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 D2 Colour Fan now optimised!
The colour fan with 1,825 colours is now even easier in handling and has been further developed for international use. You can now look forward to an index, page numbers, language variants on the back and improved stability!
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Education has always been of great importance to us, which is why we are committed to bringing the diverse topics related to colour closer and making them accessible.
Find out now how you can benefit from the RAL education discount and what else we have in store for you in terms of education!
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With the three RAL colour palettes RAL CLASSIC, RAL DESIGN SYSTEM plus and RAL EFFECT, there are a total of 2,540 predefined colours to choose from. But what actually characterises the three colour palettes?
In the convenient overview, the three colour palettes are compared and the associated tools are shown.
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Colour and material - raumprobe and RAL
Since 01.03.2023 we are official cooperation partner of raumprobe in Stuttgart. We are pleased to present a product selection in the material exhibition on site and in the digital material database.
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Colour and Light – Student Project with RAL
Students at the University of Oregon have studied the colours in their environment and highlighted how the colour palettes change at different times of the day. The influence of light on colour is enormous – have a look!
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The RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ is out now!
SHARE + APPLY – the 15 colours of the trend report encourage intuitive, playful use of colours and the development of sustainable designs.
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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!


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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 260 80 10

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Powder soft blue

RAL 260 80 10 is a hue from the blue range (260°), with relatively high lightness (80) and low chroma (10). Powder soft blue brings with it a calm and airy feel. Subtle and timeless this nuance pairs well with many other colours. It makes a great alternative for white and light grey. Matt and semi-matt finishes should be preferred, otherwise, the colour might lose too much visual presence.

RAL 280 60 25

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Opal violet

RAL 280 60 25 is a hue from the purplish-blue range (280°), with medium lightness (60) and medium chroma (25). Opal violet lends itself to dreamy, soothing spaces and relaxing products. This nuance is visually more stabilizing than many blues. Any finish can work, but ultra matt finishes look most elegant.

RAL 030 60 20

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Desert red

RAL 030 60 20 is a hue from the red range (030°), with medium lightness (60) and relatively low chroma (20). Desert red is incredibly versatile, hitting the sweet spot between softness, stability and sensuality. Ground busy palettes with it or use it as a gentle accent colour. Its earthy warmth harmonises best with matt and semi-matte finishes.

RAL 060 70 20

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Peanut butter

RAL 060 70 20 is a hue from the orange range (060°), with relatively high lightness (70) and relatively low chroma (20). Peanut butter is ideal to create a warm and relaxed look. Reminiscent of clay and sandstone this timeless nuance is more sensual than many of the beiges and greiges prevalent recently. Consider mixing smooth and raw finishes for a contemporary update.

RAL 290 30 25

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Gloomy blue

RAL 290 30 25 is a hue from the bluish-purple range (290°), with low lightness (30) and medium chroma (25). Gloomy blue radiates an intriguingly elegant atmosphere. Its deep quality looks mesmerizing from matt to full gloss. Contrary to common belief it makes rooms feel larger, as the colour seems to recede into the night sky.

RAL 090 85 05

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Pepper white

RAL 090 85 05 is a hue from the yellow range (90°), with relatively high lightness (85) and very low chroma (05). Pepper white feels natural and is reminiscent of unbleached textiles and chalky plaster. This nuance is a subtle base colour for interior and product design suitable for most lighting conditions.

RAL 160 80 05

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Fog green

RAL 160 80 05 is a hue from the green range (160°), with relatively high lightness (80) and low chroma (05). Fog green creates a fresh and pure look across categories. This subtle grey-green is a prime example of the growing importance of chromatic neutrals. For a contemporary look, use it instead of light grey or white.

RAL 170 50 55

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Absinthe turquoise

RAL 170 50 55 is a hue from the bluish-green range (170°), with medium lightness (50) and high chroma (55). Absinth turquoise feels decisive, athletic and refreshing. Due to its vibrancy, it is more timely than most of the other nuances in this palette, but that makes it an excellent choice to create a cutting-edge look. Opt for full gloss for maximum impact or go for a velvety matt for a more subtle effect.

RAL 040 50 40


RAL 040 50 40 is a hue from the orange-red range (040°), with medium lightness (50) and relatively high chroma (40). Ant red radiates warmth, sensuality and nonchalance. Though this sun-baked nuance is often associated with brick and terracotta it is suitable for any finish. Glossy and transparent materials add a particularly modern edge.

RAL 320 80 05

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Light violet

RAL 320 80 05 is a hue from the purple range (320°), with high lightness (80) and very low chroma (05). Light violet feels relaxed and tender, especially in matt finishes. This subtle hue can adapt to different moods. Light violet is a soft wall colour that offers an alternative to white and light grey.

RAL 095 70 40

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Banana green

RAL 095 70 40 is a hue from the greenish-yellow range (095°), with relatively high lightness (70) and relatively high chroma (40). Banana green appears juicy, vital and edgy. Use it in moderation, but don’t miss out on it to create an interesting focal point. Any finish will work. Transparencies and high gloss levels are particularly exciting. Matte textures make the colour look much more natural

RAL 110 40 20

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Antique green

RAL 110 40 20 is a hue from the yellowish-green range (110°), with relatively low lightness (40) and relatively low chroma (20). Antique green is the perfect blend between natural abundance and unobtrusiveness. As its name hints, this colour works well for vintage-inspired designs. Although its appearance will change considerably depending on the finish you choose, this nuance is a CMF design allrounder.

RAL 100 70 20

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Sand brown

RAL 100 70 20 is a hue from the yellowish-green range (100°), with relatively high lightness (70) and relatively low chroma (20). Sand brown is a calming, nature-inspired nuance that reveals its nurturing beauty at a second glance. As it harmonises with many other colours it is a gorgeous, more atmospheric choice to replace classic neutrals. Avoid shiny finishes. Organic shapes work well, but this nuance also looks marvellous with clean lines.

RAL 340 70 35

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Firm pink

RAL 340 70 35 is a hue from the magenta-red range (340°), with relatively high lightness (70) and relatively high chroma (35). Firm pink is a joyful and empowering statement. This confidently artificial-looking nuance oozes an innovative and playful dynamic. Go all in with glossy finishes. However, small doses usually do the trick already. Larger scale applications should be limited to areas where people only spend a shorter amount of time.

RAL 010 40 25

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2023+ Mineral red

RAL 010 40 25 is a hue from the red range (010°), with relatively low lightness (40) and medium chroma (25). Mineral red evokes memories of earth pigments and the famous sun-bleached facades of Scandinavian cottages. Its naturally stabilizing effect is best suited to matt or semi-matt finishes and rustic textures.