Color Column: Blue-Violet

What does blue-violet represent?

Blue-violet is a type of violet color. In its meaning, violet is associated with mystery, feminine qualities, magic, and royalty.

There are many variations of blue-violet, including:



RGB: 204, 204, 255

CMYK: 20, 20, 0, 0

HSV: 240, 20, 100

Periwinkle is a pale indigo color that takes its name from the flower. It is blue with shades of purple, and sits between the two in the color wheel. Periwinkle represents serenity, calmness, winter, and ice. It can also symbolize blossoming friendships, sentimental memories, and everlasting love.


Hex: #4b0082

RGB: 75, 0, 130

CMYK: 42, 100, 0, 49

HSV: 274.6°, 100, 51

Indigo is a combination of deep blue and violet, holding the attributes of both these colors. The color meaning of indigo reflects great devotion, wisdom, justice, fairness, and impartiality.

On the light spectrum

The color blue-violet, depending on its particular hue, has the wavelength of 380 – 450 nm.

How blue-violet affects human vision

Here you may perceive there to be four colors, when there are only three. This is because on certain backgrounds, the same color can look different, and vice versa. The back of your eye is lined with light-sensitive cells, including color-sensitive cone cells. Your cones affect each other in complex ways. When cones in one part of your eye see blue light, they make nearby cones less sensitive to blue. For instance, you may see a colored spot on a blue background as less blue than it really is. If you put a purple spot on a blue background, for instance, the spot looks a little less blue than it otherwise would.

In this case, the center block on the left side looks more dull than the right block, even though they are the same color.

Blue-violet in design

Cool Colors range from green to blue, but also include some shades of violet. Cool colors are better for backgrounds, evoke calmness, and reduce tension.

Take a look at blue-violet in web design, work spaces, and at home!

Web design

Work space


Blue-violet is the perfect addition to any space!

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