White Delights

Extended selection of low chromatic colours

Low chromatic colours are perfect for interior, exterior and product design. We are extending our selection in this colour area to offer more options and greater control when working with these colours.

NCS – Natural Colour System® is now more complete and more inspirational. 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. A little chromaticness has the power to create a feeling, and slight differences in nuance or hue can make a major impact on the final design.

Why low chromatic colours?

Low chromatic colours are the most frequently used colours in NCS apart from the true neutrals. The new colours focus on hues between yellow and red. This area of the NCS colour Circle includes beige and brown (as a nuance of orange) and pink (nuance of red). Furthermore, “White” is an extremely important colour. Even though there are countless white shades on the market, most of them have between 05 to 10 in Blackness and 00 to 02 in Chromaticness in NCS. For this reason, we are adding two new nuances in this space, 0601 & 1001, which correspond to the most sold whites, apart from the current Standard NCS.

Four colour areas

Explore the 100 new colours

Working with a global design community

Working with a global design community

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.

“We take pride in constantly working to improve the Natural Colour System and its physical and digital representations. Adding 100 new Standard colours is an important milestone for us.”

– Elin Askfelt, CEO, NCS Colour

Design Collaboration

The 100 new Standard Colours in use

Discover how designers Cecilia Rosvall (@DesignbyCilla) and Silvia Stella Osella (@silviastella_) have used a selection of the colours in their projects.


New and updated NCS 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.

NCS Index 1950 becomes NCS Index 2050

NCS Index is the most popular NCS Colour product, used by colour professionals and enthusiasts globally. Now, we have created an even better NCS Index. Based on feedback from thousands of users and numerous user tests, a new NCS Index has entered the market. With the addition of 100 new NCS Standard colours, the NCS Index 1950 has turned into NCS Index 2050.


Index 2050

NCS Index 2050 has a completely new sorting, which makes it faster for a user to find a colour and easier to understand the flow of colours. The new design is also packed with improvements and neat design solutions for the experienced user. Find and visualise an NCS Standard colour quick and easy with this essential colour fan. NCS Index is perfect to carry along as a complete colour reference tool. The most used low chromatic white, grey and black colours are gathered in one separate section for easy access and usability.

  • 100 new NCS Standard colours
  • New cover design and sorting
  • New features and improvements

"The new layout is so much easier to navigate through and makes a lot more sense especially for the novice user."

– Gabriel Vermeulen, Technical Director, Laminin Coatings

From a user perspective

Watch a conversation between Susanna Wåhlin, Note Design Studio and our product developer about NCS Colour having developed 100 new Standard colours. The conversation is moderated by Stefan Nilsson, TrendStefan.