Sink into glamor with a drip of royalty as the Chromatic Theology series continues with violet.
Each post in this series explores an individual hue, but the characteristics of the topic color can be translated into tints and shades. Keep in mind that the effects and emotions we discuss are most prominent and intense in pure, saturated color. To some extent, the distinctive attributes of violet will be present in color variations – lavender, plum, eggplant, periwinkle, magenta, etc.
VIOLET is a secondary color with a challenging personality. Take a mental meander back to elementary school and recall that violet is a mixture of red and blue. This specific combination of hues is ambivalent, as a heavy dose of tension exists within violet’s conflictions of warm and cool, calm and intense. Spaces and color schemes implementing violet are often ambiguous and dramatic.
Pale tints (amethyst and lavender) boast whimsical and magical reflections of light, while deep shades (eggplant and plum) are symbolic of dignity and regality (and sometimes laced with a threatening undertone). If you are new to the world of color, or your eye is less than impeccable, avoid saturated violet tones or dabble with caution (sometimes the power and force of pure drama result in discord and uneasy aesthetics). Oh, but when violet is applied with skill – the result is stunning success, insinuating artistic expression and sensitivity.
Want to get acquainted with the rest of the rainbow? Indulge in the rest of the series with these previous posts.