Shades Of/Or means of colors Browns, Greys, Blacks or Whites Colors. Read all of Nexus and group. Ex. of one is The name originally referred only to the average color of the French mole, but beginning in the 1940s, its usage expanded to encompass a wider range of shades. Taupe is a vague color term which may refer to almost any grayish-brown or brownish-gray, but true taupe is difficult to pinpoint as brown or gray.