What Color Is Periwinkle? The Lavender Blue

Sometimes, a simple blue isn’t good enough. Sometimes, you need something unique to make a statement in the way that you need it to. Periwinkle is a great color to do that, but it’s not that easy to distinguish. 

We’re here to confirm once and for all that color periwinkle is and let you know about the different shades of periwinkle using a hex color scale. Not to mention, which colors go best with this unique lavender blue. 

What Color Is Periwinkle?

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Periwinkle is first and foremost a plant, not just a color. The plant is called the lesser periwinkle or myrtle herb (Vinca minor) whose flowers are the color periwinkle. It is also sometimes called the flower of death due to its dark past. 

Despite its past, periwinkle has become a great marriage of gorgeous colors that works well with many types of interior designs. The color periwinkle is also called lavender blue. So, it is lavender with a hint of blue in it. 

The exact color for periwinkle isn’t easy to define because there are many shades of periwinkle. You can say this about any color really. Which is why we’ll go over the different shades of periwinkle later. 

Periwinkle Color Meaning

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Most people interested in what periwinkle is are also interested in the etymology of periwinkle too. The word is believed to come from the late Old English peruince or from the late Latin word pervinca.

During Middle English times, the word had Anglo-French influences that changed the -v- in pervinca to -w-, adding an -i- for easy flow, and added the -le instead of -ca. This transformed the word into what it is today. Periwinkle.

How Do You Mix Paint To Make Periwinkle?

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Sometimes, your best bet is to mix your own paint. This is especially true for small projects when it’s cheaper to use your own paint set than to have them match it at the store. You can do this to create your own shade. 

Before you even begin, you will want to find the shade you want. The best way to do this is to do some googling for the shade you want or by finding an inspiration piece. Finding an inspiration piece can be very important. 

Some people design entire houses around their inspiration piece and there’s nothing wrong with that. Your home is your sanctuary and should make you feel good and at home. So make it happen!

Now, to the mixing! To create periwinkle, start with red and white paint to create a base of pink. Then, add touches of light blue to create a lavender purple color. From here, you can add more blue or beginning adding violet. 

If you add too much blue, you’ll end up with cornflower or even sapphire blue. But if you add too much violet, you risk getting an eggplant color. So mix very slowly, adding only a little at a time to get the right mix for you. 

Shades Of Periwinkle 

A little-known but effective way to find colors is to use the hex color code. There are many hex color codes for periwinkle. Here are the most common hex colors associated with periwinkle. Take the color code to a paint store to get it matched. 

True Periwinkle – #8e82fe

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This is the most common periwinkle color. It is called periwinkle and is a slightly darker version that is used for other reasons. But it is the most popular periwinkle color that isn’t necessarily associated with blue or purple. 

Lavender Blue – #ccccff

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This color code is often called periwinkle too. It’s much lighter than the traditional periwinkle that we previously talked about but it is considered as much of periwinkle as the “true periwinkle” is, it’s simply lighter. 

Deep Periwinkle – #7c83bc

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Deep periwinkle is not just a dark periwinkle, that’s a different color. This deep periwinkle is deep, meaning that it has a certain amount of gamut output. Deep colors don’t brighten up a room as rich colors do.

Dark Perwinkle – #665fd1

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Dark periwinkle is different than deep periwinkle because it is bright and of a dark hue. It can brighten up a room without overpowering it. Dark periwinkle has more violet than any other periwinkle, making it almost indigo

Light Periwinkle – #c1c6fc

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Light periwinkle is a lighter periwinkle than most. It is the lightest periwinkle with nearly equal parts blue and purple. Other light periwinkles favor one color or the other while this one is simply a balanced light periwinkle. 

Perwinkle Blue – #8f99fb

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Periwinkle blue favors the blue side of periwinkle, of course. It’s very similar to true periwinkle but with a bit more blue added. If you love periwinkle but want a more blue version, this is your best bet.

Periwinkle Gray – #c3cde6

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Periwinkle gray is is a pretty periwinkle with gray It is a silvery blue-purple that goes well with many different color schemes. If you want something more neutral, periwinkle gray is perfect for you. 

Periwinkle Tint – #d3ddd6

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This periwinkle has a green tint to it, that makes it look minty. It’s actually more of a green with a periwinkle tint, in reality, but nevertheless, the color combination is very similar to other periwinkles. 

Pale Lavender – #dcd0ff

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Pale lavender is a periwinkle type color with less blue than any other. It’s simply a lavender color with the tiniest bits of extra blue thrown in. If you want the lightest purple periwinkle, this is a winner.

Dull Periwinkle -#8fa4d2

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Dull isn’t always a bad thing. Because dull periwinkle is in fact a great color that goes so well with so many other brighter colors. It’s kind of like gray as it adapts some of the tendencies of the colors that it is with.

Perwinkle Powder -#c5cbe1

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Periwinkle powder is a very soft periwinkle color that pairs well with other soft colors. It can make a room look cottage-like or be the perfect color for a nursery. It truly is a unique periwinkle color that should be appreciated.

