RELATE + SUPPORT is a work tool which saves time in the areas of design, (interior) architecture and industry to develop successful products and atmospheres. Colour is often confused with simple colourfulness and leads to uncertainty in planning. The 15-part colour range gives designers the freedom to play with their contexts with the certainty that they can fall back on a proven colour selection.

For the individual colour stories, please click on the respective colour.

RAL 030 60 10

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ Storm red

RAL 030 60 10 is a hue from the red range (30°), with balanced lightness (60) and low chroma (10). Storm red is highly versatile with its ability to blend in with many different colour palettes. It is suitable to balance strong contrasts, which makes it the perfect addition to modular design concepts. The softness expressed by this natural greyed off red is a statement of consciousness and nonchalant elegance.

RAL 040 50 20

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ Agate brown

RAL 040 50 20 is a hue from the red range (40°), with balanced lightness (50) and relatively low chroma (20). While Agate brown, reminiscent of clay and earth, has a warm and stabilising effect, it can be brought to life through a dynamic design language. Nevertheless, the colour retains its natural core. In matt and tactile finishes, Agate brown unfolds its power to the fullest.

RAL 040 60 50

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ Mandarin orange

RAL 040 60 50 is a hue from the red range (40°), with a balanced lightness (60) and high chroma (50). Mandarin oozes fun, movement and high energy. Due to its radiance, Mandarin orange performs well as an eye-catcher and functional element for industrial to outdoor use and in graphic design. Combining it with darker shades like Anthracite blue (RAL 280 30 15) creates a strong, clear contrast whilst Fog green (RAL 160 80 05) makes it appear playful.

RAL 050 85 10

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ Pure beige

RAL 050 85 10 is a hue from the red range (50°), with high lightness (85) and low chroma (10). The serene qualities of Pure beige make a perfect background for lively colour combinations like Williams pear yellow (RAL 095 80 50) with Anthracite blue (RAL 280 3015). Pure beige creates a harmonious, warm atmosphere for both interior and exterior spaces.

RAL 070 70 10

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ Ginger grey yellow

RAL 070 70 10 is a hue from the yellow-orange range (70°), with relatively high lightness (70) and low chroma (10). This down-to-earth beige tone feels natural, timeless and calming. Creating a soothing warmth Ginger grey yellow enhances organic shapes particularly well. This nuance lends itself to matt finishes and tactile textures. Pair it with Violet blue (RAL 290 40 45), Agate brown (RAL 040 50 20) and Anthracite blue (RAL 280 30 15) for a balanced colour scheme that works from interior to fashion design.

RAL 090 85 05

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ 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. Its calming effect makes it a balancing partner for bold colours like Mandarin orange (RAL 040 60 50) and harmonious sandy shades such as Ginger grey yellow (RAL 070 70 10).

RAL 095 80 50

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ Williams pear yellow

RAL 095 80 50 is a hue from the yellow range (95°), with relatively high lightness (80) and high chroma (50). Use Williams pear yellow in moderation. As a decisive colour pop, it creates an excellent focal point. Combined with classic materials such as concrete, steel or wood, Williams pear yellow feels fresh. Pair it with grounded colours such as Agate brown (RAL 040 50 20) or Storm red (RAL 030 60 10) to add an element of surprise to natural colour palettes.

RAL 100 60 30

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ Cardamom green

RAL 100 60 30 is a hue from the yellowish-green range (100°), with balanced lightness (60) and balanced chroma (30). Rich and warm, Cardamom green reminds us of natural abundance. Combined with organic, tactile textures like coarse bricks and raw linen Cardamom green is particularly appealing. Try a triad with Fog green (160 80 05) and Dubuffet green (130 50 10) for a dynamic, contemporary mix.

RAL 110 90 05

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ Cotton white

RAL 110 90 05 is a hue from the greenish-yellow range (110°), with very high lightness (90) and very low chroma (05). As a flexible base colour, Cotton white adds elegant simplicity to any design concept. Its minimalistic yet natural appearance makes it a good choice for geometric and organic designs with rough or smooth textures alike.

RAL 130 50 10

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ Dubuffet green

RAL 130 50 10 is a hue from the green range (130°), with balanced lightness (50) and low chroma (10). Dubuffet green proves that pared-back greens can bring a natural feel and elegance to architecture and product design. This nuance is a surface design allrounder. It works as an accent or base colour in any finish, from ultra matt via velvety shimmering to highly polished.

RAL 160 80 05

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ 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 classic grey to balance warm earth tones like Agate brown (RAL 040 50 20) or bright accents like Mandarin orange (RAL 040 60 50).

RAL 280 30 15

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ Anthracite blue

RAL 280 30 15 is a hue from the blue range (280°), with rather low lightness (30) and relatively low chroma (15). Anthracite blue conveys both concentration and creativity. Contrary to common belief, it recedes as a wall colour, making a room look larger. Add contrast and a dose of additional energy with Mandarin orange (RAL 040 60 05). Anthracite blue looks best accompanied by wooden materials or shades from the orange and brown spectrum in exterior and interior design.

RAL 280 70 10

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ Tulle violet

RAL 280 70 10 is a hue from the blue range (280°), with relatively high lightness (70) and low chroma (10). Tulle violet appears clean, functional and inspires focus which makes it particularly suitable for various workspaces. Pair it with Agate brown (RAL 040 50 20) or Storm red (RAL 030 60 10) for a warmer and softer look. This atmospheric light blue also combines well with many whites, sandy nuances and dark blues.

