May 9

Grey

Grey - the universal neutral?

GREY - the universal colour?

How to transform grey from a boring neutral to the exclusive backdrop which makes your other colours stand out and be noticed.

Each Season has its own lovely versions of grey, as we talk about in the Chrysalis Colour Analysis Podcast Episode 26. 

Tip: if you're a Summer, you'll get lots of help nailing your neutrals in the mini-course Neutrals For Summers.

And being careful to choose the correct grey can make or break an outfit, as I illustrate in the video.

Fun fact about grey as a colour

It's actually not a colour, just as black and white are not colours. Pure grey is a blend of black and white (which are also not colours).

Grey can be infused with colour, and when grey is saturated in that way, it becomes cool or warm, and more or less pigmented. 

Greys with low saturation

Shown here are lighter and darker versions of greys with low saturation.

Greys with high degree of saturation

And here are greys with a higher degree of saturation, grey that is infused with colour.

Fun fact about more or less saturated grey

For Seasons with highly saturated colours, like the Winter Seasons and also Bright Spring, which is the most intense of the Spring Seasons, the greys have low saturation (more likely to be pure grey blended together of black and white).

For the less saturated Seasons (Autumns and Summers), the greys have more colours in them (are more saturated). 

And as I show several examples of in the video, it makes quite a difference when you choose saturated greys for your low saturation palette or if you're a winter (or Bright and to some extent True Spring), the less saturated greys will make your colours even more radiant.

Saturated and unsaturated grey

Fun fact: Ultimate Gray 17-5104 is one of the Pantone colours of the year for 2021

Ultimate Gray is a medium unsaturated grey that would slide in quite nicely in the Winter and Spring palettes.

Ultimate Gray 17-5104

Pantone Colour of the Year 2021

It's actually very similar to my Colour Analyst Coat, the head scarf and cape for the person being analyzed, and the curtain behind the draping chair in my colour studio. 

They are that colour for the drapings and your face to have a neutral backdrop during colour analysis!

If you're a Summer, You'll get specific help picking neutrals for your colouring in the mini-course Neutrals For Summers.

About the author 

Jorunn Hernes

Jorunn is a Certified Personal Colour Analyst and reveals complex colour and style in a straightforward way, because it really doesn't have to be that difficult. She believes that colour is the most direct communication, will help you build a wardrobe that is less, but better, and can come up with 57 reasons to keep your natural hair colour. She is hopelessly in love with Dr. Martens and has a sourdough named Sébastien.

  • Thanks this is really informative. Really helps me a lot. I need saturated colour as a deep autumn which has driven me to bright spring at times in the past. As dark autumn with light skin and ex charcoal hair, my love of washed out black school stockings so purplish or greenish presumably fits with my saturated greys.Love the grizzly brown, it’s a colour for which I search. This has given me a jump up in understanding,

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