Is there any rationale behind the choices for pool balls?

Every “solid” (balls 1-7) have a different color, and every “stripe” (balls 9-15) uses the same color as the corresponding “solid” (e.g., the 1-ball and 9-ball are both yellow). If you add 8 to a solid number, you get the corresponding stripe number of the same color.

If you arrange the balls in an 8-ball rack in a methodical way in color groupings, all sorts of numerical consistencies also arise. For more info, see: “Ball Colors and Numbers” (BD, May, 2017).

from Patrick Johnson:

pool ball colors

Three primary colors:
1 & 9 = Yellow (primary)
2 & 10 = Blue (primary)
3 & 11 = Red (primary)

Three secondary colors:
4 & 12 = Purple (blue+red)
5 & 13 = Orange (red+yellow)
6 & 14 = Green (yellow+blue)

One tertiary color:
7 & 15 = Maroon (purple+red)

Two all-or-nothing colors:
8 = Black
Cue = White

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