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With a touch of gray…
"Early Summer", An Gyeon
"She could change everything about her
Using colors bold and bright
But all the colors mix together
To grey
And it breaks her heart"
Dave Matthews Band, "Grey Street"

Gray or "grey" is the one commonly-recognized color that is most desaturated — in its plainest form, it doesn't go anywhere on a color wheel. It stands in the middle. Gray can thus personify boredom, depression or emotional numbness. However, gray is also associated with fairness and neutrality, never giving you too much or too little. In moral symbolism, gray also represents moral complexity, where nothing is quite clearly good or bad, or a middle point to bizzare forms of morality, but shades of both. Gray can also be a beautiful color in its own right, especially celebrated as the color of silver and the hue of mist.

Technically, black and white are both shades of gray, but they are more commonly considered colors in their own right. The colors most commonly associated as gray (for example, silver) include most of the shades lighter than black and darker than white. Gray can also be a middle point between complementary colors such as red and green, orange and blue, and yellow and violet/purple; mixing with these combinations of equal amount can lead to chromatic grays in contrast to mixing black and white.

See also Shades of Conflict.



Alternative Title(s): Grey Tropes