Lavender (color)

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Lavender (floral) (#B57EDC)
#B57EDC

Lavender (web) (#E6E6FA)
#E6E6FA

Lavender (web color)
 
Single lavendar flower02.jpg
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Hex triplet#E6E6FA
sRGBB  (rgb)(230, 230, 250)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(8, 8, 0, 2)
HSV       (h, s, v)(240°, 8%, 98[1]%)
SourceX11[2]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Lavender is a light purple. It applies particularly to the color of the flower of the same name. The web color called lavender is displayed at right—it matches the color of the very palest part of the lavender flower; however, the more saturated color shown below as floral lavender more closely matches the average color of the lavender flower as shown in the picture and is the tone of lavender historically and traditionally considered lavender by the average person as opposed to those who are web site designers.[3] The color lavender might be described as a medium purple or a light pinkish purple. The term lavender may be used in general to apply to a wide range of pale, light or greyish purples but only on the pink side. Lilac is pale purple on the blue side. In paints, the colour lavender is made by mixing purple and white paint.

The first recorded use of the word lavender as a color term in English was in 1705.[4]

Historical development of the concept of the color[edit]

Originally, the name lavender only applied to flowers. By 1930, the book A Dictionary of Color[5] identified three major shades of lavender—[floral] lavender, lavender gray, and lavender blue, and in addition a fourth shade of lavender called old lavender (a dark lavender gray) (all four of these shades of lavender are shown below). By 1955, the publication of the ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (a color dictionary used by stamp collectors to identify the colors of stamps), now on the Internet,[6] listed dozens of different shades of lavender. Today, although the color floral lavender (the color of the flower of the lavender plant) remains the standard for lavender, just as there are many shades of pink (light red, light rose, and light magenta colors), there are many shades of lavender (some light magenta, some light purple, [mostly] light violet [as well as some grayish violet], and some light indigo colors).

Variations[edit]

Lavender blush[edit]

Lavender blush
 
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Hex triplet#FFF0F5
sRGBB  (rgb)(255, 240, 245)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 6, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v)(340°, 6%, 100[7]%)
SourceX11
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Displayed at right is the web color lavender blush. It is a pale pinkish tone of lavender.

Lavender mist (web color lavender)[edit]

Lavender mist
 
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#E6E6FA
sRGBB  (rgb)(230, 230, 250)
HSV       (h, s, v)(240°, 8%, 98[8]%)
SourceX11
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The color designated as the web color lavender is a very pale tint of lavender that in other (artistic) contexts may be described as lavender mist.[citation needed]

Languid lavender[edit]

Languid lavender
 
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Hex triplet#D6CADD
sRGBB  (rgb)(214, 202, 221)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 17, 0, 22)
HSV       (h, s, v)(270°, 17%, 82%)
SourcePlochere
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Displayed at right is the color languid lavender. The source of this color is the Plochere Color System, a color system formulated in 1948 that is widely used by interior designers.[9]

Lavender gray[edit]

Lavender gray
 
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#C4C3D0
sRGBB  (rgb)(196, 195, 208)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(6, 6, 0, 18)
HSV       (h, s, v)(245°, 6%, 82[10]%)
SourceISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The historical name for this color is lavender gray. It is listed in A Dictionary of Color as one of the three major variations of lavender in 1930 along with lavender blue (shown below) and [floral] lavender (also shown below).[11] (This book also designates a fourth shade of lavender, called old lavender, also shown below). This color is similar to Prismacolor colored pencil PC 1026, Greyed Lavender.

Sample of lavender gray: ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955)—Color sample of lavender gray (color sample #213):

Soap[edit]

Soap
 
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Hex triplet#CEC8EF
sRGBB  (rgb)(206, 200, 239)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(14, 16, 0, 6)
HSV       (h, s, v)(249°, 16%, 94[12]%)
SourceCrayola
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color soap is displayed at right. Soap is a color formulated by Crayola in 1994 as one of the colors in its Magic Scent specialty box of colors.

Soap bars with lavender from Provence
Soap bars with lavender from Provence

This color is a representation of soap scented with lavender, one of the most popular scents for soap.

