Colour Inspiration: Violet & Gold

01-Colour Inspiration | Violet & Gold-This Is Glamorous

‘Violets, lavenders, lilacs, purples – I have always loved these amethyst tones. For me, the beauty of this part of the spectrum lies in its ability to be at once masculine and feminine.’ Architect & Interior Designer David Collins

While the design style of many of the images gathered here does veer toward the feminine, I know what David Collins meant when he spoke about this chameleon of colours. It also has the mysterious quality of being at once reminiscent of a bygone age yet curiously modern.

And when paired with gold, something magical happens to this chameleon colour, the warmth of the gold being the perfect foil for its blue undertones. It’s also a surprisingly adaptable hue, often taking its cue from fashion, and showing up in table decorations, powder rooms, bedrooms and even kitchens to great effect.

Delicately patterned Gracie wallpaper, antique French daybeds upholstered in velvet, billowy silk drapes, linen covered chairs — all benefit from a touch of this paler, prettier cousin of more regal purple. Or for the merest whisper, you can simply enjoy it for as long as a cut bloom of lilac, anemone or hydrangea lasts . . .

Colour Inspiration | Violet & Gold

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Images – 1 via Instagram | 2 via House to Home | 3 via Modern Dame | 4 via Design Mag | 5 viaBelgrave Crescent & This is Glamorous | 6 via David Collins Studio | 7 via Luxe, Glam & Volupté | 8 via This Old House | 9 via New England Home | 10 via Mary McGee Interiors | 11 & 12 via This is Glamorous | 13 via Modern Dame | 14 via Flickr | 15 via the zhush | 16 via Helen Turkington | 17 via At Home in Arkansas | 18 via South Shore Decorating Blog | 19 via New York Cottages & Gardens | 20 via Elle Decor | 21 via Zsa Zsa Bellagio | 22 via Elle Decor | 23 via Belgian Pearls | 24 via Suzanne Kasler