A Writer's Word List: The Color Gray



We use color in our language every single day, and as writers you'll have to find new and interesting ways to describe colors as you see them for your writing.


The color gray is neutral, not quite as sharp as black or white. It can be used to symbolise murky intentions. Lighter gray is seen as more feminine, while dark gray is masculine.


Adjectives

silver

grayish

silvery

silver-gray

pearl-gray


Descriptives

alien

aluminum

gunmetal

smoky

sooty

anchor

ash

battleship

cloud

corpse

death

dove

exhaust

flint

fog

fossil

granite

graphite

gravel

lead

mercury

nail

nickle

otter

pebble

pepper

pigeon

salt-and-pepper

seal

shadow

slate

slush

smog

smoke

storm

wolf


Shades

slate

dove gray

pewter

ashy

ashen

iron gray

sterling silver

chrome


Similes/Comparisons
Light:

ashes

fog

smoke

cobwebs


Medium:

wolves

cement

metal

sharks


Dark:

storm clouds

streets/asphalt

pencil lead

elephants

charcoal


More tips:

Use similes in your writing to help your reader visualize the color.

"Her eyes reminded him of gunpowder, dark and beady things that followed him everywhere."

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