Monday, May 28, 2012

Hats Off To Browns and Greys!

Greys and browns are underrated colors. Oh sure, we call them "neutrals" and pretend that we care, but really, how many people do you suppose you would have to ask before you found someone who said their favorite color was grey?

Sad, isn't it.

So can you imagine my surprise when I was rolling through a group of recently pinned images in my Pinterest feed last night, and noticed that I was pinning greys and browns with abandon? Well, true, there are lots of other, much brighter colors mixed in with them. But still, I was really interested to see how that earthy pair of background hues can step to the front and command my attention, right alongside of reds, blues, purples, and other seemingly much bolder colors.

Just let your eyes run down this scroll of pictures - you'll see what I mean.

Wedding Chicks
Miss Jill McDonald on Etsy
Kportimages on Flickr
Travel Universally
Tonya Williams on Pinterest
The Cool Hunter
Stripespolkadots on Ravelry
Lost In Drawers

Jonathan Adler

Eric Lafforgue on Flickr

This little exercise reminds me that every single color makes a distinct contribution to a composition, and the steadfast and patient browns and greys are at least as important as the flashy bold shades that immediately demand our attention. 

Hmm. I never thought of it this way before, but maybe colors are a lot like people. 

Hats off to brown and grey!


  1. I love browns and greys! I actually have a "Brown and Grey" board on Pinterest.

  2. man there is some lovely inspiration in here. i have to say, i wear brown & grey together, a lot :)

    1. In honor of this post, I put together a brown and grey outfit too!

  3. oh, i think gray is one of the most wonderful colors on earth.

    1. Must be your Pacific Northwest roots talking now. :)


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