This is the time of year in the Midwest that we enter the Gray Zone. Cloudy skies, rain and melting snow build on the anticipation that spring will arrive soon. It is not quite the end of winter but earth is beginning to come back to life. Daylight is slowly returning as we await the coming of blue skies and green grass.
The color gray creates a feeling of balance, safety and security. Too much gray may be considered boring and dreary if there is no light or other color to support it. Gray is the union of black and white, combining the deep intensity of light and dark, but rarely is gray a perfect blend of half black and half white. The color gray ranges from the shade of low-lights and shadows to the luminescence of a lighter and brighter environment. A darker gray is dramatic but a lighter gray shifts closer to a soft neutral or a metallic shine.
Gray was once considered just a background color. Today gray has developed a new popularity from book titles to kitchen cabinetry, gray is now the neutral color of choice. It is evolving as a color used in home décor, fashion and business. Why is gray so popular? Neutral is the key. In this world of aggression, conflict and congestion, gray brings a sense of inner calm, a place to be neutral, non-combative and centered. The stable energy of gray can generate a feeling and an attitude that allows your mind go to a place of just being without anxiety or confrontation. Being in the middle, avoiding conflict or aggression can create a sense of calm and composure in a chaotic world.
In a home gray walls and cabinets create a backdrop that can transform surroundings into a place of tranquility. Maybe this is the reason so many individuals are choosing gray to paint walls and cabinets in their living spaces. Gray equalizes energy in a living space but it is important to remember that too much gray creates sadness and a feeling of isolation. Adding complementary and contrasting color can bring attention to other elements in the home. A gray background allows other colors to take prominence. Gray is controlled, steady and tones down bright color and it shows off and illuminates soft colors. When more color is incorporated into the décor it changes the neutral balance of gray and this will also change the feeling and energy in a room.
Individuals that prefer to wear gray tend to exhibit neutral feelings about life. Wearing the color gray can help you to appear more conservative, reliable and independent. You appear practical and calm but you may be overlooked in work situations for advancements or promotions. The gray preferring individual will get the job done, keep the peace and is a loyal employee.
The color gray is not considered a favorite by most people but it is showing up more and more in the fashion world. If gray is your preferred color, others may see you as being melancholy, private and serious. You might be viewed as a quiet and reserved individual. This can lead others to think you are a bit boring and detached from the group. Gray attire also gives the impression of suppressed energy, a very controlled individual and someone that always plays it safe. One way to change your message or offset the neutral energy of gray is to add bight colored accessories to your attire.
Do not despair as we enter the Gray Zone before Spring blooms. Take time to enjoy the rain on your window and the melting of the snow. This is the time of year to clear away the old, restore energy and make-way for the new. Entering the Gray Zone can bring peace and tranquility to your Soul.
Research and Resources:
The Language of Color, Dorothee L. Mella
Your Life IN Color, Dougall Fraser
The Secret Lives of Color, Kassia St. Clair
The Power of Color, Dr. Morton Walker
Is it Gray or Grey? Both are correct. The spelling of gray/grey is considered a regional choice.