RAL 290 40 45

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ Violet blue

RAL 290 40 45 is a hue from the purple-blue range (290°), with balanced lightness (40) and high chroma (45). A perfect blend between intensity and sophistication, this nuance works as an accent or bold base colour. Violet blue looks mesmerising on any surface. Consider playing with transparency. Due to its digital appearance, it adds vibrancy and instant depth to a more natural colour palette.

RAL 320 80 05

RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ 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, sensual and tender, especially in matt or transparent finishes. This subtle hue can adapt to different moods. Light violet is a soft wall colour that offers an alternative to white. Combinations with Tulle violet (RAL 290 40 45) or Agate brown (RAL 040 50 20) make it look more robust and clear.



RELATE + SUPPORT combines colour, emotion and function.

Global and individual challenges have increased the awareness that design must improve our quality of life and our ecological footprint. As a world community, we are facing far-reaching decisions about the future. Sustainable solutions and resilience must build on an inclusive "we-culture". Holistic concepts for rooms, services and products in line with requirements which are accessible to everyone are important.

RELATE + SUPPORT presents a lively and adaptive colour range, matching the requirements of our time. The trend report is a tool which both promotes and supports functional and sensuous-aesthetic design. The need for easily accessible and flexible solutions has emerged from fundamental social developments and experiences during the pandemic. In this sense, colour is not a superficial decision but one based on content.

The key to adjustable design with diverse uses lies in the simple combinability of colours. The colour combinations of RELATE + SUPPORT facilitate the holistic values which are becoming increasingly important in the relationship between people and the environment. At the same time the colour range reflects a responsible attitude regarding environmentally aware design processes for material selection and production. In addition, design must schedule supply chains and subsequent recycling into the design process from the outset.

RELATE + SUPPORT is a professional design tool for sustainable design

With RELATE + SUPPORT we offer professionals involved in design and architecture an exciting design tool, which not only offers inspiration in the short term, but also makes your project work easier in the long term. The colour matrix provides a wide range of suggestions for the atmospheric and function-oriented design of our environment.

Colour should not be considered in isolation. Combining the colour with ColourCODES, FormCODES, SurfaceCODES and PatternCODES describes its overall effect. You can obtain more information about this in social media posts during the next few months. Follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram.

The RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ colours have a wide range of use. They facilitate multifunctionality instead of polarity. Pleasant surface colours and coordinated tones can easily be combined to satisfy the requirements of human-centred design. Start with one of the colour combinations we suggest or generate new colour adaptations for your project with confidence. Vary and expand the colour section simply and quickly with RAL DESIGN SYSTEM plus.

RELATE + SUPPORT trend colours and colour combinations

In a society facing major decisions on protecting the climate and environment, shades with a natural effect remain important. They are supplemented with decisive nuances, which motivate us. Together this results in a symbiosis that expresses the spirit of our time: a rising interest in individual and collective holistic health incorporating special local and cultural features, combined with the best technical innovations.

Higher expectations of sustainable practices also influence global colour preferences. Shades reminiscent of unbleached materials and soft, natural colours are becoming more important. They offer greater diversity and flexibility than unchromatic grey, black or pure white. High-energy contrasting colours create additional opportunities for expression and assimilation.

All the shades in the colour range can be combined with each other without any restrictions. We offer functional and discreet colour profiles as well as eye-catching ones with greater contrasts to help in the decision-making process. The colours appear more discreet with matt surfaces and increase the emphasis with higher gloss levels. The more intensive nuances are also very well-suited to playing with transparencies.

The colour spectrum deliberately oscillates between earthy and dynamic shades to achieve a holistic approach. Our research, analysis and synthesis demonstrate the development towards warmer nuances, which are balanced with cooler shades. The resulting colour range facilitates moody complementary compositions as well as contemporary shade-in-shade designs. Which combinations will be appropriate for your next project?

RELATE + SUPPORT Trend report background information

RELATE + SUPPORT came into existence from the notion that people search for solutions during times of crisis. A targeted and responsible colour selection is essential for this. Work is being carried out at full speed in the areas of design, research and innovation to look for options for a future worth living. As a society, we are in the process of moving towards this. Our colour space is considered a challenge to plan and design consciously. Colour decisions can make a great difference if they coincide with a holistic approach.

The colours selected for the trend report are based on the observation and assessment of the social, technological and design trends of the last 60 years up to the present day. The colour spectrum which has been developed additionally refers to fundamental design categories and detailed studies on the effect and perception of colour.

The RAL COLOUR FEELING series is intentionally less time-related than publications which focus purely on short-term trend colours. It's our aim not to define rigidly stipulated colours, but to develop an up-to-date colour profile which creates design opportunities instead of decreasing them.

RAL stands for quality

RAL has stood for quality and environmentally aware design for decades. This approach is demonstrated from the decision to make the colour trend collections freely available up to the awarding of the Blue Angel environmental quality seal. RAL has been reviewing and guaranteeing that the products and services awarded the Blue Angel satisfy high requirements regarding the environment, health and usage properties.

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The translation of the main colours in CMYK, RGB and HEX can be found HERE.

Colour library files for RGB-VALUE and Colour library file for AUTOCAD can be found HERE.

A list of RAL main and secondary colours can be found HERE.


RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ - RELATE + SUPPORT - Colour trends 2022

Watch the video of the presentation of RAL COLOUR FEELING 2022+ here.


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