As much as we love bold, bright colors, we appreciate the power of more soothing hues too. Right now we’re noticing lavender — everywhere we look.

Photo from think Color by Tricia Guild, still one of our favorite books.

The cover home in the February 2012 issue of Elle Decoration UK features the iconic Egg chair and a simple pillow in lavender.

And the relatively new HGTV magazine showcased a beautiful lavender sofa in a recent story.

Even Ikea is showing the lavender love via their Isala laptop table:

In our own home, our cozy lavender cashmere scarf has been keeping us warm. Here it’s shown with a vintage Takahashi laquer tray we just picked up at the Alameda Flea Market. Love the contrast of the orange with the lilac!

And the vintage stools we sit on every day in our office (also from Alameda Flea) have subtle lavender cushions.

Don’t be afraid to combine this soothing shade with brighter elements, as we’ve done above. It’s the mix that makes it fun.

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