The Difference Between Violet, Indigo and Purple

People often get confused by the subtle distinctions among violet, indigo and purple when discussing color. While the three hues share similar saturation and vibrancy levels, they can be distinguished through examining their source, wavelength, appearance and usage characteristics. With enough knowledge you can understand these nuances between these hues – as well as use them effectively when designing or creating art projects.

Violet is a light bluish-purple hue, similar to blue but with lighter undertones. Isaac Newton named Violet one of seven colors after dividing the spectrum of visible light using prism, and it’s frequently used in fashion to create sophisticated looks, paintings as an expression of romance, graphic designs as a representation of creativity or inspiration, etc. Violet can range in hex code and RGB value between #4B0082 to (75, 0, 130).

Indigo is a vibrant blue-purple hue that leans more toward violet than to the sky blue of jeans. It is also the color of its namesake plant – Indigofera deciduous shrub with pinnate leaves and red or purple flowers from which indigo dye can be extracted for textile industry use as well as antimicrobial and insect-repellant properties that make clothing with indigo ideal against diseases like malaria.

Indigo stands out as having a deeper hue than violet, often appearing more sky blue than dark gray, depending on lighting and surroundings. Indigo symbolizes loyalty and selflessness while being used in fashion to evoke feelings of calmness and serenity – it pairs beautifully with neutral tones such as grey, white and black.

Violet, Indigo and Purple are all shades of Purple–the final hue on the rainbow as depicted by ROY G BIV mnemonic. Their differences in name stem from how our brain processes color: our eyes and brain prefer organizing visual stimuli into discrete buckets so we can quickly comprehend their significance; hence the rainbow–our mind’s shorthand for processing life around us.

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