Moderate White 6140 by Sherwin-Williams

Moderate White SW6140 by Sherwin Williams

What is the Color Category?

This is a good example of just because a paint color has “white” in its name, that doesn’t mean it is a color of white. In this case, Moderate White is too dark and has way too much colorfulness to fit in any category of white – its Value is 8.71 and Chroma is 1.32.

This is definitely a color. When you sample in your space, you want to look for moments of peachiness or pink. And that’s because of where it “lives” on the color wheel; it’s over very near the Yellow-Red hue family and that explains why you could see OVERTONES of peachy or pink. Because it’s literally OVER near the Yellow-Red (orange) hue family.

If you’re considering Moderate White for an exterior, I’d be less concerned about it flashing peachy or pink because outside there’s plenty of natural light. But the only way to know for sure is to put up a sample.

I recommend Samplize Peel & Stick samples for testing. 

How do we know what category it fits into? 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:

Value 9.12 to 10.00
Chroma less than 0.55
Value 9.12 to 10.00
Chroma 0.55 to 1.15
Light Near Neutrals
Value 8.12 up to 9.12
Chroma 0.1 to 1.00
Near Neutrals
Value 0.1 up to 8.12
Chroma 0.1 to 1.00
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Moderate White SW 6140 Hue Family

In context of its Hue Family neighborhood, 1 Y, on The Color Strategist Color Wheel. The pink arrows point to where it fits in among the other colors according to its Value 8.71 rounded to 8.75 and Chroma of 1.32 rounded to 1.25.

Hue Family Moderate White SW 6140


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