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UCL colour intro


Note: CMYK values provided are for coated paper only.




C denotes coated paper value.
U denotes uncoated paper value.


Values are for coated paper only.

Dark GreenPantone 5815C / 5815UC 35 M 30 Y 100 K 75rgb(85, 80, 37)#555025
Dark RedPantone 7421C / 222UC 18 M 100 Y 45 K 67rgb(101, 29, 50)#651D32
Dark PurplePantone 7448C / 7447UC 67 M 79 Y 24 K 59rgb(75, 56, 76)#4B384C
Dark BluePantone 548C / 548UC 100 M 21 Y 28 K 76rgb(0, 61, 76)#003D4C
Dark BrownPantone 476C / 476UC 30 M 71 Y 75 K 81rgb(78, 54, 41)#4E3629
Mid GreenPantone 7495C / 583UC 42 M 5 Y 98 K 29rgb(143, 153, 62)#8F993E
Mid RedPantone 7622C / 1807UC 0 M 97 Y 89 K 45rgb(147, 39, 44)#93272C
Mid Purple Pantone 2607C / 2607UC 83 M 99 Y 0 K 2rgb(80, 7, 120)#500778
Mid BluePantone 295C / 295UC 100 M 69 Y 8 K 54rgb(0, 40, 85)#002855
Stone Pantone 7527C / 7527UC 3 M 4 Y 14 K 8rgb(214, 210, 196)#D6D2C4
Bright GreenPantone 390C / 388UC 27 M 0 Y 100 K 3rgb(181, 189, 0)#B5BD00
Bright RedPantone 199C / 199UC 0 M 100 Y 72 K 0rgb(213, 0, 50)#D50032
Bright BluePantone 7711C / 3135UC 98 M 0 Y 28 K 4rgb(0, 151, 169)#0097A9
Bright PinkPantone 215C / 214UC 6 M 100 Y 26 K 24rgb(172, 20, 90)#AC145A
Light GreenPantone 7493C / 7493UC 25 M 4 Y 44 K 3rgb(187, 197, 146)#BBC592
Light RedPantone 179C / 1795UC 0 M 87 Y 85 K 0rgb(224, 60, 49)#E03C31
Light PurplePantone 5225C / 5225UC 8 M 25 Y 4 K 14rgb(198, 176, 188)#C6B0BC
Light BluePantone 550C / 550UC 42 M 7 Y 8 K 8rgb(141, 185, 202)#8DB9CA
YellowPantone 7408C / 7404UC 0 M 29 Y 100 K 0rgb(246, 190, 0)#F6BE00
OrangePantone 716C / 716UC 0 M 61 Y 99 K 0rgb(234, 118, 0)#EA7600
GreyPantone Warm Grey 8CP/8UC 17 M 24 Y 25 K 49rgb(140, 130, 121)#8C8279
Blue CelestePantone 635C / 635UC 30 M 0 Y 7 K 0rgb(164, 219, 232)#A4DBE8
IOE Blue (for IOE use only)Pantone 286C / 286 UC 87 M 59 Y 0 K 0rgb(50, 85, 164)#3255A4



The Pantone™ colour matching system refers to a set of colours, each with their own unique number/code. Used throughout industry as a standard for specifiying colours, particularly for printing.


CMYK refers to cyan, magenta, yellow and black and is a model which defines a colour by its make up of four colour inks. Professional printing processes, and colour office printers typically use CMYK inks or toners to simulate all colours, printed in a very fine overlapping dot pattern.




RGB stands for red, green and blue and refers to a colour mixing system combining the three primary colours of light. Use for online display and in Office documents to get the exact colour you need. RGB is converted to CMYK on sending to print which can result in a colour shift.



HEX values are an alternative way of expressing RGB values in a shortened form. HEX values can be used in CSS and HTML and other software to control the colour of elements in screen based media.


Colour in summary

Think about the range if colours you would like to use. Start with one colour and work from there.

Colour themes

  • Analogous: One main colour and colours from either side of it on the colour wheel eg. mid purple, bright pink and light purple
  • Triad: Three colours from equidistant points on the colour wheel eg. bright red, dark blue, blue celeste
  • Complimentary: Complimentary or opposite colours from either side of the colour wheel eg. mid purple and yellow
  • Monochromatic: Different tints of a single colour
  • Achromatic: No colour – just using black, greys and white