The meaning of the color Fuchsia and color combinations to inspire your next design.
Fuchsia is a bright purplish-red color. The fuchsia color code is #FF00FF.
What colors do you mix to get fuchsia? If you’re painting; red, pink and purple paint mixed together will create fuchsia’s vibrant hue. On computer screens; mixing blue and red light at full and equal intensity will produce fuchsia.
On the color wheel fuchsia is located between pink and purple, which means it can be thought of as a meeting point between the two shades.
However in everyday use, fuchsia is commonly thought of as a bright shade of pink.
In some contexts, fuchsia and magenta are just different names for the same color.
In the RGB color model used to project color onto television and computer screens, fuchsia and magenta are the same hue. They’re also considered the same shade on the hex chart used by web designers and developers, where they both share the color code #FF00FF.
But in print and design work, the two hues often slightly differ. While fuchsia is usually purplish in appearance, magenta looks redder.
Fuchsia was first used as a color name in English in 1892. It is named after the bright shade of the fuchsia flower.
However, a hue under a very similar name was actually introduced a few decades earlier. A dye called “fuchsine” was patented by a French chemist in 1859 but renamed “magenta” less than a year later, in honor of the victory of the French army at the Battle of Magenta in Italy. It’s believed the name “fuchsine” was too hard for customers to pronounce and the dye sold better once rebranded as “magenta”.
A more muted variant on fuchsia, called “fuchsia rose”, was chosen as Pantone’s Color of the Year in 2001.
Fuchsia’s bright, bold appearance is energizing and uplifting. It’s likely to be considered a fun and even provocative shade.
Due to its similarity to pink, fuchsia is also likely to be considered a feminine color—but one that’s more confident and mature than shades like pastel pink or baby pink. It’s been used by many female-focussed brands to convey a sense of attitude. For instance, the women’s magazine Cosmopolitan, the fashion label Betsey Johnson and the TV show Sex and the City all use fuchsia in their logos.
In color psychology, fuchsia is believed to inspire assurance and assertiveness.
Fuchsia is an eye-catching color that commands attention. You could use a splash of fuchsia alongside black or white to make a design pop, or employ it in any situation where you wish to communicate a fun, playful, femininity. It’s a popular color in women’s fashion, especially in occasion wear.
However, too much fuchsia can be overwhelming. For this reason, pinks and purples are the least used colors in web design.
Fuchsia can be combined with a number of different colors. It’s particularly commanding when paired with black, but also pops next to a lime green, which is its complementary color in the color wheel. Fuchsia combined with a bright yellow or orange creates a bold, attention-grabbing color palette, while the hue can also work alongside cool grays. The colors that pair well with fuchsia include:
Looking for a different hue? The following colors are related to fuchsia.
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