Designer Carleton Varney loves decorating with lavender

Designer Carleton Varney loves decorating with lavender

In my Elysium days of classroom music lessons, I learned a number of songs relating to color, including one of my favorites, the English folk lullaby “Lavender’s Blue.” Search the Iinternet and you can find a number of versions of the song. To me, they are gentle reminders of the 1940s and ’50s. 

I have always loved the color of the lavender flower itself and the lavender-like hues of lilacs and tulips. You can mix any number of great colors with lavender, which can go everywhere in the house — and outside, too. At its palest, it doubles as a neutral. 

When I’m in the neighborhood off South Dixie Highway near Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach, I have noticed a house painted lavender with rich amethyst for the shutters and doors. I call this a flower-color house — and I love it.

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