What Colors Mean - Purple & Violet
Purple is a range of hues of color occurring between red and blue. In additive light combinations it occurs by mixing the primary colors red and blue in varying proportions. It is a secondary color because two colors (blue and red) make up this color. In subtractivepigments it can be equal to the primary color magenta or be formed by mixing magenta with the colors red or blue, or by mixing just the latter two, in which case a color of lowsaturation will result. Low saturation will also be caused by adding a certain quantity of the third primary color (green for light or yellow for pigment).
In art, purple is the color on the color wheel between magenta and violet and its tints and shades. This color, electric purple, is shown below.
In human color psychology, purple is also associated with royalty and nobility (stemming from classical antiquity when Tyrian purple was only affordable to the elites).
Violet is a bright bluish purple color that takes its name from the violet flower. On the traditional color wheel used by painters, it is located between blue and purple. Violet is at the lower end of spectrum of light, with a wavelength between approximately 380-450 nanometers. Light with a lower wavelength is called ultra-violet, and is invisible.
In western culture, violet is the color most commonly associated with the extravagant, the individualist, ambiguity, the unconventional, and the artificial.
* In Thailand, purple is worn by a widow mourning her husband's death.
* Purple is a royal color.
* Purple robes are an emblem of authority and rank.
* “Purple prose”? is writing that is full of exaggerated literary effects and ornamentation.
* Leonardo da Vinci believed that the power of meditation increases 10 times when done in a purple light, as in the purple light of stained glass.
* Purple in a child's room is said to help develop the imagination according to color theory.
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