Software & Apps Design What Color Is Lilac? It's a feminine color with a bit of nostalgia Share Pin Email Print Design Graphic Design Photoshop Animation & Video 3D Design By Jacci Howard Bear Writer A graphic designer, writer, and artist who writes about and teaches print and web design. our editorial process Jacci Howard Bear Updated January 02, 2020 Lilac is similar to lavender, pink, and violet. Lilac flowers display in many colors, but the color called lilac is usually in the violet shades, though a bit duskier than lavender. A feminine, maternal color that often appears around springtime and Easter, lilac is both cool and warm with a mix of blue and red. Lilac carries the purple symbolism associated with the lighter shades of purple. Like lavender, it can be nostalgic. It goes well with black and dark green. For a lovely lilac mix, combine shades of lilac with greens, plums, and mauve. A. Martin/Getty Images Use Lilac Color in Design Files When you plan a print design project, use CMYK formulations for lilac in your page layout software or select a Pantone spot color. For display on a computer monitor, use RGB values. Use Hex designations when working with HTML, CSS, and SVG. Among the available lilac shades are: Hex # RGB CMYK Lilac c8a2c8 200,162,200 20,39,2,0 Medium Lilac c17ecd 193,126,205 27,57,0,0 Rich Lilac b666d2 182,102,210 38,67,0,0 Deep Lilac 9955bb 153,85,187 49,77,0,0 Bright Lilac 9962bf 153,98,191 47,71,0,0 French Lilac 86608e 134,96,142 53,70,20,2 Choose Pantone Colors Closest to Lilac When working with printed pieces, sometimes a solid color lilac, rather than a CMYK mix, is a more economical choice. The Pantone Matching System is the most widely recognized spot color system and is popular with most commercial printing companies. Here are the Pantone colors suggested as best matches to lilac colors for print purposes: Color Pantone Solid Coated Lilac 7437 C Medium Lilac 2572 C Rich Lilac 2582 U Deep Lilac 7441 C Bright Lilac 2074 C French Lilac 7661 C Because the eye can see more colors on a display than can be mixed with inks, some colors you see on the screen don't reproduce reliably in print. What Color Is Fuchsia? Symbolism and Usage in Design What Is the Color Vermilion, and What Is Its Meaning? What Is the Symbolism of the Color Indigo? Using Easter Colors in Spring Designs Using Blood Red in Page Layout Files How You Can Use the Color Azure in Your Design Project? The Color Chartreuse Can't Decide If It's Yellow or Green How to Use Crimson in Print and Web Design What Color Is Cerulean and How Is It Made? How to Use Cobalt in Publishing and Design Is Plum a Perfect Color for Romance? Using Violet in Design: A Color of Spirituality and Luxury A Quick Guide to the Color Purple and Its Use in Publishing Designer's Guide to the Color Lavender Here Is an Overview of the Shades and the Meanings of the Color Beige How Can You Use Scarlet in Design?