White Dove OC-017 by Benjamin Moore

White-Dove-OC-17 by Benjamin Moore
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White Dove OC-017 Benjamin Moore

What is the Color Category?

OFF-WHITE – But just barely. Because of its Value of 9.22 and Chroma of 0.58. It has a smidge too much Chroma to fit squarely into the White category. This is the color to choose if you don’t want a crisp, clean white but don’t want a cream or ivory either. It’s kind of in between. How do we know? 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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White Dove OC-017 Hue Family

In context of its Hue Family neighborhood, 6 Y, on The Color Strategist Color Wheel. The pink arrows point to where it fits in among the other colors according to its Value 9.22 rounded to 9.25 and Chroma of 0.58 rounded to 0.50.

Hue Family White Dove OC-17

Color Review

White Dove OC-017 belongs to the Yellow Hue Family. If you look where it plots out on The Color Strategist Color Wheel above, you can see that it’s just barely past 6 Y, the middle of the Yellow Hue Family. What this means is in a balanced quality of light (meaning there’s a nice mix of all the wavelengths in the visible spectrum) its appearance could be described as a “warm, creamy white”. This color “lives” more in the middle of the yellow hue family so it’s less likely to show with green-yellow overtones in certain conditions. It also has a little more chroma, a little more colorfulness so it’s going to look creamy compared to a creamy off-white like Simply White, for Example. What determines if White Dove looks dirty or dingy is what it’s next to. Because it does have a Chroma value of 0.58, you have to be aware of context. For example wall color. If the wall color has at least 0.20 more/less in Chroma, then White Dove will look like a clean, crisp creamy white and unlikely to appear dirty/dingy. This is why you’ll find conflicting opinions about White Dove. For some it’s dirty/dingy for others it’s the most beautiful creamy white they’ve ever used. It all depends on how they used it. To test White Dove OC-017 for your cabinets, walls or trim, I recommend Samplize Paint-Peel-and-Stick Color Sample Decals. Because they’re flexible decals, they can bend around corners and conform to details of trim and cabinets giving you an the most accurate preview of color possible.


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