Lilac (color)


Lilac is a color that is a pale violet tone representing the average color of most lilac flowers. It can also be described as dark mauve or light blue. The colors of some lilac flowers may be equivalent to the colors shown below as pale lilac, rich lilac, or deep lilac. However, there are other lilac flowers that are colored red-violet.

About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#C8A2C8
sRGBB (r, g, b)(200, 162, 200)
HSV (h, s, v)(300°, 19%, 78%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(71, 32, 308°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorLight purple
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The first recorded use of lilac as an English color name was in 1775.[2]

The color "lilac" has an epononymous book published in 2018 by Coloratura Publisher.[3]


Pale lilacEdit

Lilac (ISCC-NBS)
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#DCD0FF
sRGBB (r, g, b)(220, 208, 255)
HSV (h, s, v)(255°, 18%, 100%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(86, 37, 276°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorVery light violet
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Pale lilac is the color represented as lilac in the ISCC-NBS color list. The source of this color is sample 209 in the ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955).[4]

Pale lilac colored flowers of Tetradenia riparia

Bright lilacEdit

Lilac (Crayola)
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#D891EF
sRGBB (r, g, b)(216, 145, 239)
HSV (h, s, v)(285°, 39%, 94%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(70, 72, 296°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorBrilliant purple
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The color bright lilac (displayed on the right) is the color labeled lilac by Crayola in 1994 as one of the colors in its Magic Scent specialty box of colors.

Bright lilac flower

Rich lilacEdit

Lilac (
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#B666D2
sRGBB (r, g, b)(182, 102, 210)
HSV (h, s, v)(284°, 51%, 82%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(56, 80, 294°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorVivid purple
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Rich lilac, a rich tone of lilac labeled lilac at (a popular French color list), is shown at right. Another name for this color is bright French lilac.

French lilacEdit

French Lilac
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#86608E
sRGBB (r, g, b)(134, 96, 142)
HSV (h, s, v)(290°, 32%, 56%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(46, 36, 300°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorModerate purple
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The color French lilac is displayed at right. This color was formulated for use in interior design, where a medium dark violet color is desired. The first recorded use of French lilac as a color name in the English language was in 1814.[5]

In natureEdit

The lilac-breasted roller is a member of the roller family of birds. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula.

In cultureEdit

Lilac was a color associated with the final stages of mourning in English and European cultures.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #C8A2C8 (Lilac):
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York: 1930 McGraw-Hill Page 197
  3. ^ de Caminha, Rafaela (2018). The Book of Colors: Lilac. Pelotas: Editora Coloratura.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-08-22. Retrieved 2011-09-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 195; Color Sample of French Lilac: Page 111 Plate 44 Color Sample H7
  6. ^ Petch, Alison. "English Funeral and mourning clothing". Retrieved 2017-04-13.

External linksEdit

  •   The dictionary definition of lilac at Wiktionary