How to Use PURPLE Successfully in your Next Creative Project

Just PURPLE

I have to say, I am drawn most to PURPLE. I would say purple is my favorite color. Maybe it’s because I am an artist who is a daydreamer. PURPLE, to me, is rare, exciting and exotic. Here are 5 great tips when using PURPLE.

1. USE ORANGE WITH CAUTION

I, personally, love using ORANGE with PURPLE. But when using PURPLE the one color that is only used once in all of the color theory schemes is ORANGE.

Using PURPLE/ORANGE can feel a bit unbalanced without GREEN. All 3 PURPLE/ORANGE/GREEN are needed for the TRIADIC color scheme.

However, without introducing a 3rd color, consider utilizing a YELLOW-ORANGE to push the color scheme into the SIDE-COMPLEMENTARY color scheme.

2. CONSIDER THE BIAS

PURPLE is a secondary color. This means that PURPLE is made up of BLUE and RED. Each BLUE and RED will have their own bias, which could turn your PURPLE into mud. In order to mix the purist PURLE use a RED-biased BLUE with a BLUE-biased RED.

Click here for a shopping list of the best BLUES and REDS for mixing PURPLE.

3. CONSIDER THE AURA

PURPLE will cast a YELLOW-aura into the surrounding area (see my blog post How to Successfully Place Colors Side-by-Side, to understand the Law of Simultaneous Contrast.)

The graphic below shows how the YELLWO-aura will affect any surrounding colors.

4. CONSIDER THE CONTRAST

For the brightest PURPLE, put a warm PURPLE next to a cool YELLOW
(leans very slightly towards GREEN).

5. PURPLE GREY

I love GREYS made with PURPLE and its COMPLEMENTARY color YELLOW. I find these GREYS go nicely with any brighter saturated color. If you look at it this it makes total sense. PURPLE is made from BLUE and RED. By adding YELLOW, it is as if you are mixing all three primary colors together. The bias of this GREY will be RED/BLUE, which is the perfect balance of warm/cool. But, hey, that’s just me.

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

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