Gray

Gray
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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10 Comments

  • trace

    28.09.2009 at 07:30 Reply

    Soft

  • dianewalsh

    28.09.2009 at 08:21 Reply

    Sophistication, class, style, order, management

  • jahartford

    28.09.2009 at 09:08 Reply

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

  • Kathy Beal

    28.09.2009 at 10:17 Reply

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

  • Mr. Muskrat

    28.09.2009 at 10:48 Reply

    dirty
    gray card
    dust

  • olaf

    28.09.2009 at 11:12 Reply

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

  • Julia

    28.09.2009 at 12:12 Reply

    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

  • bamyva

    28.09.2009 at 23:01 Reply

    neutral, somber, sad, dusk, ambivalent, incomplete

  • RJZ

    29.09.2009 at 12:00 Reply

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

  • Margie Willensky

    29.09.2009 at 21:42 Reply

    military
    metal
    rain
    shadow
    neutral

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