5 perfect accent colours for Lilac rooms

We’re probably not going to fall out of love with pink – millennial or otherwise – but if you have reached saturation point or are just interested in evolving your love of pastels, then how about taking your attention to lilac? Often deemed a difficult colour, since it has a slight chill factor, this can also be the thing that makes it hugely attractive. But since this can be the thing standing in people’s way of using it, we’re exploring the accent colours and materials  that we hope will tempt you to this lilac’s charms…

Just add brass

Image from Superfront

Even without the zingy yellow flowers, this monotone lilac kitchen with equally cool grey marble floor, worktop and splash back by Superfront has one secret weapon stopping it from feeling freezing. That weapon is brass. The light, the tap, the unit handles – they all work together to bring a bit of warming bling to this room and the wood dining set follows the same vibe.

Stick it with pink

Image from Montana

Storage brand Montana is attuned to great colour combinations as their varied collection proves. In the above scheme, toning walls with unit looks extremely striking but it’s the rose pink sofa nearby that gives this room its energy. Try the one-tone room with your main decorating items for a similar look then layer rosy accents on top with cushions, upholstery and curtains.

Try it with mint shades

Image from Montana

More one-tone decorating ideas from Montana, the room above is a great example of how to do graduating shades – we’re counting four different lilacs here. The mint-green accent stripe is the cherry on the cake.

Demonstrating a stronger more vibrant version of the same theme, last year’s pop up shop by Peter Pilotto for London Design Festival took the mint green colour combination to the max with carpets, walls, built-in seating and upholstery all adding to the theme.

Image by Jill Macnair

Image by Jill Macnair

Lift with yellow

Image from Montana

From the same room of graduating lilacs as shown before, this statement yellow unit shows how gorgeous lilac and lemon are as a duo. Fashion brand Acne has been touting this same combination in its latest Autumn Winter collection – aka this is something to bookmark.

Make it murky – with brown

Image from Farrow & Ball

Taking it to a very different place, Farrow & Ball’s more traditional roomset pairs a love-worn brown armchair with Brassica paint, applied roughly on the wall behind. It’s a cosier look that oozes a World of Interiors style charm.

Want monotone? Go for a pinkish lilac

Image from Farrow & Ball

Technically a pink, Farrow & Ball’s Pegnoir has such a cool tone that it in certain rooms and lights, it definitely feels more lilac. This warm udertone means you don’t need to add hot accents (above). However, note how the almost blush bedframe and copper coloured lamp do add that exact feeling in the bedroom below.

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Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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