The Symbolism Of Periwinkle: Color Swatches For The Soul - Darn Good Yarn

The Symbolism Of Periwinkle: Color Swatches For The Soul

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 Periwinkle.

A periwinkle set of symbols: a woman's face in a white frame, a book, a ball of yarn, a flowering vine, and a pair of high heels, on a rainbow color swatch background.

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 Periwinkle Sets The Mood

Periwinkle is a light and very bluish shade of purple, sparkling with purity of the heart and whimsical communication. This color is curious, inquisitive, and even a bit shy! It wonders often, and dives deep into its inner-world, playing with the intuition of purple and the thinking nature of blue.

A periwinkle colored ball of yarn and two sparkling crafter's hands in a white frame on a color wheel background.

How To Use Periwinkle In Your Craft Projects

Periwinkle is a wondrous color to use for all things regarding childhood and childlike qualities. It is a soft shade to use as a base color, and can take up large areas without feeling overwhelming. Actually, as periwinkle is a very airy color, it tends to prefer wide-open spaces! Decorations and designs on periwinkle crafts may be best used sparingly, or lining the edges or trim. Organic, round patterns work best with this flowing color, and while straight lined patterns may struggle to contain its wandering nature, alternating stripes with like minded pastels can dance with it beautifully!

A woman's face in a white frame on top of a periwinkle color palette background.

Color Palettes For Periwinkle

Periwinkle gets to embrace its inner-whimsy with blushes, magentas, teals, and pastel yellows. Its storybook qualities can be enhanced with sage greens, faded browns, and orangey reds! This color pairs best with shades that are light and pastel, or darker, but a bit desaturated. Periwinkle will clash easily with neon or fully saturated colors, unless the balance of the color palette is complex enough to transition between their tones.

Use periwinkle when you want to look at the world as a fresh slate from within.

If you can feel it, there’s a color for it!

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Meet the Author

Close up of the author, Michaela Matthews wearing red lipstick and a poofy red scarf with white flower arrangement in background.

"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.