Like the flower it’s named for, lilac is a soft, warm-hued pinkish purple that will make anyone think of spring. But when it comes to interior design, lilac is more versatile than it seems. Depending on the color you pair with it, lilac can create soft, soothing palettes, ultra-energetic color schemes, and everything in between.
What Colors Go With Lilac?
Here are some colors that go with lilac, along with color palette examples:
1. Sherbet Orange and Lilac
Hex Codes: #ffd2a6, #ab92bf, #5c5552
This pretty combination offers a nice balance of warmth and relaxation. Orange can sometimes be a little too high-energy, but the subdued nature of sherbet orange makes it a good choice if you’re on the fence.
If you do choose this combination, be sure you don’t use a large amount of either color. One interesting example is a living room with sherbet-colored walls. Include a similarly-colored patterned rug with hints of lilac. Rust-colored or dark brown furniture will keep everything grounded and keep the color scheme from becoming too much.
2. Charcoal Gray and Lilac
Hex Codes: #36454f, #d5c6e0, #a3b18a
Lilac generally goes nicely with various shades of gray, and charcoal is a solid choice when it comes to keeping everything grounded. With this combination, you can create a darker, moodier palette if you wish. One interesting way to use the two is to start with matte-finished charcoal walls and then add lilac-colored furniture. This look goes well with wood flooring, especially flooring with darker stains.
3. Lemon Yellow and Lilac
Hex Codes: #fef250, #b493c9, #706b73
This combination might sound overly energetic. And if you use too much of either color, it can quickly become overwhelming. The trick here is to use a small amount of both colors. You might even consider sprinkling in accents of both colors in a primarily-neutral room.
Consider adding this combination to a bedroom with neutral-colored walls and flooring. Paler neutrals (particularly cool neutrals) work well here. Include a lilac-colored bedspread and then add a lemon-yellow wall hanging above the bed. The combination is enough to pop, but it’s not so bright that it becomes chaotic.
4. Olive Green and Lilac
Hex Codes: #556b2f, #9f87af, #f2f2f2
Some color palettes sound odd, but when you see them in action, you see why they work. This is one of those combinations. It makes sense when you think about it—both are earth-inspired shades, so a room including both will make you think of walking into a garden in spring.
Soft shades of olive look great on walls. Since this combination is somewhat soothing, it’s a nice choice for a bedroom. Alternatively, you can flip the colors and combine pale lilac walls with an olive-hued bedspread or other furniture.
5. Cool White and Lilac
Hex Codes: #f4fdff, #b48eae, #646e68
Lilac looks good with white, and cooler shades of white help to balance out lilac’s warmish tint. This is a good combination to use if you already have cool white walls: all you need to do is add lilac-colored furniture. If you’d rather just include a hint of lilac, you can include furniture and/or a rug with a white and lilac pattern.
6. Denim Blue and Lilac
Hex Codes: #2243b6, #bd93bd, #f2edeb
Denim blue is a balanced, casual shade that sits somewhere between navy and powder blue. It’s a great color for rugs and bedspreads in particular. But if you’re a fan of unusually-colored living room furniture, denim blue chairs and couches are a great choice, too.
If you have a room with a good bit of denim blue, try adding hints of lilac in the form of accent pillows or wall hangings. This palette is dynamic without looking frenetic, so it will work well in almost any room.
7. Pink Rose Quartz and Lilac
Hex Codes: #f7cac9, #8d6b94, #080708
Rose quartz is a stone with a captivating color. It’s also a wonderful shade for interiors, regardless of whether you’re using the stone itself or a similar color.
Both pink rose quartz and lilac have a warmish hue, so it’s good to break them up with cooler shades of white, gray, or beige. One option is to design a living room with lilac walls and cool neutral furniture. Include a few beautiful pieces of actual rose quartz as accents.
8. Cool Beige and Lilac
Hex Codes: #d8bcab, #a284ae, #323031
Speaking of cool beige, it’s a great color to pair with lilac, regardless of whether your color scheme includes pink rose quartz or not. The easiest way to do this is to combine lilac walls with cool beige furniture. Cool beige living room furniture is especially easy to find.
If you wish, you can even use very subtle shades of lilac. A very dilute shade makes a great wall color, and you can add lilac-colored accent pillows or rugs if you want.
9. Medium Brown and Lilac
Hex Codes: #7f5112, #ccafd5, #fffae3
Many people choose either beige or espresso-brown furniture. But it’s easy to forget about medium brown, another great shade, especially for leather.
