What is the Color Category?
WHITE – because of its Value of 9.34 and Chroma of 0.32. It’s Value is on the upper end of the Value Pole very close to a true neutral white. Combine that with a low Chroma of 0.32 and you have a bright, clean color of white with no discernible hue bias. Extra White’s hue family helps with it being perceived as “just white” because low Chroma, near neutral colors from the green-yellow hue family region show up looking the most neutral compared to the other hue families. Technically it has to do with how the human eye senses a color’s luminance.
Its low Chroma also means it will work with many other colors of white and off-white. The rule of thumb is you want a difference of 0.20 (ish) so one color doesn’t make the other look dirty or dingy. This rule of thumb only applies when combining colors of white. It’s not as complicated when pairing white/off-white with darker, more colorful colors because you don’t have to worry about the dingy or dirty factor.
How do we know all these things? Because we have hue, value, chroma and LRV color notations that describe what colors look like. So, we can easily sort and categorize paint colors:
Get Hue, Value, Chroma and LRV for Paint Colors
Extra White SW 7006 Hue Family
In context of its Hue Family neighborhood, 2 Y on The Color Strategist Color Wheel. The pink arrows point to where it fits in among the other colors according to its Value 9.34 rounded to 9.38 and Chroma of 0.32 rounded to 0.25.