Indigo and violet are two adjacent colors on the color wheel, making them easy to become confused. But with an understanding of color spectrum theory and using ROY G BIV’s famous acronym to aid identification, distinguishing these shades is simple.
Indigo, as a centuries-old natural dye used for centuries, has long been associated with wisdom and spirituality. Additionally, indigo has long been recognized for helping reduce anxiety and depression; soothing nerves; stimulating intellect; anti-inflammatory properties that treat dermatitis. Unfortunately, due to toxic components like arsenic, cyanide and methylmercury contained within its formulation; however some places still grow this natural dye for textile and food use products.
Indigo sits between blue and purple on the color spectrum, leading to confusion as its definition. While some use “indigo” to refer to any shade of blue, this is technically incorrect as indigo is actually created from two primary colors: blue and red – making it closer to blue than violet which is pure primary hue.
Violet and indigo may differ greatly, yet they still share many similarities. Both shades of blue are considered cool shades, providing a soothing experience to eyes. Both hues also remind one of sky, flowers and can help alleviate stress and anxiety. Indigo has often been linked to selflessness and loyalty; many see it as symbolizing knowledge and power.
Nature provides ample proof that indigo and violet differ; Indigo appears as a dark, inky blue while violet appears lighter and more purplish-blue. You can easily differentiate these two hues by looking at texture or saturation of pigment used, or comparing their appearance among rainbow shades.
Observing examples of colors can provide useful references for distinguishing them in everyday life and artistic endeavors, giving you more confidence when using these hues in designs.
Understanding these fundamentals will enable you to craft vibrant works of art. Keep these tips in mind when mixing or tinting colors in your works to achieve an exciting piece of artwork that’s sure to bring out its fullest potential.