Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Colour Palette No. 1 - Lavender and Linen

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I think the color combination of lavender and linen is such a soothing tonic. As an herb, lavender has been in documented use for over 2500 years. Lavender, a staple of the English countryside, is not native to England. It actually is said to originate in the coastal hills of the Mediterranean.

In Tudor times lavender put in the pillows of alpine girls brought hopes of romance, while lavender under the bed of newlyweds ensured passion.

It was long believed that Cleopatra's secret weapon in love was lavender. She is said to have seduced both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony with its scent.

House Beautiful magazine's Hottest New Paint Colors for 2011
includes Grape Hyacinth 31-24 from Pratt & Lambert

Benjamin Moore named Lily Lavender 2071-60 (top) and Misty Lilac 2071-70 (bottom)
as two of their most popular paint colors for bedrooms

Canadian House and Home picked Grape Mist SW6548 as one of
their top 15 paint colors for 2011

The soothing and relaxing qualities of lavender as a color are clearly evident in the images below.

Image and Content Resources: Elle Decor, Decor Pad, Veranda, Pam Pierce, John Saladino, Lavender by Elen Spector Platt, Practical Inspirations by Tess Evelegh

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