Chapter 5. Neutrals

32 Grays and Temperature

Colors, as mentioned on page 24, have temperatures: Hues that lean toward red, orange, or yellow are looked upon as warm, and hues that tend toward green, blue, or violet are considered cool.

Grays, too, can be warm or cool. Warm grays contain hints of red, orange, or yellow, and cool grays have a touch of blue, violet, or green.

Grays can also be labeled as something that a color cannot: temperature neutral. A temperature-neutral gray is precisely balanced between warm and cool and is without any indication of hue.

If you’re an artist or a designer, it’s a good idea to perpetually expand your awareness of the qualities, characteristics, and conveyances of different grays. The more you do this, the ...

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