How to Use Color Theory to Define 9 Great Purple Color Schemes

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So what do these color combinations look like when they are put into practice?

Notice that when you add the colors directly beside PURPLE on the color wheel in the ANAGALOUS color scheme it creates interest and depth as compared to just using the shades and tints of the MONOCHROMATIC color scheme.

By adding a little bit of ORANGE to the YELLOW in the SIDE-COMPLEMENTARY color scheme, the picture is heightened. 

Adding the 3rd leg color of YELLOW-GREEN to the SPLIT-COMPLEMENTARY color scheme introduces warm and cool tones of the YELLOW.

PENTAGONAL takes this a step further with adding even more dimension with the cool BLUE & warm RED (see my blog post discussion of the importance of warm & cool colors in What is Color Temperature and Why Is It So Important).

These two color schemes are all about balance.

Using just PURPLE & GREEN feels unbalanced until you add the 3rd leg of ORANGE in the TRIADIC color scheme.

Whereas in the SQUARE-TETRADIC color scheme, PURPLE’s COMPLEMENTARY is balanced by the COMPLEMENTARY of BLUE-GREEN.

In the last color scheme, a different set of COMPLEMENTARY colors (GREEN/RED) balances the ORANGE COMPLEMENTARY for a slightly different feel.

Interestingly, the PURPLE COMPLEMENTARY color scheme will be the same as the YELLOW COMPLEMENTARY color scheme. The only difference will be the importance given to PURPLE. 


Similarly, PURPLE TRIADIC will be the same as GREEN TRIADIC and ORANGE TRIADIC. With the only difference being the importance put to the focus color.

To continue on this discussion, here are the other posts in the Just PURPLE Blog Series…