Written by Michaela MacBlake Matthews
Welcome back to another edition of Color Swatches For The Soul, where we are taking a closer look at the symbolism of shades, and how to set the mood for your craft projects, fashion, and lifestyle with color psychology! Today we’re looking at Dahlia Purple
The Purple Family
In color psychology, and in the chakra system, purples represent spirituality and intuition. As one of the darker hues in the spectrum, purple often represents the night sky, or venturing into the greater unknown. Purple is a cosmic color, and is composed of a mixture between active reds or pinks, and observational blues. Together, this secondary color loves to observe its own actions, and actively seek out new observations. It is this combination of internal and external movement that gives purple its royal and spiritual footing.
How Dahlia Purple Sets The Mood
Dahlia is a warm and subdued shade of purple, taking a nurturing approach to the divine. It is a refined color, balancing youthfulness and wisdom, action and thoughtful emotion, all in good form. Dahlia purple favors magenta over blue, which gives it a social, extroverted nature, as opposed to the deep-in-thought purples like indigo. The greyish tone of this hue helps it keep a level head and a steady footing while it explores the creative, connected world and shares it with others.
How To Use Dahlia Purple In Your Craft Projects
Dahlia Purple is a wonderful color to use in collaborations, or for handmade gifts to other creative people. It is also a great color to go deeper with another person, ideal for a handmade card with a lengthy inscription.
Craft projects made with Dahlia are best for non-event giving, or special occasions that are a bit more hidden, such as friendiversaries, offering congratulations on personal triumphs that take place below the surface, and rejuvenating creative passions in a quiet, ‘I’m doing this for me’ manner.
Color Palettes For Dahlia Purple
Dahlia Purple can provide a beautiful base color for delicate and intense pops of sunset yellows, oranges, and turquoise. It will also blend and pair easily with most fellow purples, pinks, and dusky blues.
Dahlia feels most at home and takes the spotlight of its own essence when supported by deep browns, creamy beiges, and rich forest greens, as these colors ground and nourish the explorative nature of purple. In this sense, it can also be brightened and motivated by sparing accents of warm gold, which reflect the rewarding treasures that come from its search and innovation.
Dahlia Purple is the go-to color for embracing your eccentricity and individualism in a steady, refined manner. In an abstract sense, it is the color of a well-used palette itself, always finding a new balance for the many paths that color can take!
If you can feel it, there’s a color for it!
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"Mac" is on the Lifestyle Team here at Darn Good Yarn, and loves taking a ‘teach a man to fish’ approach to creative therapy. She is certified in neuro-linguistic programming, and is also the surreal artist and author behind Surrealismac.