Gray is one of the most natural and neutral colors in the world. It is also a color that represents many animals. Elephants are gray and so are hippos, rhinos, wolves and other animals. For example, many different kinds of monkeys and birds are gray. Natural things like rocks and mountains are mostly gray and, on rainy days, the sky is gray too.
Light gray is often associated with nature and tranquility, medium gray is associated with old age and charcoal gray is associated with industry and underground work like mining. All shades of gray also frequently appear in home furnishings. For instance, many people have gray couches and carpets. Slate, a gray stone, is also exceedingly popular for fireplace settings and backyard walkways. Many kitchen countertops also come in the gray hues.
Yet gray can also be associated with things that are run down or murky. Factories and pollutions are usually associated with the color as are the drab corridors of bleak places like prisons. The mind’s eye often associates gray as being something more drab than bright and even though gray is a property of silver (which is a highly reflective color), the shade is still noted as being among people’s least favorite.