old violet


Old Violet

Like deep Parma violets or blue lavender it is a wonderful 18th century colour used for colouring the inside of furniture- like the lining of a jacket – or for using with as the base with Paris Grey on top and distressed ‘ It is of course wonderfully used  just on its own.

Old Violet works well with the following colours:

Emperors Silk

Emperors Silk

Paris Grey

Paris 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, making what was a rather heavy uncharacterful piece rather charming.

ADD OLD WHITE to make ‘Schinkel’


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

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, so I called it in French, COLOMBE