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Erika Hayes, Author – Write like a reader, read like a writer and edit like a beast!

Mood-of-PurpleViolet or as we more commonly call it purple is not common in nature and this brings a special meaning to the color.  It is considered delicate and precious most often seen in flowers.  The shortest wavelength is violet.  The richness of this color was coveted and once wore only be the rich.  In the Bible, a woman named Lydia is said to be very influential and is a dealer of purple garments. This is a color that carries both cool and warm undertones and thus can be flexible in the feelings it evokes.

Psychology says:

Violet in an introverted color.  It encourages deep contemplation, meditation, and even spirituality.  Individuals drawn to purple are usually found to have an artistic quality and think outside of the box.  They at times may come across as arrogant but it is because of the creativity they are harboring.  It evokes a sense of artistry and calm. Too much purple can bring a sense of impatience, arrogance, and annoyance. not enough when used can give a feeling of weakness, being out of control of a situation, negativity even apathy.

Using Violet as a Writer:

  • Using violet  will immediately add luxury to a scene
  • Using violet in lighter tones (lavender) is often associated with feminine grace and elegance.
  • To demonstrate wealth
  • It can also be a mysterious color and bring a sense of intrigue to a scene.
  • Use darker shades of violet to add a sense of doom or sadness
  • Royalty is associated with brighter violets
  • A purple haze may be used to convey confusion, especially when describing a drug-induced individual.
  • Great honor is bestowed in the US on military personnel that earns a purple heart (wounded soldiers receive this metal).
  • Purple is used in mourning in some countries, (see below)  it could be interesting to add this element to a story or poem


When to dress your character in violet:

  • When they are needing to appear confident among peers
  • Meetings when they are looking to take control
  • when they feel worthy (it is a very luxurious color)

Other names for Violet:

Purple, mauve, grape, lavender, plum, lilac, thistle, periwinkle, sangria, eggplant, iris, heather, amethyst, puce, raisin, orchid, mulberry, wine, magenta (this is debatable as it appears more in the pinks than purples alas, I would be remiss to not include it.)


Emotions Associated with Violet:

Positive:  Royalty, vision, truth, spirituality, luxury, authenticity, creativity individuality, quality, vision, truthfulness, spiritual awareness/growth

Negative: inhibition, physical weakness, emasculation, moodiness, introversion, suppression, inferiority


Cultural information:

Purple is often associated with royalty, wealth, spirituality, and nobility around the world.  As previously mentioned, it is a color of honor in the US Military.   In Brazil and Thailand violet is the color of mourning.  In Buddhism, only monks that were high ranking wore purple robes.

Gems/Stones  meaning:

Bring gems to your characters in Violet when writing spiritual conflict or obstacles to be removed.  They are used for calming heated situations as well as bringing energy to gain knowledge.  Royal and often considered precious.


We have reached the end of the rainbow and I hope you feel like you found a little gold in these thoughts on color in writing.

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