Discover the beauty of decorating with purple Lilac. Get inspired by creative ideas to incorporate these vibrant flowers into your home.

Purple Lilac Meaning

The purple lilac is often associated with meanings such as love, romance, beauty, and passion. It is also seen as a symbol of renewal and growth. In some cultures, the purple lilac represents the first emotions of love or the first experiences of love. Additionally, it can symbolize innocence and purity.

The purple lilac is a flowering plant in the genus Syringa. It is known for its beautiful clusters of fragrant purple blooms. The purple lilac is a deciduous shrub that typically blooms in the springtime and is widely culti=vated for its -ornamental value. It is a popular choice in gardens and landscaping due to its vibrant color and delightful scent.

When I was little, I asked my parents to paint my room the color purple! They did, and I am still crushing on decorating with purple today! And when the first purple Lilacs bloom, I can’t wait to arrange them in every room. And boy, my jealousy kicks in when I see all my friends in the south posting photos of their amazing purple lilac bouquets, and we’re still over here in the North spring skiing… So, the day has finally arrived; the lilacs are blooming, and let’s get inspired with these gorgeous spring blooms.

Purple Lilac Bouquet Ideas

Purple lilacs can add a touch of beauty and elegance to any space. Here are some decorating ideas incorporating purple lilacs:

  • Floral Arrangements: Create stunning floral arrangements using fresh purple lilacs as the focal point. Place them in a vase or use them as centerpieces for a dining or side table.
  • Wreaths: Dried purple lilac blooms make a beautiful wreath. Hang it on your front door or as a decorative piece on a wall or mantel.
  • Table Settings: Incorporate purple lilacs into your table settings by placing individual blooms or small sprigs in glass vases or mason jars. They can serve as charming and fragrant table decor for special occasions or everyday use.
  • Bedroom Decor: Add a romantic touch to your bedroom by placing a small bouquet on your bedside table. The delicate scent and vibrant color can create a soothing and calming atmosphere.
  • Wedding Decor: Purple lilacs can be a lovely addition to wedding decor. Use them in bridal bouquets, centerpieces, or as accents in floral arrangements to create a romantic and whimsical ambiance.
  • Outdoor Spaces: Enhance your outdoor spaces with purple lilacs by planting them in your garden or placing potted lilac plants on your patio or balcony. Their blooms and fragrances will add beauty and freshness to your outdoor oasis.
Pewter Collection in Antique Hutch with Lilacs

I may not have the lushest purple lilac bouquets, but that’s okay. I’ll take them any way I can! We have two bushes at our home here in Maine, but unfortunately, the soil on the coast just isn’t great for growing lilacs. However, they are still gorgeous blooms to decorate with.

My friend, Rachel, at The Ponds Farmhouse, has a great post about 3 Reasons to Plant a Lilac Bush. It’s all so true!

Purple Lilac in the Sunroom

Italian Vase

Hanging out with our morning coffee in the sunroom is one of our favorite things. So, naturally, adding a spring bouquet enhances our time here. The scent of the lilacs radiates throughout the room.

Purple Lilac Bouquet

A few years ago, I finished a sunroom makeover at our home in Vermont. These purple lilacs were magnificent that year, and I loved showcasing them in my first-ever room makeover here on the blog. Be sure to drop by for even more common lilac inspiration.

Purple Lilac Bouquet on Coffee Table

Vintage Champagne Bucket

Here, I switched out the purple lilac to an old thrifted champagne bucket that I found thrifting for just $8.00 while Ella, our Bernese Mountain Dog, patiently awaited her dinner…

Bernese Mountain Dog with Spring bouquet of flowers on coffee table.

Coffee Table Blooms

In the living room, I added purple lilac to one of my mother’s vintage crocks and decorated the antique butter churn and coffee table, which has been in our family for decades.

Spring bouquet in vintage crock on living room coffee table.

My friend Kim, over at Shiplap and Shells, also has an amazing post on Spring Lilac Inspiration and Tips from her beautiful 100-year-old cottage in the Pacific Northwest that I know you will enjoy.

You may also enjoy A Very Vintage Weekend post, where I share decorating with purple faux peonies.

Living room vintage inspired decorated for spring.

You guys know I love decorating with old and thrifted blue bottles. Ann Marie and Anne over at Simply 2 Moms Blog have a wonderful Spring Dining Room | Simple Neutral Tablescape that I know you will love!

Spring purple flowers on coffee table in living room.

You may also be inspired by all of these flower decorating ideas, too.

Common Purple Lilac with Antiques

Purple lilac blooms pair so well with darker antique furniture tones. Here is the same vintage crock flower arrangement on an antique table at the end of our dining room.

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Bathroom Bouquet

Do you ever think of displaying flowers in your bathroom? These spring blooms are a beautiful addition to our master bathroom, on top of a cabinet that my father made years ago.

Purple Lilac bouquet in white pitcher in bathroom.

Surrounding this purple spring flower arrangement on the cupboard are antique mustache cups. Have you heard of them? They were designed to keep one’s mustache dry when drinking coffee or tea. I always think it’s so funny how feminine they were made. These are my mother’s collections. I also found this antique sterling silver baby’s brush, which was mine as a child.

You may also enjoy this 38 Types of Flower Arrangements: Antique Center Garden Party post.

Purple Lilac Bouquet in white pitcher in bathroom

Small vintage tin jars filled with potpourri sit on the windowsill. My mother styled them there, and I adore them to this day.

Purple Lilac bouquet in white pitcher in bathroom.

Consider your space’s color palette when incorporating purple lilacs into your decor. Purple lilacs pair well with soft pastel colors like pink, blue, and white, creating harmonious and visually appealing arrangements.

A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

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  1. What lovely pictures. We are very lucky to live in Upstate NY and near Highland Park where we have the lilacs festival every year. I have a few lovely lilac plants my favorite is a deep purple!

    1. Aren’t they such gorgeous flowers? Our neighbors have the deep purple and they are stunning!

  2. Rebecca Payne says:

    Simple Beautiful.

  3. I love the lilacs Ann. I have one rebloomer and it is awesome. Beautiful pics!

  4. Ann,
    Your photos are just stunning! Thanks for the mention! I get to be jealous now because mine are completely gone!

  5. I had lilacs in my bathroom as well. The fragrance takes me back takes me to sitting on the floor as my babies played in the tub. Happy, clean times! 😁

    1. Aren’t they the best Katherine?? What beautiful memories. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I love this Ann! I remember when I was in 9th grade and my best friend had a purple bedroom and I was always so jealous. I only wish lilacs lasted longer, they are so beautiful. I’ll be featuring you in my weekly wrap-up this week.

    1. I painted my room purple because I had a friend who had a purple room too. So funny. Thanks so much, Kim!

  7. You have such beautiful lilacs! I love how they smell and they always remind me of my parents’ home in Maryland. Love how you used them throughout your home!

    1. Thanks so much, Anne, I appreciate it so much!