However, medium brown is also commonly used for wooden furniture, and it looks great in a dining room. Start with a medium brown table and chairs and lilac walls. Include a jute or seagrass rug. If you would prefer a little less lilac, try painting the bottom part of your walls cool white and the top half lilac.
10. Emerald Green and Lilac
Hex Codes: #50c878, #a786ac, #60594d
Emerald green has been enjoying a moment in the spotlight, especially when it’s used for plush velvet or velour couches. It’s often used with gold accents, and adventurous designers sometimes pair it with coral. Lilac works similarly, but it offers a slightly softer look.
One way to use this color is to add a couple of lilac accents to a living room with emerald furniture. All you need to do is pair a lilac pouf and a couple of accent pillows with your existing living room set.
11. Light Wood Tones and Lilac
Hex Codes: #d7ba89, #b48eae, #f0f3fa
You can’t really go wrong with wood tones in any space. But light wood tones tend to look especially nice with lilac, particularly if you’re going for a very soft, cottagecore-inspired look.
Try this combination in a bedroom. Include a bed with a light wooden frame (and add in accent furniture to match). Add lilac bedspreads and rugs. Include cool white walls or walls in another cool neutral.
12. Pewter and Lilac
Hex Codes: #adb4bf, #a989a6, #5c0029
Metallics can be a lot of fun to intersperse into a space. Most metallics are neutrals, so they will go with many types of colors. Pewter is soft and cool-hued, so it works beautifully to balance out lilac, a warmish color that’s also fairly soft.
Fortunately, pewter-colored accents are not hard to find. Try adding pewter photo frames with black and white photos. You also can add pewter wall sculptures, clocks, vases, bowls, and other accents. How much you include is up to you.
13. Caramel and Lilac
Hex Codes: #af6f09, #a789a9, #ecebe4
Caramel is an often overlooked shade that’s not quite brown. It makes a particularly beautiful color for vintage-inspired leather couches. However, if you’re hoping to create an uncommonly striking room, caramel also makes a great wall color.
In either situation, lilac works well as an accent color or as something more substantial. If you want to include a lot of lilac, you can add several shades of it to create a gradient effect. Try pale lilac walls and slightly darker rugs and/or accent pillows. Alternatively, paint the walls another neutral shade and include smaller lilac accents throughout the room.
14. Seafoam Green and Lilac
Hex Codes: #9fe2bf, #b998c3, #ffebc2
Shades of green and purple generally go well together. But if you want to create a soft, calming palette, the combination of seafoam green and lilac is perfect.
Seafoam green and lilac work especially well in nurseries. If you like wallpaper, find patterned wallpaper with a seafoam base color. Lilac-colored bedding and accent furniture will look right at home. Choose cream or warm white as the central neutral to preserve this beautifully soft look.
15. Brick and Lilac
Hex Codes: #cb4154, #b092b5, #f9f9ed
Exposed brick is more common in businesses than it is in homes. But if you do have a home in your room with brick, consider adding lilac to the rest of the room.
This is a great choice for a bedroom. In a bedroom with exposed brick walls, even a couple touches of lilac can add some visual interest. Use a white or beige bedspread with lilac accent pillows or blankets. Add a lilac rug, too.
16. Peach and Lilac
Hex Codes: #ffcda2, #c3acce, #565554
These two colors can be reminiscent of spring or summer, depending on the saturation of each one. Combining lilac and peach is somewhat uncommon, but it’s perfect for creating an eclectic palette.
If you’re willing to try something a little different, take a living room and paint the walls peach. Add a rug (or actual flooring) patterned in black and white. From there, add green chairs and couches with lilac accent pillows and throws. The coolness of the green helps to balance the warmth of peach and lilac.
17. Navy Blue and Lilac
Hex Codes: #000080, #a188a6, #e6e4ce
Navy blue is a classic shade that often works similarly to a neutral. It’s dark enough to ground a space, and it’s versatile enough to work with virtually any decoration style.
When combined with navy, lilac works especially well as a single, striking accent. If you want to try this look, start with a living room that is almost entirely blue. You can create this look with pale blue walls, navy blue couches, and medium blue rugs. From there, center a large, mostly lilac art piece above the couches.
18. Pastel Yellow and Lilac
Hex Codes: #fdfd96, #ab90b6, #d2d2da
Believe it or not, lilac and yellow are complementary colors. So if you want to create a dynamic palette, the combination of lilac and soft yellow is a beautiful one.
However, if you go this route, make sure you have a cooler shade to balance out this energetic combination. Even though lilac is somewhat purplish, it’s technically a warm color. When combined with yellow, it may make a space a little too warm. Try breaking up accents of pastel yellow and lilac with cool gray, cool beige, or similar colors.
