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Lilac shades

From Background to smallest circle: Lilac, rich lilac, deep lilac, French lilac. © Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

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Question: What Color is Lilac?
Named for the flower of the same name, there are several shades of lilac, a medium purple color.
Answer: There is no Web color called lilac but the colors of lilac are on the violet side of purple but a bit duskier than lavender. The lilac flowers actually come in many colors but the color called lilac is usually in the violet shades.

Lilac is...

... a feminine color
... a romantic color
... a slightly nostalgic or old-fashioned color
... a Springtime color
... an Easter color

Specifying Shades of Lilac

  • Lilac | Hex #C8A2C8 | RGB 200,162,200
  • Lilac | Hex #C17ECD | RGB 193,126,205
  • Lilac (rich or medium lilac) | Hex #B666D2 | RGB 182,102,210
  • Lilac (deep lilac) | Hex #9955BB | RGB 153,85,187
  • Lilac (bright lilac) | Hex #9962BF | RGB 153,98,191
  • Lilac (French or medium dark lilac) | Hex #86608E | RGB 134,96,142

Using Lilac

  • Lilac is a cool and warm color with its mix of blue and red.
  • Lilac carries the purple symbolism associated with the lighter shades of purple. It's a feminine color with a bit of a maternal feeling. Like lavender, lilac can be a bit nostalgic. It goes well with black and dark green. For a lovely lilac mix combine shades of lilac with some greens, plums, and mauve. Lilac is similar to lavender or pink or violet.

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