NCS - The Natural Colour System

NCS is the understandable international colour order system for colour selection, specification, communication and the control of colour in design, architecture, research, marketing and manufacturing. It is based on how people see colour.

The logical colour notation system builds on how humans see colour; a notation represents a specific colour precept and describes the colour visually. It is not dependant on the limitations caused by pigments, light rays or nerve signals.

The Swedish government took the initiative on colour determination and classification in the 1950s and what has evolved is the NCS, which has become the international standard for colour classification. South Africa is compliant; the South African Standard (SANS 1091), which adopts NCS, was enabled in 2004. For additional information
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NCS in South Africa

NCS is now the national standard for South Africa. Most manufacturers should be able to match the system, given that it is based on how the human eye perceives colour. Contact Standards South Africa (a division of the SABS)

Lisa Taylor

lisa-taylor-profile-smLisa Taylor has been active in the South African architectural, design and décor scene for many years providing analysis and forecasting information to leading manufacturers within those industries.
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01 Jan, 2015
Upcoming Courses in 2015

We offer courses anywhere in Africa - please e-mail with your request and we will gladly set up a course in your area.

International use of colour in Architecture
Advanced NCS Colour Course

Wednesday 21 October - Use of colour in International Architecture.

Wednesday 4 November - Use of colour in International Architecture.

Thursday 5 November - Advanced colour design.

CONTACT NCS Colour Centre SA

NCS Colour Centre SA
P.O.Box 1038, Robertson, Western Cape, 6705, South Africa

Mobile: +27 (0) 82 900 7909