Shades of purple02 Feb 2007
Have you ever gotten into a discussion with a woman on colors? It seems that, while some people have ‘absolute hearing’ (pinpoint any frequency to the right note), there is also a kind of ‘absolute color perception’, and women seem more often blessed with it. While us men have the habit of calling anything with a red/blue mix ‘purple’, life is actually not that simple. There are many shades of purple: violet, mauve, orchid and half a dozen variations on those.
To make things even more difficult for Belgian men: we actually have two words in Dutch: ‘paars‘ is the equivalent of ‘purple’ in English, while ‘purper‘ is more like magenta. Ask any man here (that’s not a fashion designer or hairdresser) the difference between ‘purper’ and ‘paars’ and you’ll get utter astonishment.
So here’s a reference chart of the shades of purple I found in the HTML color list:
|#660099||Vulgar Purple (paars)|
|#800080||(Royal) Purple (purper)|
|#990066||Aubergine / Eggplant|
|#A020F0||Purple (X11 color)|
|#C71585||Medium violet red|
|#DB7093||Pale violet red|
If any woman/color-sensitive man would like to point out more variations of purple-ish colours, be my guest!
By the way: purple is the color for Saturday, according to Ayurveda weekday colors