RAL colours – the global language for colour

Colours determine our lives – consciously and subconsciously. They give us direction, influence our emotions, act as a means of communication, underline individuality and give us our identity. RAL colours have existed in all areas of our lives for decades and they set the colour standards for clear global communication of colour in architecture, design, skilled trades and industry. Enter into the three RAL colour ranges with over 2,500 clearly specified shades for professional colour design. Find out on our website about our colour collections, our analogue and digital products as well as the latest trends from the world of RAL colours. Let yourself be inspired!


RAL and IIT agree on strategic cooperation
RAL gGmbH in Bonn and the Institute International Trendscouting (IIT) of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HAWK) in Hildesheim intend to dovetail their activities regarding communication for professional colour design more closely in the future.
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The new and interactive product overview – now online!
What is special about an interactive product brochure: on page 48, for example, you will find the current ad of the RAL COLOUR-DNA.
Clicking on the hint button you will receive all information on the subject.
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RAL D4 Single sheet set
The RAL D4 Single sheet set is a high-quality tool with all 1,825 RAL DESIGN SYSTEM plus colours as a full-surface A4 colour sample - for maximum design freedom.
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The Major German Brands 2022
With a consistent brand approach, RAL COLOURS has developed into a leading global supplier of colour design products over the past decades.
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RAL COLOURS are naturally also available in moving images. Here we show you our best of videos from the RAL WORLD OF COLOUR. Watch the videos about products, new developments or exciting interviews. Enjoy watching them.

Making the world more colourful and safer with colour standards

The journey of RAL colours began in 1927 – the first 40 most popular shades from industry and public applications were authoritatively defined on a colour card and given specific RAL numbers. Since then, the RAL CLASSIC colour collection has grown to 216 proven, timeless shades from the entire colour spectrum. Colour standards specifically for finely adjusted creative applications have been available since 1993 in the RAL DESIGN SYSTEM plus with 1,825 shades, building on the CIELab colour space. RAL EFFECT followed in 2007. This is a colour range for innovative industrial and product design with 490 shades including striking metallic colours. The binding RAL colour standards have since been facilitating communication between architecture, design, skilled trades and industry for almost 100 years. They give confidence where clear colour communication is required – and support your creativity and your inventiveness to achieve modern, high-quality colour design.


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Professional advice on RAL colours

Do you have questions about our RAL colour ranges, about the colourful world of RAL colours? We have already compiled lots of detailed information for you on general issues and our colour collections in our FAQ. Furthermore, please contact us for professional advice about all our products. You can also find more information in our product overviews, videos, press releases or the Newsletter and use them to keep up to date. We look forward to your visit to our RAL world of colour!


Do you wish to buy one of our colour scheme tools? You can go directly to our web shop here.

City Gate Bremen

The “City Gate Bremen” project shows very descriptively how professional colour schemes using RAL DESIGN SYSTEM plus can look in practice.


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Current trend colours

RAL 030 60 10
RAL 090 85 05
RAL 160 80 05
RAL 040 60 50
RAL 095 80 50
RAL 280 30 15
RAL 040 50 20
RAL 100 60 30
RAL 280 70 10
RAL 050 85 10
RAL 110 90 05
RAL 290 40 45
RAL 070 70 10
RAL 130 50 10
RAL 320 80 05
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