Lavender Blue Shadow – #8b88f8

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Lavender blue shadow is a great deep periwinkle color that is nearly the opposite of powder blue periwinkle. This one is on the other end of the spectrum and goes well in living rooms, bedrooms, and older kids’ rooms.

What Is The Difference Between Periwinkle And Lavender?

The biggest difference between periwinkle and lavender is that lavender has much less blue than periwinkle. You could only describe lavender as purple but you can describe periwinkle as both purple and blue.

Periwinkle is bluish purple but lavender is purely a pale purple. For a pure representation of the two colors look at the flowers they represent. Just be careful to not look at the rosy periwinkle and instead those with blue tones. 

Colors That Go With Periwinkle Color

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Let’s start off by saying that if you’re choosing a neutral color, then your best bet is white or gray. Blacks and browns can work with periwinkle, but they aren’t quite as safe given shades can clash. So use them with caution. 


Navy is a wonderful color to pair with almost any periwinkle. It can bring out the blue hues without overpowering the purple. It takes a soft color and lets it shine while keeping this royal and sophisticated. 

Mint Green

Mint green is a great color to keep things cool and fresh. This is especially wonderful for a periwinkle tint that already has hints of green, but it can work for the darker, violet periwinkle too as they contrast each other well. 


Salmon is a popular color that can be dangerous to work with. You don’t want to bring down the apparent value of a room with the wrong color. But salmon can be just what periwinkle colors need to look their best. 

Sage Green

Sage green is another wonderful color to work with. It goes with most other colors due to the natural tones of the green so similar to the greens of the forest. Pairing it with periwinkle only looks natural. 


Yes, pretty much any yellow can make a periwinkle room look better. Imagine a checkered blanket or a basket of fruit. Yellow and blue have always been close friends in interior design spaces and this is no exception. 


Silver isn’t really a neutral color but it sure does look good with cool colors. Periwinkle is usually a cool color unless too much red is added. Otherwise, it’s the perfect accent to the cool silver, which is fun to work with. 

Does Black Go With Periwinkle?

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We omitted black from the list because black goes with everything. Especially periwinkle. In fact, black and periwinkle are exceptional pair of colors. Any shade of periwinkle works with black in any room.

However, it usually has a modern feel rather than a traditional or country flair. If you want the room to look more traditional or country-esque then pair it will yellow, green, or even navy instead of black. 

Periwinkle Paint Sheens 

This is something that nearly everyone struggles with. There are a few different paint sheens that affect the end result of your room. Matte is going to look different than a high gloss. But how do you know which one works best for periwinkle? 

Flat Sheen

Flat sheen is the most non-reflective finish that does a good job of hiding imperfections. It will look lighter and duller with periwinkle colors. It’s the least durable type of sheen, so it’s best for low-traffic rooms.

Matte Sheen

Matte sheen has a low reflective finish that also hides imperfections and is fairly easy to clean. However, it’s not nearly as durable as other sheens. Matte is a step above flat sheen and will also look lighter. 

Eggshell Sheen

Eggshell enamel was inspired by the texture of an eggshell. It’s a step above matte and will have a low-to-medium shine and tone. It’s not a glossy finish so it won’t reflect light as other sheens do. 

Satin Sheen

Satin sheen is a fan favorite as it has a pearl-like appearance. It is the lowest reflective choice for high-moisture and grease areas like kitchens and bathrooms. It will ensure that your periwinkle stays true to its color. 

Semi-Gloss Sheen

Semi-Gloss is another popular sheen. It’s the first truly reflective sheen. You will need to apply it slowly and in multiple coats, however. It’s not as easy to hide imperfections with a glossy paint and the colors may appear darker. 

Hi-Gloss Sheen

Hi-Gloss sheen is the shiniest and the most reflective type of sheen you can get. Use it wisely as it will be intense, reflect a lot of light, thus appearing darker and deeper in the end. 

What Are Rare Colors You’ve Probably Never Heard Of?

Perwinkle is indeed a rare color that not many people are aware of. But there are other colors that may interest you too that are far rarer than periwinkle. Take a look at these colors with super fun names! 

  • Celadon – Celadon isn’t as rare as some others but once upon a time, it was once a color reserved for special items owned only by royals. It took special craftsmen to create the color with a ceramic glaze.
  • Lapis Lazuli – Lapus Lazuli is a mineral that was once more valuable than gold. The color of the mineral is rare that the only time that the color appears in nature is when it is found in Lapus Lazuli, the gorgeous blue gem.
  • Oxblood – oxblood is a rich red color that is just as brown as it is red. It is very similar to burgundy. But it is just a color. For an even rarer color, look into dragon blood which comes from the resin of certain trees.
  • Tyrian Purple – this color is extremely rare yet it has been used to color fabrics for the rich since before 1000 BC. Tyrian purple is a pigment made from the mucus Murex snails, yep, it comes from slimy snails.
  • Cochineal – you’ve actually probably seen this pigment before because cochineal is actually a color used in cosmetics. But the original cochineal can only be found in bugs. Yep. Bug guts, so t speak, are a pretty color.
  • Vantablack – vantablack is known as the darkest man-made pigment. It absorbs almost 100 percent of visible light, giving it 0-LRV and making it impossible to but since it is made in a lab by scientists.