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What colors do you mix together to make the color eggplant?

Updated November 21, 2016

The colour of an eggplant is aubergine, which is dark reddish-purple. The word is pronounced "o-ber-zheen." In some countries, eggplants are called aubergines. Eggplant or aubergine has become a popular interior house colour, as it is considered opulent and sophisticated. It can take the place of black or brown.

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The Mixture

To create the colour purple, which is a secondary colour, you must mix two primary colours, red and blue, together. Because aubergine is slightly redder than true purple, you should add more red than blue.


Aubergine is darker than standard purple, so adding a little black will deepen the colour. When you add black to a colour, this is considered the "shade." When you add white, it is considered the "tint," and when you add grey it is the "tone." The value of a colour includes shade, tint and tone.

Purple Shades

Eggplant, or aubergine, is a shade of violet, which is in the purple family. The colour violet is the farthest from red on the colour spectrum. Violet is the result of putting equal parts of red and blue together, which results in a bluish-purple colour.


Purple is an opulent colour and is traditionally the colour of royalty. Purple shades include the blue-purples you see at sunset to the deep reddish-purple of eggplant or aubergine. When purple is saturated, it is a dark, dense colour that works well in a den or a bedroom. Lavender is purple that has been tinted with white. Eggplant is a good colour for a meditation room or a place where healing occurs.

The Look

When using eggplant or aubergine on the walls in your house, it creates a deep space, notes House Beautiful. Eggplant is rich and unreserved. You can couple this colour with grey-greens, citrons --- fruity green --- or white. Eggplant is considered an earthy shade that is sophisticated and has depth.

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About the Author

Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.

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