Violet is calming.

Finally peaceful 36" x 48" oil on canvas $2100 by Marlene Lowden
Finally peaceful 36″ x 48″ oil on canvas $2600 by Marlene Lowden

Violet is the highest colour in the visible spectrum. This colour is known as one of the “cool” colours. It has a very calming effect on us and is, therefore, very helpful for those people experiencing sleep difficulties or stress.

A pure violet hue is a secondary colour. It’s a blending of a warm red and cool blue on the colour wheel.  Like indigo, I love the colour and once had my bedroom painted a soft violet tint.  However, looking through my collection, I’ve come to realize that I don’t use it much as a focal colour.   I use it most often as a complementary colour to yellow.  I intend to explore this lovely hue in more depth.

It is the hardest colour for the eye to discriminate because it has the shortest wavelength in the light spectrum. The next shortest wavelength is Ultraviolet which is invisible to the naked eye.

Violet is closely linked with our subconscious thoughts of royalty and spirituality.  It relates to self knowledge and spiritual awareness and to the CROWN (sahasrara) chakra which is at the top of the head.



All about violet:

Positive Meanings of Violet

  • Spirituality, Faith
  • Magic, Mysticism
  • Ceremony, Ritual
  • Unconscious, Subconscious
  • Creativity, Inspiration
  • Imagination, Awareness
  • Passion, Sensitivity
  • Calming, Contemplative
  • Bravery, Courage
  • Wealth, Opulence
  • Luxury, Nobility
  • Aristocracy, Royalty

Leonardo da Vinci once wrote that meditation and prayer is ten times more powerful while sitting in the violet light shining through a stained glass window.

Violet can also help to develop imagination and creativity. While composing his operas, Richard Wagner surrounded himself with it.

Violet is sometimes used to relieve migraine headaches and suppress appetite.

Violet, being the colour relating to our spiritual connection, can be very helpful for meditation and any spiritual matters.

It is used a great deal within religions across the world.


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