The psychology of Grey….

No one can argue that color doesn’t have meaning. Color is more than accent piece, wall coating, or throw pillow; it has a profound effect on our lives. Color can bring about a variety of emotions, affect our moods, and influence our behaviors.

Color has different meanings and values in different cultures around the world. Even in similar Western Societies, the significance of certain colors changes. In the United States, researchers have determined that there is a consensus across the country on what effect individual colors have on the emotions, moods, and behaviors of individuals.

We covered the color Blue in the last color psychology post. This week the color is Grey:

Grey represents intellect, knowledge, and wisdom. It is generally perceived as strong and sophisticated.

Grey is seen as long-lasting, classic, as well as sleek and refined. It is a dignified, conservative, authoritative color.

Pure grey is the only color that has no direct psychological properties.

Gray is considered a color of compromise, perhaps because it sits between the extremes of black and white.

Because of its tradition of compromise, Gray is a perfect neutral.

Designers often use it as a background color; however, heavy use of grey usually indicates a lack of confidence.

Since grey is a virtual absence of color, it can be depressing in certain shades.

Unless the precise tone is right, grey has a dampening effect on other colors used with it.

With a color like Grey, it is extremely important to pick the correct tone and shade. No one wants a depressing, damp feeling space and the wrong shade or tone of tone can create exactly that. Play with greys before committing, after all there are more shades of grey than you could probably ever imagine. Grey can be super sleek and modern and is one of my favorite colors when used correctly.

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14 thoughts on “The psychology of Grey….

  1. I love that bed frame in the 4th picture.

    It really is the colour of comprimise. Back when I was in high school, I wanted to paint my bedroom black. My parents wouldn’t let me, so we comprimised with grey. It was depressing, but fitting for an angsty teenager.

  2. Thanks Lisa and Danielle for your comments. Lisa, the next post in this series will be next week. I just need to decide what color to research.

  3. GREAT explanation of the use of grey, which is the rage, and sometimes used too heavily in a room (we don’t all have the privilege of living in castles).

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  6. I love using the colour grey to accent other colours. It can be a less stark contrast than using black or white. But, you are right. Using the right shade is key to making grey work.

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  8. “Unless the precise tone is right, grey has a dampening effect on other colors used with it.”

    Could you elaborate on this?
    I am considering painting my bedroom grey with jewel tone decor.

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