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Old Violet




Like deep Parma violets or blue lavender, it is a wonderful 18th century colour used for the inside of furniture – like the lining of a jacket. Or use Old Violet as the base with Paris Grey on top to give a distressed look.

Old Violet works well with Emperor’s Silk and Paris Grey.


small swatch of Schinkel

Add Old White to make Schinkel.

Add 2 parts of Old White to 1 part of Old Violet and you get a greyed taupe called Schinkel named after a great, 18th century German architect.


small swatch of Colombe

Add more Old White to make Colombe.

Add 8 parts of Old White to 1 part of Old Violet for a soft grey, like the underbelly of a dove, called in French, Colombe.

French side table with a marble top in Old Violet and Country Grey

A simple French side table with a marble top has been painted in Old Violet with Country Grey on the top and on a band below, giving what was a rather heavy characterless piece some charm.

distressed furniture with Old Violet

Old Violet painted as the base coat to Paris Grey, providing colour and then lift it with some Old White.

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