19. Burgundy and Lilac
Hex Codes: #800020, #c7a8c5, #fbfbf2
Burgundy is a rich, regal shade with a lot of presence. It also might sound like the last color you’d want to combine with lilac! However, when you use this combination carefully, you can create a truly dynamic palette.
For an extra-dynamic look, use a burgundy accent wall in a room with a collection of lilac accents. You can also successfully use this combination in a bedroom. Choose a burgundy bed frame and place it against a white or beige wall. Use a white or cream bedspread to help balance out the darkness of the bed frame, and then add a couple of lilac pillows and/or lampshades.
20. Warm Beige and Lilac
Hex Codes: #f5f5dc, #ae95b2, #bec8bc
Beige is a great color for interiors, but it’s also an incredibly common one. If you want to use beige and still have a space that looks unique, choosing the right color to pair it with is essential.
Lilac is a good choice to go with warm beige despite the fact that both colors are warm-leaning. Mixing in a bit of cool white is a good way to keep this palette from getting too warm. It’s easy to do—one simple way to combine these colors is to place warm beige couches in a room with pale lilac walls and cool white wall trim.
21. Teal and Lilac
Hex Codes: #008080, #ae94b3, #f9f7f1
Teal is a beautifully deep blue-green that’s perfect for creating memorable interiors. If you’re not afraid to make a statement, try painting a bedroom with bold teal walls. Then add a mostly lilac bedspread. If pure teal walls seem like a little too much, consider choosing wallpaper patterned with teal and white.
22. Sage and Lilac
Hex Codes: #9caf88, #c2a9c6, #817e8b
Sage might make you think of vintage interiors, but in recent decades, it’s seen a resurgence in popularity. Like many shades of green, it goes nicely with pinkish-purples like lilac. But sage also has a subtle silvery undertone that makes it an especially great choice to pair with lilac.
In modern interiors, sage is a great wall color. Paler shades work much like neutrals, but more saturated hues of sage will certainly make a statement. In a room with sage walls, try including neutral-colored furniture. A patterned rug prominently featuring lilac will pull the look together with a surprising twist.
23. Pale Gray and Lilac
Hex Codes: #d3d3d3, #c398bd, #f6f4f3
Lilac goes nicely with quiet, muted palettes, so it’s no wonder that it shines when used with pale gray. This combination is ideal if you’re designing a living room to look calming and welcoming.
Try creating a palette layered with varying shades of pale gray. You might include gray walls, couches, and rugs. From there, you can use lilac as an accent color. A couple of lilac pillows, a piece of lilac-colored wall art, or even a bouquet of actual lilac flowers are all great choices.
24. Turquoise and Lilac
Hex Codes: #30d5c8, #b394b3, #f6f5f4
Lilac goes well with both turquoise and teal. Plenty of people confuse these two colors, but turquoise is brighter and greener (much like the stone used in jewelry). Turquoise is a fairly energetic shade, so it can become a little too overwhelming if you aren’t careful.
However, if you use soft, dilute shades of both of these colors, you can create an airy, pleasant palette. Try a living room with cream-colored walls and rugs. Add pale turquoise furniture with lilac curtains and accent pillows. This calming combination would also do well in a bedroom.
25. Gold and Lilac
Hex Codes: #d4af37, #b091b6, #574b60
Metallics can be a lot of fun to sprinkle into an interior. Gold is an especially versatile one: you can use it to create vintage-inspired, opulent spaces, modern and minimalist ones, or just about anything in between.
There isn’t really a wrong way to go about mixing gold and lilac, but if you overuse gold, you might throw the palette out of balance. The best way to mix these two is to start small when adding gold. If you have a room with a good bit of lilac, try adding a couple of brushed gold photo frames or floor lamps. If that’s not quite enough, a gold hanging light fixture or even sheer gold curtains can take things up a notch.
26. Espresso Brown and Lilac
Hex Codes: #363031, #c6a2cd, #fcf9ed
Espresso brown is a stately neutral that’s perfect for grounding spaces. It’s a common shade for leather furniture, though you may occasionally find wooden furniture with a very dark stain like this one.
Lilac is a light, warmish color that balances nicely with the darkness of espresso brown. It’s easy to put these two shades together in an interior, too. If you have an espresso brown living room suite, you’ll find that it looks nice with lilac walls. If you’d rather keep your walls neutral, lilac-colored curtains and wall art will look great.
27. Burnt Orange and Lilac
Hex Codes: #bf5700, #c19ab0, #f9fbf2
This combination sounds odd, but the rusty look of burnt orange actually offers a memorable complement to lilac. These two colors can be especially interesting to deploy in an eclectic design scheme. For maximum effect, try mixing textures as well.
