Lavender vs Lilac Color, what is the difference between the two colors and what is the symbolism, meaning and psychology behind them, do they have psychological influences and what common associations do they have?
Lavender vs Lilac & Origins
Lavender and Lilac are popular tints or variations of the color purple. Lavender is a light or pale purple with a blue tint. Lilac is also a light or pale purple however it has a pink tint to it.
Both colors are named after Lavender and Lilac flowers. Each colors also have their own shades and varieties. Records show that the term Lavender was first used to describe the color as early as the beginning of the 16th century. However is wasn’t until around 1930 that (Lavender) was assigned to the flower.
Lavender has many different variations, a few of these include. Lavender Blue, Lavender Gray, Lavender Pink, Pink Lavender, Twilight Lavender, Old Lavender, English Lavender and Web Color Lavender.
Records show that Lilac was first used, or first assigned to the color around the year 1775. Varieties of lilac include, Rich Lilac, Pale Lilac, French Lilac and Bright Lilac.
Lavender & Lilac Personality
Both colors have strong connections to femininity. They’re caring, emotional and naturally nurturing colors. They often place the needs of others before their own, especially Lilac. Lilac is somewhat immature due to its pinkish appearance.
They’re friendly, often ready and happy to lend a helping hand, agreeable temperament and actively avoids confrontation. They’re also open minded, open to suggestions, different ways of thinking and ideas. This openness can sometimes lead to being indecisive.
Lavender is more closely linked to intuition and mystery. Lavender is inward thinking, not naturally living in the moment, preferring to indulge in day dreaming or deep thinking, perhaps spiritual thinking. Lavender is fascinated with the unknown and the supernatural. If you like lavender you’re also likely to have creative tenancies.
Lilac is more outward thinking, preferring to live in the moment. Lilac is also friendly, playful with a stronger focus on people, generally being more sociable and compassionate.
Both colors are unique and somewhat unconventional, suggesting if either was your favorite color, or if you like to wear either you have a desire to be unique and to go against the crowd. You also have a desire to express your emotions, you prioritize this desire of expression above caring about the opinions of others.
Colors that go well with lavender and lilac are, olive and other dark greens, grays and white, these are good for interior designing. Bright colors like red, yellow and orange can also work.
Influences – Lavender encourages spiritual thinking, creativity and has calming and soothing influences. Lilac encourages emotional expression, sometimes resulting in a lack of emotional control, it’s also believed to help reduce aggression and anti social behavior. Lilac can also increase energy and encourage playfulness and perhaps immaturity.