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52 Types of White Color

 , September 05, 2018 updated on December 02, 2019
White is the color that is perceived by the eye when confronted with all visible wavelengths of light. The composition of white light are the colors of the rainbow that include red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. White light can also be created with the primary colors red, green and blue. Materials that scatter light in every direction appear as white. Sunlight is white when viewed from space and white colors are pervasive in nature including snow, sand and clouds. White is associated with purity as white things easily show stains. As such, wearing white is a type of countersignaling that shows you aren't dirty. White is also historically associated with goodness, cleanliness, newness and neutrality. It is a pervasive color in modern minimalist architecture due to its neutrality and perceived simplicity. The following are common variations of white and whitish colors.
Abbey White
Abstract White
Acoustic White
Aircraft White
Atrium White
Bright White
Brilliant White
Broken White
Cake Batter
Cardboard White
Cascading White
Cloud White
Coconut Butter
Coconut White
Commercial White
Cotton Ball
Delicate White
Feather White
Foundation White
Ghost White
Glamour White
Grim White
Indigo White
Insignia White
Latte Froth
Moon White
Night White
Off White
Pacific Pearl
Painter's White
Paper White
Pearl White
Photon White
Polar Bear
Refined Mint
Shadow White
Swan White
White Chalk
White Heat
White Porcelain
White Smoke
White Whale
Whitecap Foam
Whitest White

Why White is a Color

It is sometimes argued that white isn't a color because it doesn't correspond to a specific wavelength of light. This is a flawed argument because almost all colors that exist in nature include more than one wavelength of light. For example, there are hundreds of unique hues that people identify as red but most of these colors aren't pure wavelengths of red light. Likewise, colors such as brown don't have a wavelength of their own but are composites of primary colors. Human color perception is more than a simple detection system for wavelengths of light as wavelengths are blended in different ways by the brain to produce color. As such, white is considered a color according to common definitions. In optics, it is considered a non-spectral color.
Overview: White Color
Non-spectral Color
Example CompositionRed + Green + Blue in equal parts
Primary ColorNo
Positive AssociationsPurity
Negative AssociationsAssociated with aging i.e. white hair.
Historically associated with funerals, mourning and ghosts.
Complementary ColorBlack
Color TemperatureNeutral
Special UsesOften used as a background for text in both digital and physical formats such as a book.
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White Color

This is the complete list of articles we have written about white color.
Bright White
Cloud Color
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Ghost White
Near White
Pearl Color
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