Grey

Grey is the colour of reliability, plain and boring. But also the hidden person behind the scene. Grey is unobtrusive, elegant and can be combined with any other colour.

At night all cats are greyAt night all cats are grey | photo: ryanne lai (cc-by-nc)

Grey - that is the entire palette between white and black - is the classic achromatic colour. It´s noble, unobtrusive and sophisticated, but slightly expressionless.

The impression of grey is generated while there is not enough light to view colours. There is a saying, that at night all cats appear grey, referring to this effect.

The grey eminence is the invisible person behind the scenes, secretly controlling what´s going on. Grey is also the colour of seriousness, respectability and timeliness. But also for boredom, that´s why in fashion we combine grey with other colours. Fortunately, grey is open for almost all colour combinations we can think of.
In heraldry, grey is a substitute for silver, since one cannot print real silver on a flag for example.

Overview: Grey

  • Grey is an achromatic colour
  • Grey is the most neutral colour
  • The grey eminence is the figure behind the scene
  • Grey is unobtrusive
  • The colour represents punctuality and respectability
  • Grey is the colour of age and wisdom
  • Grey can be combined with every other colour
  • Grey often refers to less valuable things, for black clothing as well as white turns grey if laundered too often
  • In Heraldry, grey colour stands for silver

Colourful World

GreyGrey
Grey is the colour of reliability, plain and boring. But also the hidden person behind the scene. Grey is unobtrusive, elegant and can be combined with any other colour.
WhiteWhite
White is proper, innocent and clean. The white dress stands for innocence and virginity, the white suit for extravagance. White is achromatic, but a mix of all colours in the additive colour scheme.
BlackBlack
Black is the colour of the hidden, the unknown, death and sorrow. But it is also powerful and solid, a colour to trust and rely on.
RedRed
I dare to say that red is the most important colour in the history of mankind. Red is so deeply ingrained in our daily perception, I cannot imagine a world without the colour.
PurplePurple
Purple has been the most sought-after colour of the ancient times, but the details are still foggy.
BrownBrown
Brown is the colour of trustworthiness, like the fertile soil. It is also simple and uncomplicated. Warm and aromatic, like coffee or fresh brown bread. But also simplicity (negative) and dirty.
PinkPink
The colour rose is female, sensitive, tender and charming. But also young, soft and sometimes naive. On the other hand, there is pink, which is also female, but more aggressive, untamed and independent.