What Color Is Fuchsia?

Playful fuchsia is a fun color that can be overwhelming in large doses

Fuschia / Magenta shades
Shades of Fuchsia / Magenta. Bottom: Background left & text: fuchsia; background right: deep fuchsia; dots (left): hot pink | deep pink; dots (right): dark magenta | neon | fashion | antique fuchsia. © Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com. | Cool, Calming Colors | Warm, Exciting Colors | Mixed Cool/Warm Colors | Unifying Neutral Colors

Designers familiar with four-color process printing or desktop printer users who frequently have to refill ink cartridges, will recognize fuchsia as the M in CMYK or the pinkish ink cartridge that is sometimes referred to as the red ink — magenta, a pinkish-red color. - Jacci Howard Bear's Desktop Publishing Colors and Color Meanings

On the purple side of pink, fuchsia is another name for magenta, the pinkish-red ink used in CMYK color printing.

Named for the pink-purple flower of the fuchsia plant, it is sometimes described as hot pink, reddish-purple, vivid pink and light purple. Antique fuchsia is a lavender-leaning shade of fuchsia.

Fuchsia is a mixed warm/cool color. Although fuchsia, like pink, is often considered a feminine color, it's not soft or genteel. It's a playful color that can be sophisticated when paired with cool, dark colors. Too much fuchsia can be overwhelming.

Using Fuchsia Color in Design Files

When you plan a design project that will end up at a commercial printing company, use CMYK formulations for fuchsia in your page layout software or select a Pantone spot color. For display on a computer monitor, use RGB values. You use Hex designations when working with HTML, CSS and SVG. 

Some of the faces of fuchsia and magenta:

  • Fuchsia: Hex #ff00ff | RGB 255,0,255 | CMYK 0,100,0,0
  • Hot Pink: Hex #ff69b4 | RGB 255,105,180 | CMYK 0,59,29,0
  • Deep Pink: Hex #ff1493 | RGB 255,20,147 | CMYK 0,92,42,0
  • Dark Magenta: Hex #8b008b | RGB 139,0,139 | CMYK 0,100,0,45
  • Neon Fuchsia: Hex #fw59c2 | RGB 254,89,194 | CMYK 0,65,24,0
  • Fashion Fuchsia: Hex #f400a1 | RGB 244,0,161 | CMYK 0,100,34,4
  • Deep Fuchsia: Hex #c154c1 | RGB 193,84,193 | CMYK 0,56,0,24
  • Antique Fuchsia: Hex #915c83 | RGB 145,92,131 | 0,37,10,43

    Choosing Pantone Colors Closest to Fuchsia

    When working with printed pieces, sometimes a solid color fuchsia, rather than a CMYK mix, is a more economical choice. The Pantone Matching System is the most widely recognized spot color system. Here are the Pantone colors suggested as best matches to fuchsia colors.

    • Fuchsia: Pantone Solid Coated 807 C
    • Hot Pink: Pantone Solid Coated 218 C
    • Deep Pink: Pantone Solid Coated 2039 C 
    • Dark Magenta: Pantone Solid Coated 2070 C 
    • Neon Fuchsia: Pantone Solid Coated 238 C
    • Fashion Fuchsia: Pantone Solid Coated Rhodamine Red C
    • Deep Fuchsia: Pantone Solid Coated 2068 C
    • Antique Fuchsia: Pantone Solid Coated 2055 C 

    Note: Because the eye can see more colors on a display than can be mixed with CMYK inks, some shades do not reproduce exactly in print.