How to get the RAL colour from anything

It is always useful to be able to match the colour of any item to match the style of a given interior design. This is true whether that be for blinds, curtains, fabrics, etc., for your own home our comprehensive interior design projects.

When the exact colour code is unknown, it can be daunting to try and find it out when you come across terms such as Pantone, CMYK, RGB or HSL. Hence, one common choice in this situation is to go for default colours and hope they will blend with the frame our surrounding metalwork. However, there is a better way to do it! We recommend using the RAL colour matching system since it is widely used in our industry and throughout Europe.

Using free apps to find the RAL colour of anything

To make this easy, there is a myriad of tools that can help you determine the exact colour of an image. One of the most convenient ways is to use your smartphone or tablet camera to see in real-time the colour of whatever it is you are pointing to. To do this, you can find excellent free apps, such as:

  • Adobe Capture (Android and iOS, requires a free Adobe account)
  • ColorPicker (iOS only, free)
  • Color Harmony (Android only)
  • RAL iColours (iOS only, paid)

In this article, we will use the Color Harmony app to illustrate the colour-finding process. It is very similar in most apps.

Armed with this knowledge, you can tell us your desired RAL colour for anything from blind fabrics to curtain pole finials. In most cases, we’ll be able to find the corresponding match to the specified palette.

Are you an architect or an interior designer? Let us know in the comments how you use it in your workflow!


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