Of all of the colour coding systems currently in use, the RAL system is perhaps the single most popular. This popularity can be attributed to two key factors, firstly the quality of the tones, hues and shades which it contains; secondly the volume of colours contained within the system allowing that the optimum colour for any application or project to be easily identified and obtained.
The RAL system was originally created in Germany in 1927, it was intended to aid the communication of colour tones between individuals by creating a standardised system. Prior to the creation of the system it was almost impossible for people to accurately communication precise colour tones, unless they had a sample. The original RAL system was the RAL 840, it contained just 40 different colours, tones and hues.
Since this humble and somewhat limited beginning, the system has grown in leaps and bounds, a new RAL system was launched in 1994, enabling a new generation of architects, designers and contractors to take advantage of its colours, which contains over 1600 individual colours, tones and hues. Colours contained within this system are identified through a serial of 7 digits, ordered as a triple and two doubles, this signifies hue, brightness and saturation respectively.
To save you from having to physically go through each of the colours in the system, which is quite an experience, we have collected the ten most popular RAL colours beneath. We discuss the colour itself and its most common usages, to help you take advantage of the scope and quality of colour provided by the RAL system.
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