This week we’ll take a diversion from colour recipes to dive deep, deep, DEEP into a single colour – grey. Are you thinking “not much to see here”? I hope I will change your mind.
Grey is, scientifically, a combination of pure white and pure black. It is therefore achromatic (meaning no colour), colourless, free from colour, uncoloured, a non-colour.
I created a room in the 3d planner using only “grey” objects. Sounds easy – but looks horrible.
The problem is that in real life grey will often have a tinge of another colour – as shown here.
This is why the room looks so bad – the (red-orange) grey rug clashes with the (green) grey chair which clashes with the (yellow-orange) grey pouffe. This seems quite obvious when the colours are shown beside each other like this, but is much harder to see when the objects are separated.
What is grey anyway? It is a very unsaturated version of one of the colours on the colour wheel. I could not find a colour wheel that showed the various versions of grey so I had to create my own.
I had fun looking for mydeco.com products covering the whole range of greys, arranged in colour wheel order because I’m a bit OCD like that.
Firstly, the “cool greys”. Violet and blue-violet (yes! that silver pouffe is a very light, very unsaturated violet!)
Then onto blue and blue-green…
About here we switch to the “warm greys” – yellow-green…
Then yellow (yes yellow!) tones…
Then orange and red-oranges.
Don’t believe me? Visit my blog where I show these objects in their fully saturated colour.
So what about that leaf? Green-grey.
Let me know if you’re looking at you’re looking at clouds, bitumen/ashphalt and even grey cats with new eyes!