Vanity
Powder Room by Melissa Lenox Design

The peaceful and welcoming living room:

Living Room by Sigmar
Desk, via Torie Jayne

And the calming bedroom:

Bedroom by Hendel Homes
Bedroom by Stone Acorn Builders
Bedroom by Design
Bedroom by Rusk Renovations
Bedroom by Bungalow5
Bedroom by Inspired Interiors
Bedroom by ae design

Which of these rooms is your favorite? Tell us how you feel about lilac!