Is it Grey or Gray?

Is it Grey or Gray?

By: Lee Boyland

After a recent discussion with fellow associates about the spelling of the color grey/gray, I found myself wondering what is so intriguing about this particular color!

To fill you in on our conversation, we learned from that “gray” is the preferred spelling in American English, and that “grey” is preferred in all other varieties of written English. Interesting, because I prefer “grey.”

The many shades of grey alone are interesting. Did you know that according to, ┬áthe human eye can distinguish over 500 shades of the color grey? Amazing! The color is intriguing because it bridges a wide gap between white and black, with tones of pink, green, blue, and brown all encompassing that gap. The Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year, Alabaster SW 7008 lends itself quite well to pairing with other neutrals including greys. The wide expanse of the color grey includes concrete, metallic and wood tones and many textures. It contrasts and compliments many bright and muted colors.

What is your favorite shade of grey?



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