Pale lavender[edit]

Pale Lavender
 
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Hex triplet#DCD0FF
sRGBB  (rgb)(220, 208, 255)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(17, 21, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v)(264°, 14%, 100%)
SourceISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At right is displayed the pale tint of lavender shown as lavender in sample 209 in the ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names.[13]

Lavender blue[edit]

A periwinkle flower
Periwinkle
 
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Hex triplet#CCCCFF
sRGBB  (rgb)(204, 204, 255)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0.20, 0.20, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v)(240°, 20%, 100%)
SourceMaerz and Paul[14]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Lavender blue was listed in A Dictionary of Color as one of the three major variations of lavender in 1930 along with lavender gray (shown above) and [floral] lavender (shown below). It is identified as being the same color as periwinkle. The first use of the term lavender blue as a color term was in 1926.[15]

Light lavender (wisteria)[edit]

Wisteria
 
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Hex triplet#C9A0DC
sRGBB  (rgb)(201, 160, 220)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(16, 40, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v)(281°, 27%, 86%)
SourceCrayola
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)
Chinese wisteria

The color wisteria is displayed at right. Wisteria, a light medium violet color is equivalent to light lavender.

The Prismacolor colored pencil PC 956, which used to be called light violet and is now called lilac (the actual color of the colored pencil is equivalent to wisteria rather than lilac) is this color.

Wisteria close-up
Wisteria close-up

Wisteria in this exact shade is one of the Crayola crayon colors on the list of Crayola crayon colors. It was formulated as a Crayola color in 1993. The first recorded use of wisteria as a color name in English was in 1892.[16]

Pink lavender[edit]

Pink lavender
 
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#D8B2D1
sRGBB  (rgb)(219, 178, 209)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 18, 3, 15)
HSV       (h, s, v)(311°, 18%, 85[17]%)
SourcePantone TPX[18]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color pink lavender is displayed at right.

The source of this color is the "Pantone Textile Paper eXtended (TPX)" color list, color #14-3207 TPX—Pink Lavender.[19]

Lavender pink[edit]

Lavender pink
 
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Hex triplet#FBAED2
sRGBB  (rgb)(252, 180, 213)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 31, 16, 2)
HSV       (h, s, v)(332°, 31%, 98[20]%)
SourceCrayola
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)
Lavender pink roses
Lavender pink roses

After the introduction of the Munsell color system, in which purple, described as equivalent to red-violet, is described as one of the five psychological primary colors along with red, yellow, green, and blue, some people began to think of lavender as being somewhat more pinkish color.[citation needed] This color can be described as lavender pink or pale pinkish-purple when purple is defined as equivalent to red-violet as artists do.[citation needed]

This tone of lavender, displayed at right, is the color designated as lavender (color #74) in the list of Crayola crayon colors. This version of “lavender” is a lot pinker than the other shades of lavender shown here.

Before 1958, the color shown below as medium lavender gray and now called purple mountain majesty by Crayola was called lavender in Crayola crayons.

Medium lavender magenta (web color plum)[edit]

Plum (web color)
 
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Hex triplet#DDA0DD
sRGBB  (rgb)(221, 160, 221)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 28, 0, 13)
HSV       (h, s, v)(300°, 28%, 87[21]%)
SourceHTML/CSS[22]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At right is displayed the color medium lavender magenta which is equivalent to the web color version of plum (pale plum).

Plum fruits
Plum fruits

This color may be regarded both as a tone of lavender since it is a light color between rose and blue and as a light medium tone of magenta because its red and blue values are equal (the color signature of a tone of magenta for computer display).

Heliotrope[edit]

Heliotrope
 
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Hex triplet#DF73FF
sRGBB  (rgb)(223, 115, 255)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(13, 55, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v)(286°, 55%, 100%)
SourceMaerz and Paul[23]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)
Garden heliotrope
Garden heliotrope

The color heliotrope is shown at right. Another name for this color is psychedelic lavender because this color was a popular color often used in the hippie psychedelic poster art of the late 1960s for the Fillmore Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. These posters were sold in the head shops of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and were drawn and produced by such artists as Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse, Rick Griffin, and Victor Moscoso.

Lavender (floral)[edit]

A lavender flower
Lavender (floral)
 
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Hex triplet#B57EDC
sRGBB  (rgb)(181, 126, 220)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(18, 43, 0, 14)
HSV       (h, s, v)(275°, 43%, 86[24]%)
SourceMaerz and Paul[25]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At right is displayed the color Lavender (floral). This color matches the color shown as "lavender" (viewed under a full-spectrum fluorescent lamp) in the 1930 book A Dictionary of Color (reference below), the world standard for color names before the introduction of computers. This color may also be called floral lavender. It is a medium violet.

This tone of lavender would be the approximate color you would get if you mix 50% violet paint and 50% white paint.

This tone of lavender may be regarded as actual lavender and the other tones displayed in this article can be regarded as all variations on this shade.[26]

This lavender also closely matches the color given as lavender in a basic purple color chart.

