Grays represent solid strength and longevity, an association stemming
from the color of granite and gravel, stone, slate and rock; of ancient
monuments, pillars, and temples that have withstood the ravages of time
and technology. Tough modern cities are thought of as gray cement and
concrete, silvery-steel, metallic aluminum.
Gray is the color of intellect. It is thoughtful, contemplative, the
gray matter of brain and mind; a striving for truth, knowledge, and wisdom.
Medium grays are resolute, dignified, subtle, conservative: the understated
authority of the man (or woman) in the gray flannel suit. Gray is the
reasonable color of compromise, when extremes of black and white are tempered
to "shades of gray."
For many, gray inevitably reminds us of days when we were imprisoned
indoors standing with our noses pressed against wet window panes, looking
out at leaden skies waiting for the gray day to disappear. Those early
gray childhood memories survive in our psyches to influence our attitudes
forever. As a result, very few people choose gray as a favorite shade.
Portions reproduced from "COLORS
FOR YOUR EVERY MOOD" with the permission of Leatrice Eiseman.