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What do you think of when you see violet?

With a sense of mystic quality, purple violet is a color often well liked by very creative or eccentric types. It also embodies the theme of royalty for some also. It takes the vibrant energy of red and mixes it perfectly with the cool calmness of blue.

This color uplifts us, calms the mind and nerves and also give us a feeling of being connected on a spiritual level.

The color is also strongly associated with nature through flowers and plants such as lilac, lavender, pansies and orchids with many shades of purple also taking their name from nature.

Violet contains a much greater proportion of blue, than red. Violet has the shortest wavelength and the highest energy of all the spectral colors and occurs in a very narrow band with ultraviolet light. This color is connected with divinity, humility and religious devotion. It is also associated with modesty and beauty.

Violet energy

This is the color of the crown chakra, and is representative of pure thought. This chakra connects us with infinite consciousness. Opening this chakra will help tap into a deep spiritual understanding and knowing.

It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. Purple is a good color to use in meditation.

Violet brings a new dynamic to the expansion of blue and the vibrancy of red. Red allows more creative energy to emerge. For this reason, violet is associated with imagination and inspiration.

Wear this color when you want to encourage mystery, a spot of fantasy and imagination.

Violet in design

Deeper shades with a hint of red produce a warm color scheme. Lighter shades are delicate and often considered romantic. Feminine color schemes are created when combined with pink. A more manly feeling can be conveyed using dark violet and purple with black and dark greys. Earthy and natural color schemes combine deep shades with beige or lighter colors with green. You can also create a very strong contract using the complimentary color which is yellow

Violet Stories

* In Tibet, amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha and rosaries are often fashioned from it.

* Violet/purple was the royal color of the Caesars.

* In Thailand, this colour is worn by a widow mourning her husband’s death

* Purple was the color of the first dye made by man. It was called “Mauveine” and was made out of coal tar. The recipe was discovered by William Henry Perkin in 1856.

* This colour represents the planet Jupiter

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MOYO_ISSUE-7_COLOUR-STORIES_P1P2_550PX_LRSections of this article was published in the November 2014 issue of Moyo magazine – the worlds first online magazine all about surface pattern design. {brought to you by “The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design“}

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