Amethyst[edit]

Amethyst as a quaternary color on the RYB color wheel
  purple
  amethyst
  violet
Amethyst crystals
Amethyst crystals
Amethyst
 
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#9966CC
sRGBB  (rgb)(153, 102, 204)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(25, 50, 0, 20)
HSV       (h, s, v)(270°, 50%, 80[27]%)
Sourcehtmlcsscolor[28]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color amethyst is a moderate, transparent violet. Its name is derived from the stone amethyst, a form of quartz. Amethyst is the birthstone for those born in February.

The first recorded use of amethyst as a color name in English was in 1572.[29]

Faceted amethyst
Faceted amethyst

Though the color of natural amethyst varies from purple to yellow, the amethyst color referred to here is the moderate purple color most commonly associated with amethyst stones. There is disagreement as to the cause of the purple color of the amethyst stone. Some believe that the color is due to the presence of manganese, while others have suggested that the amethyst color could be from ferric thiocyanate or sulfur found in amethyst stones.[30]

Deep lavender (web color medium purple)[edit]

Medium purple
 
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Hex triplet#9370DB
sRGBB  (rgb)(147, 112, 219)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(56, 58, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v)(270°, 68%, 72%)
SourceX11
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Displayed at right is the web color medium purple which is equivalent to deep medium violet or deep lavender.

Lavender purple (purple mountain majesty)[edit]

Purple mountain majesty
 
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Hex triplet#9678B6
sRGBB  (rgb)(150, 120, 182)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(18, 34, 0, 29)
HSV       (h, s, v)(260°, 34%, 71[31]%)
SourceCrayola
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Displayed at right is the color purple mountain majesty, a Crayola color since 1993. This color may be regarded as a medium lavender gray.

This color was the color called lavender in Crayola crayons before 1958, when Crayola switched to calling the color shown above as lavender pink as being lavender. See the website "Lost Crayola Crayon Colors".[32] Because of that, another name for this color is lavender purple.

Mountain view at Auke Bay, Alaska, showing distinctive purple tinges.
Mountain view at Auke Bay, Alaska showing distinctive purple tinges

This color is a representation of the way mountains look when they are far away.

English lavender[edit]

English lavender
 
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Hex triplet#B48395
sRGBB  (rgb)(180, 131, 149)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(0, 27, 17, 29)
HSV       (h, s, v)(338°, 27%, 71[33]%)
SourcePantone TPX[34]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Displayed at right is the color English lavender.

English lavender is a medium light tone of grayish pinkish lavender.

English lavender
English lavender

The source of this color is the "Pantone Textile Paper eXtended (TPX)" color list, color #17-3617 TPX—English Lavender.[35]

Twilight lavender[edit]

Twilight lavender
 
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#8A496B
sRGBB  (rgb)(138, 73, 107)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(14, 33, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v)(297°, 48%, 96[36]%)
SourceCrayola
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color twilight lavender is displayed at right. Twilight lavender is a color formulated by Crayola in 1990 as one of the colors in its Silver Swirls specialty box of metallic colors.

Although this is supposed to be a metallic color, there is no mechanism for displaying metallic colors on a computer.

Old lavender[edit]

Old lavender
 
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#796878
sRGBB  (rgb)(121, 104, 120)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(38, 44, 0, 27)
HSV       (h, s, v)(270°, 3%, 22%)
SourceISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The dark lavender gray color displayed at right is called old lavender. It is a dark grayish violet.

The first recorded use of old lavender as a color name in English was in the year 1924.[37]

The source of this color is color sample #228 at the following website:[38] —The ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Colo(u)r Names (1955), a website for stamp collectors to evaluate the colors of their stamps.

In culture[edit]

Fashion[edit]

  • In the formal rules of mourning dress in Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian Britain, lavender was one of the few colors generally considered acceptable for women's clothing during the period of half-mourning, during which the bereaved was considered to still be in mourning and required to dress in sober, muted tones, but was not expected to wear the all-black garments of full mourning.
  • Lavender roses are symbolic of "love at first sight".[39]

LGBT[edit]

Medicine[edit]

Music[edit]

Religion[edit]

Film, television and video games[edit]

Numismatics[edit]

