NCS = Natural Colour System
NCS describes the colour of any material. It uses numerical codes - NCS codes, e.g. S 1080-Y70R - to accurately describe a colour. NCS defines 1950 standardised colours.
NCS colour codes are composed of three values:
- the amount of blackness, which determines the intensity
- the amount of chromaticness
- and a percentage that situates the colour between two elementary colours: yellow and red, red and blue, blue and green or green and yellow. This determines the tone.
An example: S 1070-Y10R
NCS code S 1070-Y10R describes a standardised colour (S) that's situated between yellow (Y) and red (R) with:
- 10% perceived red (and therefore 90% perceived yellow)
- 10% blackness
- 70% chromaticness
So, this is a strong, warm yellow colour.
How to find the perfect NCS colour
You can use the handy tool below to navigate through the NCS colour spectrum. Underneath the selected colour, you'll see its composition.
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