All About The Color PURPLE

All About the Color PURPLE

Purple embodies the balance of red’s stimulation and blue’s calm. This dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined, at which point the purple takes on the characteristics of its undertone. With a sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a color often well liked by very creative or eccentric types and is the favorite color of adolescent girls.


  • Uplifts
  • Calms the mind and nerves
  • Offers a sense of spirituality
  • Encourages creativity


The Colors of the Chakras - VioletThe Crown Chakra, also known as the Sahasrara, is located at the top of the head. It is linked to the crown of the head, the nervous system, and the brain, and is representative of pure thought. This chakra connects one with the infinite consciousness. Opening this chakra will help tap into a deep spiritual understanding. Gemstones that will aid the Crown Chakra include amethyst and clear quartz.

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  • In Thailand, purple is worn by a widow mourning her husband’s death.
  • The purple in the U.S. military Purple Heart award represents courage. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States armed forces who have been wounded in action.
  • In Tibet, amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha and rosaries are often fashioned from it.
  • A man with the rank of Roman Emperor was referred to as “The Purple” — a name that came from the color of the robe he wore.
  • In Japan, the color purple signifies wealth and position.
  • Purple was the royal color of the Caesars.
  • In pysanky, the traditional Ukrainian form of egg dying, purple speaks of fasting, faith, patience, and trust.
  • Purple denotes virtue and faith in Egypt.
  • In Tudor Britain, violet was the color of mourning, as well as the color of religious fervor.
  • Traditionally, in Iran, purple is a color of what is to come. A sun or moon that looks purple during an eclipse is an omen of bloodshed within the year.


  • Purple is representative of “pride” in Christianity.
  • In Christianity, purple is associated with Advent and Lent.
  • Catholic priests wear purple vestments before performing Reconciliation.


  • In the United States, a state with equal distribution of Republicans and Democrats is referred to as a “purple state.”
  • Julius and Augustus Caesar, Emperors of Rome, both decreed that only the Emperor could wear purple. When Nero became Emperor, the wearing of purple and even the sale of purple was punishable by death! By the time of Alexander Severus, who was Emperor in Rome from 222 to 235 AD, all the workers who made Imperial Purple worked for the Emperor. Later, magistrates were allowed to wear togas decorated with purple ribbons.


  • 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.
  • Purple represents the planet Jupiter.
  • February is the month associated with the color purple and the birthstone for those born is February is amethyst.
  • Purple Stones: Amethyst, Ametrine, Sugilite, Lavender Jade, Sugilite, Selenite, Iolite, Lavender Quartz, Lepidolite
  • The Byzantine emperor signed edicts in purple ink.
  • Leonardo da Vinci believed that the power of meditation increases ten times when done in a purple light, as in the purple light of stained glass.
  • In 1999, formal Moral Majority spokesman Reverend Jerry Farwell came out publicly against the children’s showTeletubbies. He believed that its character “Tinky-Winky” was gay, stating that he was purple – the color of gay pride – and that his antennae was a triangle – the symbol of gay pride.
  • The poem “Warning” by English poet Jenny Joseph begins with the line “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple…” The poem and its famous purple line has become a tongue-in-cheek reference to a woman’s struggle with aging.
  • Purple is the color of Madison Square Garden and seating for VIP’s was once covered in purple.
  • Purple is the color of the highest denomination poker chip = $5,000
  • During the Silver Age of comic books, those with purple on their covers sold better.
  • In stained glass, the color purple or violet is seen as uniting the “wisdom” of blue and the “love” of red and symbolizes justice and royalty.
  • The “Purple Orchid Three” is a sweet potato grown by its Hainan developers from seeds taken into space in 2005 on China’s “Shenzhou VI” rocket.


  • Basketball teams include the L.A. Lakers.
  • The Colorado Rockies are the only team in Major League Baseball to use purple. Their team colors are Purple, black and silver. Coors Field, home of the Rockies, has one row of purple seats, designating an altitude of 5,280 feet – “A Mile High”. “Purple Row” is very popular Rockies fan blog.


  • Prince — This pop star’s favorite color is purple. He is best known for the movie and album Purple Rain.



  • Purple prose: an elaborately written poem or paragraph in literature
  • Purple heart: a medal awarded to a U.S. soldier wounded in battle
  • Born to the purple: a person who is born into a noble or royal family
  • Lay it out in lavender: very cool, relaxed, and in control


  • “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” — Alice Walker
  • “Born in the scientific purple.” — George Howard Darwin
  • “But, luckily, he kept his wits and his Purple crayon.” — from Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955)
  • “Oh, I love red. I’m very loyal to my colors. I love violet.” — Elizabeth Taylor
  • “Violet has the shortest wavelength of the spectrum. Behind it, the invisible ultraviolet. Roses are Red, Violets are Blue. Poor violet, violated for a rhyme.” — Derek Jarman
    {See entire list of quotes about color}


There is no question that the vehicle you drive is an extension of your personality — an unspoken but clear message to the rest of the world.