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a Lavender colored banknote of ₹100 denomination under Mahatma Gandhi New Series. The bank note measures 142 mm × 66 mm.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #E6E6FA (Lavender (web color)):
  2. ^ 4.3. SVG color keywords--X11 colors including gray/grey variants:. (May 2003). Retrieved on 2008-01-05.
  3. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill See discussion of color lavender, Page 163; See color Sample of Lavender—Page 109 Plate 43 Color Sample C5 (Note that the color sample of lavender shown in the book A Dictionary of Color (the world standard for color matching before the introduction of computers) matches the shade of lavender displayed above under the heading "Lavender (floral)" )
  4. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York: 1930 McGraw-Hill Page 197
  5. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill
  6. ^ ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955)—Color dictionary used by stamp collectors to identify the colors of stamps—See various shades of the color Lavender displayed on indicated page: [1]
  7. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #FFF0F5 (Lavender Blush):
  8. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #E6E6FA (Lavender Mist):
  9. ^ Plochere Color System: Archived 2010-08-21 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #C4C3D0 (Lavender Gray):
  11. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 197
  12. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #CEC8EF (Soap):
  13. ^ "Retsof online version of ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Colo(u)r Names - La through Lz". Tx4.us. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
  14. ^ The color displayed in the color box above matches the color called periwinkle in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color periwinkle is displayed on page 109, Plate 43, Color Sample B8.
  15. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 196—Lavender blue shown as one of the three major variations of lavender under heading lavender; Page 190—Lavender blue is listed as blue-lavender, first use of the color term is identified as 1926, and the color is identified with periwinkle.
  16. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 207; Color Sample of Wisteria: Page 105 Plate 41 Color Sample E8
  17. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #D8B2D1 (Pink Lavender):
  18. ^ Type the words "Pink Lavender" into the indicated window on the Pantone Color Finder and the color will appear.
  19. ^ Pantone TPX Pantone Color Finder--Type the words "Pink Lavender" into the indicated window on the Pantone Color Finder and the color will appear:
  20. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #FBAED2 (Lavender Pink):
  21. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #DDA0DD (Medium Lavender Magenta):
  22. ^ W3C TR CSS3 Color Module, HTML4 color keywords. W3C. (May 2003). Retrieved on 27 October 2009.
  23. ^ The color displayed in the color box above matches the color called heliotrope in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color heliotrope is displayed on page 131, Plate 54, Color Sample C10.
  24. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #B57EDC (Lavender (Floral):
  25. ^ The color displayed in the color box above matches the color called lavender in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color lavender is displayed on page 109, Plate 43, Color Sample C5.
  26. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Color Sample of Lavender—Page 109 Plate 43 Color Sample C5 (The color sample of lavender shown in A Dictionary of Color matches the tone of lavender displayed above under the heading "Lavender (floral)")
  27. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #9966CC (Amethyst):
  28. ^ Nikolaev, 8Bytes studio, Koshevoy Dmitry. Ukraine,. "HEX color #9966CC, Color name: Amethyst, RGB(153,102,204), Windows: 13395609. - HTML CSS Color". www.htmlcsscolor.com. Retrieved 2018-07-25.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  29. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 189; Color Sample of Amethyst: Page 113 Plate 45 Color Sample J8
  30. ^ Chisholm 1911.
  31. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #9678B6 (Lavender Purple (Purple Mountain Majesty)):
  32. ^ "lost color lists - (bring back gold ochre!) - Art - http://maxpages.com/lostcrayolas/lost_color_lists". Maxpages.com. 2004-06-24. Retrieved 2009-12-07. External link in |title= (help)
  33. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #B48395 (English Lavender):
  34. ^ Type the words "English Lavender" into the indicated window on the Pantone Color Finder and the color will appear.
  35. ^ Pantone TPX Pantone Color Finder--Type the words "English Lavender" into the indicated window on the Pantone Color Finder and the color will appear:
  36. ^ web.forrett.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #8A496B (Twilight Lavender):
  37. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 200
  38. ^ "Retsof online version of ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Colo(u)r Names - Oa through Oz". Tx4.us. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
  39. ^ "Rose color Meanings - Meaning of Rose Colors". www.rkdn.org. Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  40. ^ Oxford English Dictionary
  41. ^ Rodgers, Bruce Gay Talk: The Queen's Vernacular—A Dictionary of Gay Slang New York:1972—Parragon Books, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Page 124—Lavender
  42. ^ Jay, Karla and Young, Allen Lavender Culture: The Perceptive Voices of Outspoken Lesbians and Gay Men (1978)
  43. ^ Andrews, Vincent (2010), The Leatherboy Handbook, The Nazca Plains Corp., ISBN 978-1-61098-046-3
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  45. ^ Hankycode on leathernjonline.com access date 2010-03-30
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  47. ^ Bonica, Patricia; Jaime M. Grant. (1998). "Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Organizations". The Reader's Companion to U.s. Women's History. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  48. ^ http://www.lavendergreens.net/
  49. ^ October 8, 1973 issue of Time magazine about the Lavender Panthers : [3]
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