Modern Holiday Color Palette: Lavender, Grey + Violet

Add a touch of modern romance to your Christmas decor with soft, stylish winter tones in our palette pick of lavender, grey and violet.
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June 01, 2015
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Wintry Escape

To evoke a feeling of romance amidst a cozy, cabin-like backdrop, this great room is layered with lavender, purple and plum along with rich, rustic textures and casual furnishings.

Layered Lavenders

The entire great room is layered with lavender tones, from the walls and area rug to the upholstery and artwork. When combined, the overall effect is soft and light rather than overly rich and saturated. That’s the result of white accessories that help neutralize the purple tones of the lavender.

Shining Star

One of the largest factors in pulling together a cohesive holiday color scheme in a large space is the Christmas tree. Everything on and around the tree was chosen to coordinate with the rest of the room, from the dove grey and white tones to the ribbon garland, ornaments and gift wrap on its branches.

Grey Undertones

To ensure that colors coordinate without becoming matchy-matchy, choose tints and shades of the dominant color that have grey undertones. The glass ornaments, silk ribbon garland and graphic cutouts all feature medium shades of lavender. This results in a more understated, wintry approach to purple rather than a rich, royal vibe.

White Lights

Lavender and grey are both easily influenced by other colors. When colored lights are used on a Christmas tree, it's likely any ornaments, garland and surrounding elements will take on the coloring of the light bulbs. To ensure the colors read true, it's best to dress the tree with white lights.

Metallic Finishes

Reflective surfaces evoke a feeling of romance and produce a chilly, wintry vibe. Add elegant reflection by dressing your Christmas tree with metallic ornaments in several shades of the same color, as well as one chosen metallic tone. (We chose silver.)

Texture With Ribbon

Gift wrap offers another opportunity to incorporate unexpected holiday hues. For a well-layered approach, several patterned papers were chosen, each with a different scale and shape. Break up the monotony of flat paper by wrapping each gift with textured ribbon.

Picking Violets

With so many shades to choose from, it's important to get violet tones right before layering them. Red-violets tend to cast pink or burgundy hues onto their surroundings, while blue-violets tend to make nearby objects appear periwinkle. But when the two are used together (as seen here), they usually cancel each other out, striking up a perfect balance.

Flocked Tree

Flocked trees offer an excellent chance to showcase soft, wintry colors effectively. When muted tones like lavender, grey and soft plums are placed on green trees, their color values drastically change and become washed out. Flocked trees, characterized by their heavily frosted appearance, offer a textured, white surface where colors read clearly.

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