In a living room, try pairing a burnt orange velour couch with chairs patterned in lilac and white. This combination can get a little too warm, so make sure to balance it out with cooler neutrals. A gray area rug is a great way to do so.
28. Forest Green and Lilac
Hex Codes: #014421, #c9a6bf, #f3f7f5
Like emerald green, forest green has a bit of a bluish tint to it. However, it’s a darker, deeper shade, so it’s not ideal for all tastes.
If you like bold wall colors, try painting the walls of a bedroom (or at least one accent wall) forest green. Add in a white or gray bedspread. Then, add just a touch of slightly warmer color with a couple of lilac lampshades on gold lamps. If you do use a color scheme like this, be sure to use ample amounts of a neutral. The 60-30-10 rule is a great guide: choose a neutral to take up 60% of the space, let forest green take up 30%, and fill the remaining 10% with lilac. If you wish, you can switch lilac and forest green.
29. Mustard Yellow and Lilac
Hex Codes: #ffdb58, #b394b3, #615e56
As shades of yellow go, mustard is a bit cooler than average. And while some may think it looks dated, mustard’s muted character makes it an effective addition to a range of different palettes. Since purple and yellow are complementary, mustard goes quite well with lilac.
Mustard yellow isn’t too common of a wall color, but you can somewhat frequently find mustard-colored couches and chairs. For a living room your guests won’t soon forget, add a vintage, wood-framed mustard couch to a living room with lilac walls. This look does well with rugs and flooring patterned in black and white. Or if you’d prefer something a little more subdued, a charcoal gray rug is a great choice.
30. Black and Lilac
Hex Codes: #000000, #baa9c6, #4a346f
The combination of black and purple can look a little garish if you aren’t careful. But if you mindfully combine lilac and black, you get a nice-looking, grounded palette. One of the most logical ways to combine these colors is to place a black bed frame and other furniture in a bedroom with lilac walls.
However, you can also use these colors to create an unusual, moody palette. Start with matte black walls (or a matte black accent wall). From there, add a lilac-colored bedspread and lilac lampshades. If you go with this look, make sure you use a room with a lot of natural light!
31. Greige and Lilac
Hex Codes: #ccbcaf, #a889a9, #5a5349
“Greige” just refers to a shade of gray-beige. It’s a safe neutral, and it’s an interesting alternative to either plain beige or plain gray. And like many palettes that are mostly beige or gray, greige does well in layered, monochromatic color schemes.
But if you really want to take a greige room and set it apart, include a couple of pops of lilac. Try adding a striking, mostly-lilac art piece and a central rug. If the room needs a little more color, you can add lilac curtains too.
32. Violet and Lilac
Hex Codes: #7f00ff, #baa2cd, #fbf6ef
Greige isn’t the only color that does well in layered color schemes. If you want to create an interesting, gradient color scheme that’s a little more dynamic, try pairing deep violet with light, airy lilac.
For an extra-bold look, sprinkle lilac accents throughout a room with a violet statement wall. Or for something more unexpected, take a room that’s almost entirely neutral and add a patterned violet and lilac rug at the center.
33. Powder Blue and Lilac
Hex Codes: #b0e0e6, #be9db4, #645a54
Powder blue is a pretty pastel with old-world appeal, and it works nicely in almost any type of room. It also does especially well as a wall color in rooms with white crown molding.
If you have a room like this, you can transform it into a memorable dining room. Add a wooden table with a lilac table runner. To bring things together, include a largely-lilac piece of wall art, too. This look does well with a little bit of silver added in—try adding silver candlesticks and a silver picture frame.
34. Ivory and Lilac
Hex Codes: #fffff0, #b493b3, #84899a
Ivory is a striking, dignified shade of warm white. It’s easy to confuse with cream, but there’s an important difference between the two colors: cream has buttery, yellow undertones, but ivory is a bit cooler.
Ivory goes nicely with most purplish shades, and when it’s combined with lilac, it can create a gentle, vintage-inspired color scheme. If you really want to lean into that vintage vibe, consider looking for a printed wallpaper with an ivory base color and a lilac pattern. But if that’s not quite your speed, you might try livening up a mostly-ivory room with a couple of small lilac accents—even a bouquet of actual lilac flowers will work!
Colors That Go With Lilac
This uniquely beautiful shade will make a great addition to just about any room in your home. Whether you want to feel ensconced by lilac walls or just need a few delicate accents, it’s worth bringing lilac into your next design project!