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NCS for LeonardoCeramica

The NCS – Natural Colour System®© - is a colour ordering model based on the way colours are perceived. Via this system every surface colour can be described and identified by a specific NCS code. The NCS system is based on over 70 years of colour research and today it is the world’s most popular colour identification system.

LeonardoCeramica has adopted this major international standard as it allows the brand to analyse, select, communicate, produce and control colours in order to guarantee even more amazing colour effects that meet both today and tomorrow’s architectural needs.

How does the NCS®© work? The six elementary colour percepts of human vision are white (W), black (S), yellow (Y), red (R), blue (B) and green (G). The NCS is based on the similarity of a certain colour to the six primary colours, which allows the colour to be given a code, e.g. NCS S 1050-Y90R, where 1050 describes the shade of colour in terms of blackness (here 10 standing for 10% ) and chromaticity or saturation (here 50 standing for 50% ). The Y90R code indicates the colour tone. The letter s at the beginning of the code indicates that this is a standard sample included in the NCS Edition 2. Pure grey colours have no tone so they are described only by their shade gradation code followed by an N (for neutral). NCS S 0300-N stands for white, which is followed by NCS S 0500-N, NCS S 1000-N, NCS S 1500-N, etc. all the way to NCS S 9000-N which is black.

Space in the NCS colour system is represented visually by a three-dimensional colour model in which every possible surface colour can be identified and allocated a specific NCS code.

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