Are Hot Pink & Fuchsia Almost the Same Color?

Updated February 21, 2017

Hot pink and fuchsia are both vibrant, forceful colours that are almost the same and very close to each other on the colour wheel -- the circular diagram that shows the relationships among colours. Because the colours are so similar, they have many characteristics, such as complements, in common.

Colour Composition of Hot Pink and Fuchsia

Hot pink and fuchsia look virtually the same to the human eye because they have two colours in common -- red and purple. Hot pink is a combination of red and a little purple, white and yellow. Fuchsia, on the other hand, is a combination of just red and purple. The addition of white and yellow to the red and purple in hot pink makes it a slightly less brilliant, less saturated colour than fuchsia -- in short, it's a little pinker.


Since hot pink and fuchsia are so similar, they have roughly the same complements. A complement is the colour opposite the colour you are considering on the colour wheel. Complements are sure to look good together. The complement of a colour will contain a combination of the two primary colours that are weakest in the colour you are considering. The complements of hot pink and fuchsia are greens in the lime-green range; these greens contain a little blue and a lot of yellow, which makes sense because the primary colour most prominent in hot pink and fuchsia is red.


Triads are colours that are equidistant from each other on the colour wheel. The triad for hot pink and fuchsia is hot pink or fuchsia, bright lime green and bright lemon yellow. Knowing complements and triads helps you design rooms, outfits and paintings with pleasing colour combinations. Always use one colour in the complement or triad as the main colour, with the other colour or colours as accents. For triads, a good rule of thumb is to use 60 per cent of the main colour, 30 per cent of the secondary colour and 10 per cent of the accent colour.

Hot Pink and Fuchsia in Feng Shui

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese science of directing and balancing the flow of energy in an environment. One of the elements feng shui uses is colour. Pinks in feng shui are yin (female) -- colours of love. The red in hot pink and fuchsia is the feng shui colour of good fortune, luck, money, joy and protection. It it said to create confidence in the person who uses it and attracts the respect of other people. Purple is another yin colour. It is said to increase spiritual awareness and promote mental and physical healing.

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Tanya Lee is a professional writer with more than 30 years experience. She has published extensively in the field of education and as a journalist, the latter in such publications as "High Country News" and "News from Indian Country." Lee holds a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.