Color Series: The Meaning Behind Purple

meaning of purple

Hey there folks, this is the 6th and final installment of the Color Series.

Today, we are going to take a closer look at the color purple.

“Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.” – Regina Brett

Here’s the Scoop on Purple

Purple is oftentimes associated with royalty and nobility. As a result of this, purple will stand for wealth, extravagance, creativity and magic. Throughout history, those of a high authority (like kings and queens) would wear purple robes. A possible theory for this was that back then, purple was one of the most expensive dyes to create, so purple clothing of any kind indicated a level of lavishness.

In nature, purple is a rare color and many times because of this, the instances of purple will have sacred meanings. Orchid, lilacs, lavender (a color which is sometimes referred to as the “grown up pink”), and violets are all considered to be extremely precious.

meaning of purpleWhen it comes to the effect on the body, purple can lift the spirits, calm the mind, and even spark feelings of creativity and spirituality. In addition, purple has been said to increase nurturing tendencies.

Purple colors are tied in with a higher self, fulfillment and vitality. On a larger scale, purple is said to help a person align themselves with the universe. Light purples can represent femininity and delicacy, along with romantic and nostalgic feelings. Dark purples on the other hand speak to feelings of gloom and doom, sadness, and frustrations.

Because purple is a mixture of red and blue, you get properties of both warm and cool colors. Purple can either boost your creative juices, or they can go the opposite direction and cause someone to be moody.

Purple gem stones are believed to boost the imagination, remove obstacles of a spiritual nature, calm confrontations and reenergize the desire to learn new things.

Cultural Instances of Purple:meaning of purple

  • The term “purple haze” refers to a type of euphoria, which could be induced by drugs.
  • Purple is the most powerful visible wavelength of electromagnetic energy.
  • Purple is not a common color for flags. Only the flags for the Spain and Nicaragua have purple in them (for country flags, smaller areas may have flags with purple in them).
  • Purple is the hardest color for the eye to discriminate.

At Hunakai Studio, every brush stroke has meaning behind it. We know how to guide our students and encourage them to express themselves!