You can achieve the desired result by using setOptions again like this:

  plotOptions: {
    line: {
        //color: Highcharts.getOptions().colors[0] - by default
    spline: {
        color: Highcharts.getOptions().colors[1]
    column: {
        color: Highcharts.getOptions().colors[2]
    pie: {
        color: Highcharts.getOptions().colors[3]

plotOptions.{your series type} describes default options for every series of the given type.

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