Old Violet

Reminiscent of deep Parma violets or blue lavender, Old Violet is a lovely 18th century color. It is a wonderful color to use on its own, most notably on the inside of furniture – like the lining of a jacket. It is also lovely used as a base for an overlay of neutral color, such as Paris Grey or Country Grey.

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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

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Old Violet painted as the base coat to Paris Grey to provide colour and the anchor it down, with some Old White to lift it.

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ADD OLD WHITE-to make 'Schinkel'Add 2 parts of Old White to 1 part of Old Violet and you get a greyed taupe named after a great 18th century German architect called SCHINKEL

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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 it's called in French, COLOMBE

Old Violet works well with the following colours

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Emperor's Silk

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Paris Grey