Make your designs pop with periwinkle color.

Learn about the meaning of periwinkle color and get ideas to inspire your next project.

Named after the evergreen Vinca flower, periwinkle is a soft, pale indigo that sits between purple and blue on the color wheel. Periwinkle is a timeless choice for designers and artists looking to instill a sense of calmness and serenity into their images.

Let’s get up close and personal with periwinkle color and discover how it can complement (or anchor) your next design. To create periwinkle, use:

What does periwinkle color mean?

With subtle shades of purple and pink, periwinkle soothes as it signals softness. Many artists and designers use periwinkle to invoke notions of:

Claude Monet’s The Garden at Giverny (La maison à travers les roses) is a perfect example of periwinkle’s emotional magic. Learn more about color meaning to inform your next work of art.

How to pair periwinkle.

You can reach for periwinkle to anchor the vibrancy of colors like green and orange. For example, if your pop art design or floral painting has clashing green and orange hues, you can introduce periwinkle to balance the palette’s energy.

Plus, if you’re working with a palette that leans neutral or blue, periwinkle is a perfect complement. Play with periwinkle’s saturation and lightness to hone your design’s palette and message. You can also work with related hues like:




Periwinkle color conversion.

Reference the color codes below to inject periwinkle into your next design and take a moment to discover more graphic design basics.

Bolster your creative expression with the color periwinkle and its emotional influence. Explore what more you can do with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign today.