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Color of the Month – Purple

Posted on: April 1, 2011

With the April Showers (snow in some places; tornadoes in others — but a “dicky bird” in Texas says Dallas was seeing 87 degrees today!) we welcome our new “Color of the Month”.

The way the sale works is that you receive 10% off the base shade price, in addition to other sales!

April therefore sees lovers of the colors VIBE (light orchid) and DIVA (light violet) able to take advantage of this rare opportunity.

So what does the color purple signify?

For one thing: Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, and Alice Walker! So support a favorite novel, while reading or watching the film adaptation in front of your purple shade(s)!

Seriously, though, purple is the symbol of “wealth” and “royalty”. It makes me think of Easter — in the Catholic Church the color symbolizes penance, humility, melancholy; it is the liturgical color of Advent, Lent and Good Friday. Possibly, this is the derivation of the color purple representing “wisdom” and “spirituality” then.

I really *like* this image of the color purpose: that it signifies “Rich Sophistication“!

The website found here has some color psychology insights of interest: “This color stimulates the brain activity used in problem solving.” And this one sure ties in to our home decor theme: “Young adolescent girls are most likely to select nearly all shades of purple {no pun intended!} as their favorite color.” At least I hope that is true and not some outlandish “sexist” comment!

I’d therefore love to hear from readers: If purple is your favorite color: TELL US!

Kate Smith (at mentions that “purple was the first dye made by man”, which, as a fiber artist, I find an interesting tidbit to learn about. She claims “The color purple affects us physically by

  • Uplifting
  • Calming the mind and nerves [and who can’t use THAT?]
  • Encouraging a sense of spirituality
  • Supporting creativity”

In the garden, Kate says it “is a cool color in landscape design”. Hey! my house has a bit of a purple scheme going on! Who knew? “Purple plants visually recede in a garden, making a small space feel larger.”

I’ll take a couple $5,000 “purple” chips home (although I am not a fan of gambling [too much of a gamble!]). This is under Kate’s “interesting facts” about purple section.

And we certainly must honor the military and mention here the “Purple Heart” – given to soldiers wounded in battle.

A useful section is “Purple around the World”: Did you know,

  • In Thailand, purple is worn by widows (a color of mourning)
  • In Tibet, amethyst is considered a sacred color associated with Buddha
  • In Iran, purpose is thought to represent what is to come.

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Read our past “psychology of color” posts:
Green (March)
Yellow (February)


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