Purple has the hex code #800080. The equivalent RGB values are (128, 0, 128), which means it is composed of 50% red, 0% green and 50% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:0 M:100 Y:0 K:50. In the HSV/HSB scale, Purple has a hue of 300°, 100% saturation and a brightness value of 50%. Details of other color codes including equivalent web safe and HTML & CSS colors are given in the table below. Also listed are the closest Pantone® (PMS) and RAL colors.
Purple of the web colors list lies exactly midway between red and blue. Also, its value is 50%, which means it is halfway between black and white. This is the best representation of the color purple on the computer screen. The color can be used by its name in HTML and CSS code in addition to the hex, RGB, CMYK and HSB values.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Web purple is different from X11 purple. The latter is much brighter and has a lot more blue than the former. Using the name "purple" in HTML/CSS will result in the display of web purple. Other names: Patriarch
The complement of Purple is Ao (English) with the hex code #008000. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #800080 color is offered by #008000. The complementary color palette is easiest to use and work with. Studies have shown that contrasting color palette is the best way to grab a viewer's attention.
The analogous colors of Purple (#800080) are Rose Garnet (#800040) and Indigo (#400080). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Purple with a 30° separation on either side. An analogous color palette is extremely soothing to the eyes and works wonders if your main color is soft or pastel.
As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Purple (#800080) are #408000 (Avocado) and #008040 (Philippine Green). A split-complementary color palette consists of the main color along with those on either side (30°) of the complementary color. Based on our research, usage of split-complementary palettes is on the rise online, especially in graphics and web sites designs. It may be because it is not as contrasting as the complementary color palette and, hence, results in a combination which is pleasant to the eyes.
Purple triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #808000 (Olive) and #008080 (Teal) along with #800080 create a stunning and beautiful triadic palette with the maximum variation in hue and, therefore, offering the best possible contrast when taken together.
The tetradic palette of Purple has four colors - #808000 (Olive), #008000 (Ao (English)) and #000080 (Navy Blue) in addition to the base color (#800080). A tetradic color palette is complex and, in most cases, should not be used off-the-shelf. We suggest tweaking the colors slightly to achieve desired results.
Purple square color palette has #804000 (Chocolate (Traditional)), #008000 (Ao (English)) and #004080 (Dark Cerulean). Quite like triadic, the hues in a square palette are at the maximum distance from each other, which is 90°. Note: For several colors purposes, a square palette may look much better than the tetrad color palette.
Purple Color Rainbow Palette
Our Purple rainbow color palette is based on the RGB model and consists of 7 colors, just like the traditional rainbow. You might not see a lot of variation in color, especially if the chosen color is dark or extremely light. However, this can lead interesting rainbow palettes that are faded, soft, pastel or dull.