20 shades of grey

Disclaimer: this post has nothing to do with E. L. James’ trilogy.
Except for the title’s similar play of words. 🙂

It all started after stumbling upon a useful material published by, writer and illustrator, Ingrid Sundberg. Why is that article useful? Firstly because, as its author noted, it can be put into service as a reference to “paint a more evocative image in my reader’s mind” when describing different colours. Secondly, the nuances’ descriptive names can prove to be handy when interacting with customers, for designers, illustrators, writers, hair stylists and anyone else who loves and works with colours.


Image Source: Ingrid’s Notes

Besides the grey shades included here, if you decide to head out to the above-mentioned article, you’ll also encounter 20 shades of white, tan, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, brown and black.

The only downside of the story is that there aren’t yet included any corresponding RGB or HEX values. But Ingrid mentioned she’s working with a designer to offer those soon.

If you’re looking for a precise colour chart that offers for each of its colour samples, organised in alphabetical order, the RGB, HEX, luminance and HSL values, then please have a look here, to check the great work done by the people from WorkWithColor.


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