Lilac (color)

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This article is about the color. For other uses, see Lilac (disambiguation).

Lilac (#C8A2C8)[1]

Lilac is a color that is a pale violet tone representing the average color of most lilac flowers. It might also be described as mauve or light purple. The colors of some lilac flowers may be equivalent to the colors shown below as pale lilac, rich lilac, or deep lilac. There are other lilac flowers that are colored red-violet.

The first recorded use of lilac as an English color name was in 1775.[2]

Variations of lilac[edit]

Pale lilac[edit]

Lilac (ISCC-NBS)How to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #DCD0FF
sRGBB  (rgb) (220, 208, 255)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (14, 18, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v) (255°, 18%, 100[3]%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Pale lilac is the color that is represented as lilac in the ISCC-NBS color list. The source of this color is sample 209 in the ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955).[4]

Sophie Gengembre Anderson: The Time Of The Lilacs.


Bright lilac[edit]

Lilac (Crayola)How to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #D891EF
sRGBB  (rgb) (216, 145, 239)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (10, 39, 0, 6)
HSV       (h, s, v) (285°, 39%, 94[5]%)
Source Crayola
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color bright lilac is displayed at right. This is the color called lilac by Crayola in 1994 as one of the colors in its Magic Scent specialty box of colors.

Rich lilac[edit]

Lilac (Pourpre.com)How to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #B666D2
sRGBB  (rgb) (182, 102, 210)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (13, 51, 0, 18)
HSV       (h, s, v) (284°, 51%, 82[6]%)
Source Pourpre.com
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Rich lilac, the rich tone of lilac called lilac in the Pourpre.com color list, a color list popular in France, is shown at right. Another name for this color is bright French lilac.


French lilac[edit]

French LilacHow to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #86608E
sRGBB  (rgb) (134, 96, 142)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (6, 32, 0, 44)
HSV       (h, s, v) (290°, 32%, 56[7]%)
Source ISCC NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color French lilac is displayed at right.

This color was formulated for use in interior design when a medium dark violet color is desired.

The first recorded use of French lilac as a color name in English was in 1814.[8]


Lilac in nature[edit]

Birds[edit]

Lilac in culture[edit]

Geography[edit]

  • Spokane, Washington, is known as the "Lilac City", and also holds an annual lilac festival and lilac parade.
  • Lombard, Illinois is called the "Lilac Village" and has an annual lilac festival and parade in May.

Science[edit]

  • Many chemists use flame tests to test to anions. When Potassium is heated it produces a lilac colour.

Greeting cards[edit]

Literature[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]