"Gray is a perfect neutral, and designers often use it as a background color." ~ Kate Smith
Color Psychology: Gray
Understanding how color affects our world.
- by Kate Smith
The color gray represents knowledge. It is a classic and dignified color, suggesting authority. Somewhere between the colors black and white, gray is considered the color of compromise. It’s a perfect neutral, and designers often use gray as a background color.
The color gray affects us physically by:
- Creating expectations
- Raising anxiety
Gray in the Garden
Gray is a unique color in the garden. The Jerusalem Sage has sweet-smelling gray leaves with yellow flowers during the summertime. The Saliva Leucantha Silver Edge has beautiful gray flowers.
Unique Facts About Gray
- The New York Times is sometimes called the “Gray Lady.”
- The color gray is representative of pessimism.
- The human eye can distinguish about 500 shades of gray.
- Driving a gray vehicle suggests elegant taste and a flair for futuristic looks.
The color gray is associated with a number of religious, political and athletic customs and organizations.
- Gray is the color for Lent in Christianity. It also represents mourning and repentance.
- The Confederate Army wore gray uniforms during the American Civil War.
- The "Gray Cup" refers to the Canadian Football League championship game and also to the trophy given to the winning team.
Popular phrases and quotes that include gray are:
- Gray market: the business of buying or selling items that are priced below the regulated price
- Gray mood: an unhappy mood
- Gray area: caught between two differing views
- “If I see everything in gray, and in gray all the colors which I experienced 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
Songs with gray in the title:
- “Grey Ghost” by the Henry Paul Band
- “Grey Street” by Dave Matthews Band
- “Touch of Grey” by Grateful Dead
- “Blue, Red, and Gray” by the Who
- “Girls Not Grey” by AFI