Color Conversations with Cristina

Color does more than convey a mood or set off a room. Color is a language that continually evolves with the cultures that contribute the shades and tones of meaning each of us sees. Artist and Color Consultant, Cristina Acosta, shares her insights and expertise about the colors in your life – your home – your business.

Nature’s Lovers are Colors – Purple and Green Together

Posted on | October 23, 2009 | 4 Comments

Purple has two "near-complements" which are orange and green. This bathroom photo shows how well purple bridges both the sage green tile color and the "orange" colored natural wood.

Purple has two "near-complements" which are orange and green. This bathroom photo shows how well purple bridges both the sage green tile color and the "orange" colored natural wood.

Landscape artists often refer to the color combination of violet/purple and green as “Nature’s Lovers”. Not only do purple and green look good together on an artist’s canvas, they can look amazing together in your home.

The beautiful combination of egg carton colors In a supermercado in Cuernavaca, Mexico caught the lens of my camera. Notice how the green is "softer" than the stronger color of violet. Putting a bright color next to a softer color creates interest at the same time it quiets the two colors. Note how in the photo of the bathroom shower above, the purple is much brighter than the green. It's the same principle. I

The beautiful combination of egg carton colors In a supermercado in Cuernavaca, Mexico caught the lens of my camera. Notice how the green is "softer" than the stronger color of violet. Putting a bright color next to a softer color creates interest at the same time it quiets the brighter color (a little). Note how in the photo of the bathroom shower above, the purple is much brighter than the green. It's the same principle.

Purple and green pair beautifully in the garden.

Purple and green pair beautifully in the garden.

From soft gray violet to deep amethyst purples, painting your walls your favorite shade of purple will go with more colors than you might think. Here’s why. Purple is a mixture of red and blue. That means you can easily coordinate purple with those colors. Green is another color that coordinates beautifully with purple, but not for the same reason. The color green is what artist’s refer to as a “near complement” to purple.

Even though a “near complement” sounds like something socially awkward, in artist’s terms it describes a particular secondary color’s relationship to another color on the color wheel. (If you want to learn more about color relationships including what is a primary, secondary and tertiary color, read my book, Paint Happy.)

Deep grayish purple and medium grass green evoke are natural foils to the outdoor patio furniture in this retail location.

Deep grayish purple and medium grass green are natural foils to the outdoor patio furniture in this retail location. Patio World, Bend, Oregon.

If all of this sounds too complicated, stop before you decide that choosing colors is just too complex of a subject. You don’t have to learn any complicated aesthetic terms to enjoy color. Look around you and you’ll see unlikely combinations that are beautiful together. In nature you’ll often see green and purple together at your local farmer’s market or produce section at the supermarket. Eggplants, artichokes and asparagus are examples of vegetables where the colors green and purple exist beautifully together.

Consciously seeing color and noting color combinations you like is inspiration you can bring into your life and into your home. Next time you’re thinking about home colors, look beyond the paint store before you start choosing color chips. You might surprise yourself with the combinations you realize you enjoy.

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4 Responses to “Nature’s Lovers are Colors – Purple and Green Together”

  1. patio umbrella
    December 14th, 2009 @ 5:10 am

    It is pretty looking for Nature’s Lovers are Colors,Patio furniture choice comes in many different styles, also look in patio garden,outdoor,lights,sets,etc.which can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, and dining rooms,also tables, beds, and shelves.

  2. Isopropyl Alcohol :
    October 29th, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    the patio furniture that we have at home were all built by my uncle. they are really of great style and quality,`:

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    November 17th, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    the patio furnitures that we use at home are leather covered and they are really nice ‘”;

  4. Jessica
    May 14th, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    I was Surfing for something completely different, but got your page Nature’s Lovers are Colors – Purple and Green Together | Color Conversations with Cristina and found it Interesting.Nice Post on paint colors for kitchens…Thanks.

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