I recently have read two definitions of being a neutral color.
- Neutral colors are colors that can be used within any color scheme as in contour and highlight.
- Neutral colors are hues that appear to be without color.
The first definition is from this article
The second definition is from this article:
These two definitions seem quite different. As far as the second definition, I'm unclear why brown would be considered a neutral color.
In an RGB color scheme, brown is created by combining green and red. It is also not just a shade like white, gray, or black. So by definition, shouldn't it have color? Assuming yes, I don't see how it could fit the second definition because it would have color and thus not fit the description of "appearing to be without color."
Why is brown considered a neutral color?