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24 May 2018
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The gray color

The gray color

Gray is controlled and inconspicuous and is considered a color of compromise, perhaps because it sits between the extremes of black and white. Gray is a perfect neutral, which is why designers often use it as a background color.

Meaning of the color gray

In the meaning of colors, gray is conservative, boring, drab and depressing on the one hand and elegant and formal on the other, yet never glamorous.

Gray conforms – it is conventional, dependable and practical. It is a color of maturity and responsibility, associated with the gray hair of old age. It will never be the centre of attention, the dynamic leader or the director – it is too safe and toned down.

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It can stifle and depress energy but it is also the stable base from which the new and positive can come.

Gray is the color of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom. It is perceived as long-lasting, classic, and often as sleek or refined. It is a color that is dignified, conservative, and carries authority.

Positive effects of gray

Gray is conventional, reliable and practical. It is a mature and responsible color, often associated with the gray hair and old age. It will never be in the center of attention, the dynamic leader or the director – it’s too safe and dimmed for that. Gray can strangle and suppress energy, but it also provides a stable base, that can contribute with new and positive energy.

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Gray is controlled. It has a steadying effect on other colors with which it comes into contact, toning down the stronger and brighter colors and illuminating the softer colors. Rarely is gray a perfect mix of black and white – it often has elements of other colors such as blue, green, pink, mauve or yellow within it which lift it and energize it.

Negative effects of gray color

Too much of the color gray creates sadness and depression and a tendency to loneliness and isolation. Add some color to change this.
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Most people are indifferent to gray- it relates to the corporate worker in the gray suit – conservative, reliable, formal and independent and maybe boring.

Gray lovers

If this is your favorite color, you are neutral about life, often to the point of being indifferent.

If you love gray, you are trying to protect yourself from the chaotic outside world, even to the point of isolating yourself from others, leaving you with the feeling that you don’t really fit in or belong anywhere.

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As a personality color gray, it is important for you to maintain the status quo – you prefer a safe, secure and balanced existence and never desire much excitement. You will usually compromise in order to keep the balance and stability you so desperately seek.

You are practical and calm, do not like to attract attention and are simply seeking a contented life.

With gray as your favorite color, you are the middle of the road type, cool, conserved, composed and reliable. You tend to conform just to keep the peace.

Positive and negative keywords of gray

Positive keywords include: reliable, conservative, dignified, neutral, impartial, professional, mature, intelligent, classic, solid, stable, calming, sudued, reserved, elegant, formal and dependable.

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Negative keywords include: indecisive, non-emotional, indifferent, boring, sad, depressed, lifeless, lonely, isolated

Quotes about gray

  • Better gray than garishness.” — Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
  • “If I see everything in gray, and in gray all the colors which I experience and which I would like to reproduce, then why should I use any other color? I’ve tried doing so, for it was never my intention to paint only with gray. But in the course of my work I have eliminated one color after another, and what has remained is gray, gray, gray!” — Alberto Giacomettii
  • “The man who can see all gray, and red, and purples in a peach, will paint the peach rightly round, and rightly altogether. But the man who has only studied its roundness may not see its purples and grays, and if he does not will never get it to look like a peach; so that great power over color is always a sign of large general art-intellect.”
  • “The fundamental gray which differentiates the masters, expresses them and is the soul of all colour.” — Odilon Redon
  • Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts. Kobe Bryant

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  • Life isn’t black and white. It’s a million gray areas, don’t you find? Ridley Scott
  • The tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will prevail. Christian Dior
  • My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder. William Golding
  • Gray hats are the ones who think they’re doing good, but they’re not. You learn that when the FBI shows up on your doorstep. Sean Parker
  • On the king’s gate the moss grew gray; The king came not. They call’d him dead; And made his eldest son, one day, Slave in his father’s stead. Helen Hunt Jackson

The spelling

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If you’re in the United States, the most commonly accepted way to spell the term is with an a—”gray.” If you’re in the United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia, the term should be spelled with an e—”grey.” It’s worth noting that “grey” was more popular during the early 1700s in all English dialects, but by 1825, American English had primarily switched to “gray.” As time passed, both versions became widely known, but the preference between British and American English still remains. Both spellings primarily refer to the exact same neutral hue that exists between black and white on the color spectrum. Similarly, both spellings can also be used to refer to something that is dull or gloomy.

In rare cases, certain terms or phrases that use the original term must stick to either the a or e spelling.

  • This is especially true of last names. If someone’s surname is “Gray,” you shouldn’t change it to “Grey,” and vice versa.
  • The tea Earl Grey should always be spelled with an e since its name comes from Charles Grey, the British prime minister between 1830 and 1834.[4]
  • While not a proper noun, “greyhound” should always be spelled with an e. Conversely, “grayling” should always be spelled with an a.

Facts about gray

  • The New York Times is sometimes called “Gray Lady.”
  • Gray represents non-involvement, giving it a formal authority.
  • Gray is associated with intellect and the brain is composed of “gray matter.”
  • Gray is representative of pessimism.
  • The human eye can distinguish about 500 shades of gray.
  • The Confederate Army wore gray uniforms during the Civil War.
  • Gray is the color for Lent in Christianity.
  • Gray is representative of mourning and repentance in Christianity.

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  • The “Grey Cup” refers to the Canadian Football League championship game and also to the trophy given to the winning team.
  • The Grey Wolf is known as the Timber Wolf in North America and the White Wolf in the Arctic, or more generally as the Common Wolf.
  • Gray whales (eastern North Pacific population) undertake one of the longest annual migrations of any mammal, traveling some 9,300-12,500 miles (15,000-20,000 km) round trip.
  • Silver-colored cars are least likely to be involved in an auto accident, since they are most visible on the road and in low light. This, coupled with lower insurance rates and the silver color’s ability to maintain a look of cleanliness, manifests itself as a sure win.

Objects in shades of gray

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Light gray

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Ash gray

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Spanish gray

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Silver gray

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Gunmetal gray

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Charcoal gray

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Slate gray

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Blue gray

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Gray green



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