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CONTEXT, CONTEXT, CONTEXT!

Here’s Agreeable Gray 7029 by Sherwin-Williams in context of its Hue Family neighborhood, 2 Y, on The Color Strategist Color Wheel. The pink arrows point to where Agreeable Gray 7029 fits in among the other colors according to its Value 8.00 and Chroma of 0.74 rounded to 0.75.

Hue Family Agreeable Gray 7029

NOTES:

Agreeable Gray belongs to the yellow hue family over near the yellow-red hue family.

You can see where it plots out on The Color Strategist Color Wheel above.

In a balanced quality of light, Agreeable Gray looks like a mid-tone, warm, near neutral gray.

However, in certain qualities of light it can shift and look purplish.

Near neutrals from Agreeable Gray’s hue family neighborhood are notorious for shifting purple in unbalanced qualities of light. See infographic below.

 

Gray Can Shift Purple Neighborhood small

 

Which is why you will find some opinions about Agreeable Gray that insist it’s “just a warm neutral gray” with no hint of any other color.

While others will talk about an edge of purpleness that is quite noticeable in their space.

If it does shift and look purple in your space, then you know you need to try near neutral grays from a different hue family neighborhood. Specifically, I’d start with a color from a hue family that is outside that big purple parenthesis you see up there in the infographic.

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2 thoughts on “Agreeable Gray 7029 by Sherwin-Williams”

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    in easyrgb.com, converting Agreeable Gray to CIE LCh yields the following
    CIE-L*Ch(ab) = 82.534 5.537 91.128°. Based on your video Finding Hue Family where you showed using convert function, I interpreted this as Hue 91 degrees. However, this article seems to state that it is 80 degrees.Where am I going wrong?

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    The outside degrees of the Color Strategist Color Wheel (CSCW) is the LCh color space.

    The inside hue family spokes is the Munsell Color space.

    Two different color spaces.

    The Munsell color order system/atlas was the template for CIELAB and LCh which is why we can combine both in to one color wheel and use the Munsell hue families to lend context to the otherwise abstract hue angle number.

    What you see in this Colorography is Agreeable Gray’s Munsell hue family plotted on the CSCW which aligns with 80 degrees LCh.

    The LCh hue angle that you looked up on easyrgb is the result of measuring the color.

    There are reasons the two do not align exactly. That’s part of what I teach in Camp Chroma.

    The fact that they don’t align is actually a good thing, kind of handy. Because it’s representative of the fact that people don’t see color exactly the same way. It’s like having two friends who are really good with color and asking them what hue family they think Agreeable Gray belongs to. One might say 80 degrees, while the other one might be like, “nah, I think it’s closer to 91 degrees”.

    Bottom line is the difference is only 11 degrees and both values put Agreeable Gray in the same yellow hue family neighborhood.

    I have Camp Chroma students who fully understand how to toggle between Munsell hue family and LCh hue angles who choose to work exclusively with hue angles and never convert values to a Munsell notation.

    I personally prefer the Munsell notation color perspective.

    What’s important is that you choose a lane and stay in it. Either Munsell notation or LCh hue angle. Choose a lane and use that method consistently to compare colors because consistency and repeatability are the cornerstones of what makes color data values and notations useful and informative.

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