The Fuchsia flower influences the inspiration for this lovely color. Magenta is a beautiful diversely defined purplish-red that is artificially created. On a computer monitor, if you mix blue and red equally it produces the color of magenta. The range of the color itself varies widely. If you were to look for it on a color wheel, you would find it between the red and blue colors. Magenta goes very well with green. It is quite common to see magenta placed on a green background to display the brisk contrast of the two colors.


The name magenta came about in 1860. Magenta, formally called fuchsine, was renamed in celebration of the Italian-French war that was won at a place called the Battle of Magenta. The battle was fought between the Austrians and the French. The day the battle was fought was on June 4, 1859, near a little town called Magenta located in Lombardy.

Magenta is not a color that you will find in the color visible spectrum. Generating magenta by the light of a single wavelength is not possible. It is considered a secondary color. The mixtures of violet-blue and red with an absence of green is responsible for creating the vibrant color. In the world of the internet, you will find that the colors fuchsia and magenta are the same color and are produced by combining exact percentages of blue and red.

Since the early nineteenth century, the color magenta has been used on the printing press. Images consist of three different colors; magenta, yellow, and cyan. These three colors combined make all colors. You will notice when you change the ink cartridges in your computer printer that these are the colors needed for printing a full range of colors. There is a variation between the French version of the color and the American version of the color. The French are known to use more red than the Americans do in the mixing.

It is believed that magenta portrays a welcome and friendly feeling. It brings about happiness and wards off confrontation. The color also encourages compassion and leaves people with the feeling of wanting to help others. Wearing the color magenta will promote inward intuitiveness and expression. It also supports a sense of relaxation that discourages aggression.