Gray

September 28, 2009 | 10 Comments |

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see gray?
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Gray is neutral. It is the equal balance of all hues. Connotations of equilibrium, balance, harmony follow. It can be seen as a stabilizing force involved and accommodating of all perspectives or removed and accepting of none. Gray is inert, stable, and quiet. It is perceived as cerebral and conservative. Gray is associated with old age, experience, wisdom, authority, temperance, dignity, and endurance. Restrained, even inconspicuous, it is considered a color of compromise and sometimes skepticism and indecision. It can be associated with a lack of clarity, foggy, or mystery, misty. Taken to an extreme, it can be seen as a fading away, enervating, withering dematerializing, or dissolution.

Classic Images

gray hair
clouds
fog
smoke
ashes
metals

Expressions

gray matter
gray hair
gray water

Words

aluminum, ash, charcoal, cove, gunmetal,  lead, iron, metal, mousy, nickle, oyster, pearl, powder, Payne’s, silver, tin, slate

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  • trace

    Soft

  • dianewalsh

    Sophistication, class, style, order, management

  • jahartford

    barren, nothing, neither one or another, in-between, blah, make a decision what you’re going to be already!

  • I’m neutral on gray…
    it lacks energy, and so does my response

  • Mr. Muskrat

    dirty
    gray card
    dust

  • boring
    uncommitted/withholding something
    18%
    but on occasions subtle too

  • Julia

    guggenheim in bilbao, stainless steel, cool stone, aluminum, flat gray vs. deep silver, the witch at the door who turns into something beautiful if you treat her right, monk’s robes

  • neutral, somber, sad, dusk, ambivalent, incomplete

  • RJZ

    Overcast sky, misty, gloomy, in-between black and white, gray card

  • military
    metal
    rain
    shadow
    neutral

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