15 Shades of Grey

I’ve been reading that book. You know the one. The fun one. The one that’s got everyone talking. The ummmm… colourful one. The Pantone Colour Guide.

To be honest, I’m a little disappointed in the sex scenes. They’re not nearly as naughty as some people have been making out. Sure, there’s an occasional burst of magenta, a streak of fuchsia and a thrusting of lime, but nothing really to blush about. I must stop hanging out with colour-shy prudes.

Anyway, everyone seems to be getting caught up on the greys. So many shades of grey. What does it all mean? Well, I’ll take it upon myself as a professional in this arena to explain the grey areas to you all. Someone mentioned something about fifty, but sod that. Fifteen shades of grey is enough for anyone.

Look now at the fifteen shades I have selected, and choose the one that is the most “you”.

15 shades of grey

Got it? Good. I shall now proceed to tell you all the things about yourself that you secretly suspected but never had confirmed by that nice man in the white coat that came to visit all those years ago. He did have quite a lot to cover, so it’s understandable that this would be left out. Good thing you’ve stumbled upon this blog.

PMS 401


This shade of grey is preferred by people with a propensity to get a little teary eyed when a popular boy band breaks up. You’re a little too sensitive but you look sensational in pale trousers.

PMS 402


People and businesses who relate to PMS 402 are very straight laced, serious, no nonsense types. Once, a few years back, a printer was mixing a batch of PMS 402 while scoffing back an exceptionally fruity yoghurt. He spontaneously combusted.

PMS 406


The shining stars who choose PMS 406 are truly the keepers of the key to the universe. Loved by all, envied by many and fantasised about a little too often by their friends and colleagues. 406ers are often found curing contagious diseases, lessening the burden on society’s poor and downtrodden; or creating a really spectacular new soup recipe.

PMS 409


People who relate to PMS 409 are the kind of maniacs who own goldfish. They like to know that if you die, you’re replaceable, and no one will probably even notice the you ever existed in the first place. The only way to impress them is with hilariously realistic sound effects, like the guy out of Police Academy.

PMS 877


This is actually a metallic silver ink. So it’s sparkly and shiny and prone to glinting in the sunlight. Therefore, a person who selected this could be perceived as a bit of a magpie, no? No. A person who relates to PMS 877 is a majestical unicorn, with bells on their hooves and strands of liquorice running through their mane. They are a unique and stunning beast, frequently leaving crowds of onlookers awestruck in their wake. They also really enjoy sneezing.

PMS Cool Gray 3


If you liked the look of PMS Cool Gray 3 on a personal level, you enjoy hot pants and Instagram far more than the general population. You’re above Instagramming your Starbucks cup though, you’ve narrowed it down to things with a ‘q’ in them. Like quiche, quintuplets and antique quacking kumquats.

PMS Cool Gray 6


This is the shade of grey for folks with an unnatural love for novelty cake tins. Cool Gray 6 signifies a need for the sweeter, lighter, fancy free side of life. You probably own one of those pencils with a troll doll wedged on top, and balk at the idea of wearing overalls.

PMS Cool Gray 7


This is the shade of grey most preferred by elephants, sea lions and other large, lumbering beasts. If this is your shade refrain from growing a moustache. It will only only bring out your inner walrus.

PMS Cool Gray 9


If you often wake in the morning (or early evening)  to find yourself slathered in a thick, oily coating of PMS Cool Gray 9, you are the type to earn/win/collect/happen upon a stupid amount of money. You are practically Scrooge McDuck. In your later years you’ll likely take to collecting donkeys. Once your pet dolphin dies, of course.

PMS Cool Gray 11


If you like PMS Cool Gray 11 it is possible that you will be elected as the new Pope. You look just swell in a hat, you do, and don’t even get me started your ability to pull off a swanky robe with a sickening amount of jewellery.

PMS Warm Gray 1


If you can relate to PMS Warm Gray 1 then you are a perfectly normal human being. You’re fairly average in every way and everything you do is middle-of-the-road and inoffensive. Sometimes, when you feel a little wild, you order an extra side of bacon. Only sometimes, mind.

PMS Warm Gray 2


PMS Warm Gray 2 signifies a person with sleeping difficulties. Maybe you have a medical condition. Maybe you have a cat that likes to sit on your face. Maybe you were dared to drink 259 cans of energy drink back in 2009 and haven’t managed to get a wink yet.

PMS Warm Gray 5


If you love the look, feel and smell of PMS Warm Gray 5, then congratulations. You are the person the Furby was invented to impress. Please take it away and be impressed by it elsewhere. The rest of us are annoyed.

PMS Warm Gray 7


PMS Warm Gray 7, huh. If that’s your shade you are incredibly special. Your talents and abilities are so complex and rarified that they truly shine like a beacon in the night. Unfortunately, you were born 600 years too early, so in this day and age your talents are completely useless. Instead of shining like a beacon in the night you’ll have to make do with waddling about like a duck who is slightly lame.

PMS Warm Gray 10


If this is your shade, you’re not really all that grey. You’re a bit browner than grey really should be. You like to dance on the edge of social acceptability by wearing comedy underpants and t-shirts with slightly clever sayings on them that you didn’t come up with and don’t quite understand. You also frequently find yourself in long, drawn out conversations with cats.


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