Color Thesaurus Entry: Gray
Posted by Angela Ackerman
Metals (mercury, tin, etc)
Tree bark (Pine, cedar, Spruce)
Stones, rocks, granite
Old unpainted barns and fences
Chain link fence
Shades of Gray:
Slate, dove gray, pewter, charcoal, ashy, ashen, iron gray, smoky
Make every detail count
Colors are powerful descriptors, not fillers. Make sure that if you use a comparison or contrast to highlight a color, you choose the right one. Look at the setting and atmosphere you are working to create, then draw from the viewpoint character or narrator's history, education and past experiences to find the right fit.
A poor example:
Marc stood by the gym doors in his basketball uniform, tall and muscular and perfect, his brown hair tousled and curly with sweat. I stared, every particle on my body tingling as I drank in my future boyfriend...until he opened his mouth and I caught a glimpse of teeth the color of dirty snow. Ew. No way would I be with a guy who couldn't be bothered to use a freaking whitening kit.
What's wrong with this example?
It's a little...*yawn*...blah. We need a stronger comparison.
A strong example:
Marc stood by the gym doors in his basketball uniform, tall and muscular and perfect, his brown hair tousled and curly with sweat. I stared, every particle on my body tingling as I drank in my future boyfriend...until he opened his mouth and I caught a glimpse of dingy gray teeth. Ew. Making out with him would be like kissing a mouthful of gravel.
Why is this example better?
Gravel is a much better comparison, because the color doesn't just suggest teeth that are less than pearly-perfect, it also implies our pal Marc needs some dental work. We get a much stronger mental picture.