  • Pale Purple by Ani DiFranco
  • Purple by Slapshock
  • Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix on Are You Experienced
  • The Purple of All Curtains by Tangerine Dream on The Seven Letters From Tibet
  • Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley
  • Purple Rain by Prince on Purple Rain
  • Purple Ray Gun by Alexis Shepard
  • Purple Stain by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Purple Toupee by They Might Be Giants
  • Voices Green and Purple by The Bees


  • Purple is considered a cool color in landscape design. Its appearance has a calming effect in a garden.
  • Purple plants visually recede in a garden, helping to make a small space feel larger.
  • Purple’s complimentary color in the garden is yellow.
  • Purple is a hot color in garden design right now.


  • Purple is a very trendy color and gourmet chefs are always looking for a new vegetable color.
  • The “Purple Orchid Three” is a sweet potato grown by its Hainan developers from seeds taken into space in 2005 on China’s “Shenzhou VI” rocket.
  • “Purple Haze” is the only imperator-shaped purple carrot.
  • Eggplant, deeply purple and glossy, adds unique texture and flavor to the taste of purple.
  • Purple grapes include all grapes of this color, one of which is the Concord grape. Concord grapes are native to North America and are of the slip-skin category, whereas most grapes are of the European varieties whose skin is attached to the meat. This allows the latter varieties to be stored in cold rooms, shipped to fresh markets, and eaten as table grapes. -The Concord Grape Association


  • Lavender: The soft scent of fresh-cut Lavender. The scent of Lavender is said to be stress reducing. A wonderful scent for all year round. Aromatherapy benefits: Balancing, soothing, gently clarifying, normalizing. -Scent
  • “Grape” was the original scent of the purple colored Magic Scents Crayons from Binney & Smith Inc., introduced in 1994 with mostly food scents. However, there were numerous reports that children were eating the food-scented crayons, so the food scents were retired and replaced with non-food scents. The scent for the color purple became “lilac.”
  • For perfume makers, “lavender is a plant which in and of itself has an outstanding olfactory quality.” It certainly appears that lavender counts as one of the most ancient elements used in perfumed products.
  • Lavender was immensely popular during the 19th century and introduced men to the world of perfume, heretofore reserved for women, with classic lavender waters such as English Lavender by Atkinson’s and Old English Lavender by Yardley. Visit Les Routes de la Lavende to read more about French lavender and plan your dream trip to Provence.
  • Nothing can compare to the delicious scent of sweet violets in the spring.
  • Wisteria: Romance lingers in this mysterious hanging garden. This scent is remarkable. Great for all year, though especially intoxicating during spring and summer. Very romantic. Aromatherapy benefits: Romantic, sensual, calming, relaxing, anchoring. -Scent


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  1. Apparently city rail (Australia) must love purple as they have decided to re-upholster our train (Newcastle line carriage 8078) in purple…. Purple seats, walls, carpet and stairs… Needless to say I currently feel trapped inside a box of meter long grape hubba bubba bubble gum.

  2. This is true – in the YouTube search bar type: DCM trains or Sydney Trains DCM (the best night club, 1995-1999 BTW)
    And you’ll see it for yourself. Stunning shade of purple too, I just want to lick it 😀

    I used to ‘graffiti bomb’ Sydney’s trains, but I’ve got too much resect for this one 😉

  3. oh nice chakra color, it so much nice color. i believe it represents royal color. it is a good article, thanks……..

  4. i like crown chakra. this color is so much beautiful. i think chakra mediation therapy is helpful for mental grown of human. so anyone can take this therapy.

  5. Thank you Kate,That was very helpful and useful
    Thank you very much!! 🙂

  6. In the Bible Lydia is called a seller of purple.

  7. MaryAlice says

    Another song to add to the list is “Start wearing purple”

  8. Purple is a very divisive color. People often have a strong affinity for it or they are repulsed by it. Some find the color calming. In others large amounts of purple can be disquieting or cause feelings of anxiety or even anger. For those people, purple is representative of arrogance, old age, death and decay.

    Perhaps it would benefit the artist, or the designer, to remember that purple is a color that appears in small doses in nature, or is fleeting as twilight on a mountain. In those proportions it is most likely to be enjoyed by more people.

    The current fad for over-use on television game shows and in graphic lay-outs already has a dated look. It reminds me of an apartment with gold shag carpet and avocado kitchen appliances – something that designers should have known better than to do in the first place.

  9. Very interesting, and complete dissertation of my fave color. I was very interested in the Crown Chakra piece. I have also heard that the color is associated w/mental illness/depression/nervous disorders; thank you for your research and wonderful, informative piece ???

  10. oh no, i will be living in thailand for the next 6months. I love purple but it seems I can’t wear my purple dresses, and I don’t want thai people to think that my husband is dead.

