Announcing 100 new NCS Standard colours

8 April 2022

For the first time in almost 20 years, we are adding NCS Standard colours to the NCS colour space.

We are adding 100 new NCS Standard colours in the low chromatic colour area to offer our users more options and greater control when working with these colours. Low chromatic colours are very important in architecture, interior design, and product design. When looking at colour samples representing this colour area, it is often difficult to distinguish between one colour and the other. Is there a perfect white? How do I choose between different greige colours to get the right nuance? Is this too grey, or too beige? What gives that dark colour a slight tint of seriousness? A little chromaticness has the power to create a feeling that a neutral colour cannot do, and slight differences in nuance or hue can make a major impact on the final design. For this reason, we have added more colours in this area to make the NCS System®© complete and more inspirational.

“The low chromatic colours are constantly in our top list regarding best-selling colours.”

– Ingela Koski-Vähäla, Product Manager, NCS Colour



The 100 new Standard colours are the result of a joint effort between NCS Colour and our global community of colour professionals, to improve the NCS System®© even further. New technology has enabled us to produce colour samples in completely new nuances with low chromaticness. These have never before existed in the NCS Standard colour range.


Four colour areas

The 100 new standard colours are divided into four colour areas, from white and greys, to more chromatic nuances. We have named these areas White Delight, Nordic Midtones, Great Greys and Blackish Elegance. Each colour area has one chosen hero colour, amongst all the different colours.



Updated Design Tools

With the update of 100 new NCS Standard colours, also comes updates to our Design Tools. We are now launching new versions of our popular products such as NCS Index, NCS Atlas, NCS Album, NCS Block and NCS Box, with better usability, new design, and of course, the addition of 100 new colours.


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