RAL Colour Charts UK Guides

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Welcome to the SHOP21 RAL Colours page. Here you will find introductory information in regard to the RAL brand such as their colour charts and guides.

In addition to some further information in regard to their products and colour systems, to help support both your use and understanding of these products.

What are the RAL Colour Charts and Guides?

The RAL colour standard has become the industry standard for colour matching and accuracy in Europe. It incorporates several collections that suit every colour professional from those working in manufacturing workflows to those working exclusively with interior design.

It offers collections of colours via a range of products suited to the everyday requirements of users. Whether they operate exclusively within a departmental office or whether they work with customers in the field to determine the colour choice, the RAL range has a product for every professional.

The colour samples come in several formats which allow examples to be taken into homes and other locations, making them ideal for tradesmen and other home designers.

RAL Professional Colour Systems - Formats


These are excellent colour systems for departments and multiple users in need of an accessible colour referencing system. They include large colour samples within a secure box that be easily transported from place to place.

Fan Decks

These are the ultimate in portable colour, allowing anyone to take colour out to client or project sites for simple and accurate decision-making. They bring colour closer to the end-user and give them an opportunity to be involved whilst not compromising on the authenticity and accuracy of the colours.

Ring Binders

These display overviews of colour samples in a way that allows for easy access and consultation without being overly complicated or cumbersome. These guides are ideal for professionals who need to examine colour nuances alongside each other, perhaps for the development of mood boards or concept art.

How Many RAL Colour Charts are there?

There are 14 different types of RAL Colour Chart that we sell. New colours and collection types are released every now and again and some configurations we don't sell, so this is not a definitive number but it does represent the vast majority of the range that are suitable for most people and uses.

Each RAL colour system has its own identity, making them indispensable to professionals working with those colour types in industry and beyond.

We have divided the RAL products we sell into their own collections listed below. Please click on the link or use the drop-down menu in our main navigation above by clicking 'RAL' to look at each different sub-category of the range to find exactly what you need:

RAL Classic Colour Charts

The RAL Classic Colour collection has been the industry standard in colour choice and accuracy for over 85 years. With 216 colours currently in the collection, the RAL Classic range of guides and fan decks are used by professionals globally to meet industry requirements.

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RAL Design Plus Colour Charts 

The RAL Design System Plus represents the cutting-edge in colour design for designers, craftsmen, architects and producers. 1,825 shades are included in this range of colour charts and guides delivering a comprehensive colour solution for designers in all industries.

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RAL Effect Colour Charts

The RAL Effect collection offers exceptional variety in colour design with a total of 490 colours available in colour box or fan deck formats. It brings solid and metallic colours together in a modern collection for the industrial sector. 420 solid colours are incorporated within the collection, along with 70 metallic colours.

Ral Effect Colours