    • Tisha, the good news is that the Internet and media have blurred the cross-cultural lines and there is a much broader view of what colors mean than there was traditionally.

  11. Purple is also the colour used to represent epilepsy awareness (just as pink is used to represent breast cancer).

  12. I went to bed on white sheets and woke up on a purple tint from about waist up and all over one side of my pillow. I tried rubbing my gown on the sheets to see if it would transfer, it didn’t and it wasn’t purple or red anyway. Any idea or superstition about this?

    • Wow, Terry. I have no idea and never have heard of anything like that…a new one by me.

    • Hi Terry. I think you are sweating (explains upper body coloured marks on the white sheets) and excreting certain medications and/or excess magnesium or heavy metals from your body.

  13. Purple is the signature color for SMAS, Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome, a rare intestinal disease that affects 0.03% of the world population. To wear purple on January 28th, will show your support to the warriors and their families, and bring about awareness of this disease!

    Green gave Sellers “strange vibrations” and disturbed him. He never wore it, and refused to act with anyone wearing green. Purple was even worse. During the making of After The Fox, director Vittorio De Sica flew into a rage one day when a script girl showed up in a purple outfit. “It’s the color of death!” De Sica told Sellers, and Sellers was haunted by this for the rest of his life.

    In later years, Sellers’ aversion to purple produced such volcanic tantrums that publicists would scour his proposed hotel rooms in search of the color, and if they found it, change the room.

  15. Robbyn-interior designer says

    Purple in varying intensities can add a balancing energy in interior environments and is neither ‘masculine or feminine’ in strength of character–in fact, when used as a background color, it can function as a neutral- as an accent, it can unify and add a softer point of interest than many other colors can. Purple always has nuance and adds sophistication.

  16. i’m working on my thesis and its about lavender,
    may i know your refrences? so i can mention it in my thesis as a proove
    thanks a billion

    • Good luck on your thesis, tahmineh.

      I am working on going back through my notes to find sources to list on each page when I relaunch my website late this summer. Unfortunately, I don’t have this organized to share at this time. I have been researching color for many, many years so know that you will be able to find what you need.

      • tahmineh says

        Thanks for your reply
        Know taht I see I guess you are famouse enough as a refrence :)))
        I’ll use your blog as a refrence
        Thanks for your hard working

  17. i heard that when you wear purple it means you are sexually hungry..?how true is it

    • That is a new one by me. What the persom might be feeling is an underlying need for their life to have more creativity, openness or tnot be quite so conventional.

  18. I love the colour purple, it gives me confidence.

  19. Scottyhood says

    Surprised Mace Windu’s (Samuel L. Jackson’s) purple lightsaber in Star Wars was not mentioned here! He was the first Jedi in the movie series that was allowed to break away from the traditional blue/green lightsabers that the Jedi Order were famous for in cinematography.

  20. jonah ichoya says

    Insightful and Interesting. Tell us something about color purple in Africa. How about the movie Color Purple?

  21. Harvey Pearce says

    Color purple songs. Deep Purple?

  22. Tran-Sylvania says

    Anyone knows what the meaning of Bill Clinton’s tie and Hillary Clinton’s jacket trim of purple at the concession speech is?

  23. I had my first Reiki session, and was asked what I saw, if anything, while my eyes were fully closed. Long story short, I saw an image consisting of grape purple to be exact, and green on a smaller scale. At the end my Reiki therapist and I had a long conversation, but she ultimately came back to the topic of the image I had seen, and the meaning behind the colors.
    Points of interest:
    Purple is my favorite color
    One of my favorite scents is Grape
    I am incredibly eccentric
    My insight tends to be on the deeper end of the spectrum.
    My favorite planet is Jupiter
    Egypt is by far the most fascinating places to me

    Just saying…kind of incredible I think.

    • I agree it is incredible. So many people have told me about how similar stories to your and I am still always amazed at the connection between the colors a person is attracted to and their preferences and emotions. With the initials RGB I think you must have a natural affinity for color 🙂

  24. Purple is simply the purple heart that is truth, put our attention by moving it with intention, on, in looking into itself in the centre chest space (not the physical body) but the space inside it that it occupies with its form and you will know you are there by the vibrating quiver that rises quickly upward through the body space from centre in chest space, thus then intentioning it (our attention) to lean slightly to the right and we dis-cover the living truth that is we are a “feeling energy light being” made in/of too! The particle substance that is living eternalised eternal truth, we find connectioning with our “we one all one creator” Father in son self life truth. Truth is a living feeling knowing known noticed being that is omni present “in living all life formed through in to out all creation, the smallest finest of all particles is made in of to this living infinite eternal “one all one” that is “us each all inclusive” no race, religion or creed, such it is eternally decreed! O Father (original Father) the first! one all one who is life! In it him/her self.