I have tried swatches of various shades of pink -- and one yellow -- on my apartment walls, and so far none of them work.
They all say "Barbie dream house" to me, which is decidedly NOT the look I'm after.
My trusty tool Google surfaced the follow images in response to lilac and lavender. Apparently the difference between the two is this: lilac skews more pink, lavender skews more blue.
I think I might be inclined towards the blue, because it's warmer ... but it can't be too muddy or it's not going to brighten the place up.
These photos are a start, inspiration-wise ... a few observations: I will be using a LOT of white to keep the contrast crisp. I can see how these shades work in a more formal environment -- and that is lovely -- but my place is small and tends more towards cinderblock than Cinderella.
So there's that to keep in mind :-).
Still, I want to feel at least a little Cinderella-ish in my own home. The third photo up from the bottom is the shade I'm most inclined towards right now.
image sources: coming soon!