Mix purple and brown, and you get puce, a close relative of burnt sienna. The color’s name is the French word for flea. While puce is not always the first color to pop to mind when you develop a palette, it’s a great neutral often used in modern interior decor.
Oranges, greens, and yellows play wonderfully with puce. In palettes like these, puce works best as a secondary color, bringing out a bright accent.
This hue is also associated with earth and nature. It is, after all, the rich brown often seen when outdoors.