The intermediate color between blue and red, purple, has a wide variety of shades. Often associated with majesty and mystery, purple is naturally found in a wide variety of flowers and has become nearly synonymous with various royal families. Ranging from light, lilac hues to the deep shades of purple associated with aristocracy, purple colors are as varying as they are fascinating.
The following list of purple shades will help you find the perfect color for your website or graphic design. It includes color names and HTML, Hex, RGB codes for easy reference.
True purple is a shade similar to violet. However, unlike violet, as it is composed of mixing red and blue, true purple is a secondary color.
RGB 106, 13, 173
This light purple color is meant to reflect the natural coloring of the thistle plant often associated with Scotland.
RGB 216, 191, 216
A pale, purple color made using light reddish-purple. Much paler than the color of the plum fruit, the color officially recognized as plum is also brightly vivid.
RGB 221, 160, 221
So purple as to appear almost blue, this shade is a tertiary color to purple and close in appearance to the natural color of Amethyst.
RGB 238, 130, 238
This rich, bright purple is meant to reflect the naturally vivid color of the orchid flower.
RGB 218, 112, 214
Leaning more towards pink, fuchsia incorporates a larger amount of red than other shades of purple to be brightly vibrant.
RGB 255, 0, 255
While medium orchid incorporates large amounts of red and blue, it is also composed of a good amount of green, which keeps it looking like a vibrant yet medium shade of purple.
RGB 186, 85, 211
With more blue than red, this medium purple color reflects that of classic purple while remaining much more vibrant.
RGB 147, 112, 219
With so much blue that this shade appears almost classic blue, it has just enough red to remain in the purple family.
RGB 138, 43, 226
This is a deep, dark purple that remains slightly vibrant thanks to the violet tones present.
RGB 148, 0, 211
While this is a deeper color than the traditional orchid color, it is in no way to be considered a dark purple.
RGB 153, 50, 204
This deep magenta color is the closest to natural purple, with enough red to appear slightly more vibrant than its base color.
RGB 139, 0, 139
Indigo incorporates enough blue to appear on the blue end of the spectrum while remaining rich and vibrant enough to be considered a shade of purple.
RGB 75, 0, 130
An extremely bright purple color named after the flower veronica prostrata.
RGB 160, 32, 240
A pale, purple-pink color that has the appearance of white with a slight purple tint.
RGB 250, 230, 250
A very light, brilliant purple meant to reflect the natural color of the muted mallow wildflower.
RGB 224, 176, 255
A pink-purple tone that reflects that of the naturally occurring heliotrope flower.
RGB 223, 115, 255
Also known as psychedelic purple, this color lies somewhere between the vivacity of electric purple and magenta. Made from fluorescent magenta and blue, this color gained a large amount of popularity with hippies in the 1960s and 70s.
RGB 223, 0, 255
As the name would suggest, this color is extremely bright and vibrant. First appearing as a Crayola crayon color in 1900, this color has many of the traits necessary to be classified within the spectrum of magenta and purple.
RGB 254, 78, 218
A bright purple with enough red to appear almost pink. The first reference to this color is from 1912.
RGB 222, 111, 161
With enough red to lean towards the pink end of the purple spectrum, this is meant to reflect the color of mulberry jam.
RGB 197, 75, 140
A strong purple with more red than blue, this color first appeared in Crayola crayon sets in the 1990s.
RGB 183, 104, 162
Purpureus is vividly purple and the naming of this color dates all the way back to 1382.
RGB 154, 78, 174
Deeply violet and close to blue on the color scale, this color was custom created as the official color of Northwestern University.
RGB 78, 42, 132
This shade falls somewhat closer to blue than red on the color scale, producing a dark, violet shade used in the print materials of Kansas State University. It is almost identical to northwestern purple.
RGB 81, 40, 136
Pomp and Power
This purple shade is deep yet muted, producing a more moderate purple color sometimes associated with royalty.
Pomp and Power
RGB 134, 96, 142
A deep, dark purple color commonly used in Mardi Gras decorations.
RGB 136, 0, 133
This deep, medium purple has been used since the 1800s in order to describe the deep majesty of the color commonly used by royals.
RGB 108, 48, 130
Named after the purple pansy flower, this color mirrors the bloom, a shade between indigo and violet.
RGB 120, 24, 74
This pale violet shade is associated with the University of Durham and Newcastle University Medical School, with the name alluding to the area’s historical status.
RGB 114, 36, 108
A shade of purple so dark that it may almost be confused with black.
RGB 48, 25, 52
A dark shade of purple, the name of which was first recorded in 1926 in a reference to the ancient Byzantine empire.
RGB 112, 41, 99
A light Pantone purple based on the unique color of African violets.
RGB 178, 132, 190
This violet color is so moderate it almost appears to be transparent. Named after the color of amethyst crystals.
RGB 153, 102, 204
A moderately deep purple. This subdued color correlates to the Chinese Violet flower.
RGB 133, 96, 136
An extremely dark purple. English Violet borders on black while retaining enough red hues to still be recognizably purple.
RGB 86, 60, 92
As opposed to English Violet, Russian Violet contains more blue hues, giving this color the appearance of a blue that is edging towards black.
RGB 50, 23, 77
This soft pink has enough lavender hues to pass for a purple shade. Making its display as a Pantone color, it is named after the color most seen attributed to typical fairy garb.
RGB 242, 193, 209
This vivid purplish red falls somewhere between a mix of pink and purple, giving this fun color its equally fanciful name.
RGB 181, 51, 137
While this vivid purple may also be known as deep mauve, it is classified purely as “mauve” in French and it is named after the mallow flower.
RGB 212, 115, 212
Shades of Purple Color
Because purple encompasses colors named violet which are not technically violets, as well as deep purples that are almost pink and fuchsias closer to blue, the actual range of purple shades is exceedingly vast.
These are just a few examples of the vivid and matte colors associated with the purple range, with many more interesting shades out there, from mauve to lilac and everything in between.