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The BCC (British Colour Council) Colour Standard

The British Colour Council (BCC) was an industry standards organisation, active from the 1930s to the 1950s, which produced indexes of named colours for use by government, industry, academia, and horticulture.

The existence of the more modern British Standards Institute may have lead to the BCC system falling into disuse in more recent times. The BCC Colour Standard was an early attempt to systematically pair off a given shade of colour with a given name and allot a number to it. This should have led to a foolproof system of colour names and descriptions. However, various academic institutions did not adhere to the definitions within the system and various errors, allowing organized chaos to occur in what was previously an orderly system. Now the BCC Colour Standard is very difficult to obtain and has fallen out of favour in preference to the BSI, Pantone and the Australian Colour Standards.

The actual colour name used is as given within the BCC Colour Dictionary, second edition 1951

The colours depicted are for guidance only. The displayed colour will depend on your monitor, browser and angle of the screen and pearl or metallic colours cannot be shown adequately. The finished colour, therefore, may not be as shown here.

 
The BCC (British Colour Council) Colour Standard
ABCDEFGH#
White
BCC 1
White
Ivory (?)
BCC 2
Ivory (?)
Cream
BCC 3
Cream
Champagne
BCC 4
Champagne
Maize
BCC 5
Maize
Indian Yellow
BCC 6
Indian Yellow
Nettle Grey
BCC 7
Nettle Grey
Lichen Green
BCC 8
Lichen Green
1
Mistletoe
BCC 9
Mistletoe
Almond Green
BCC 10
Almond Green
Flesh
BCC 11
Flesh
Hydrangea Pink
BCC 12
Hydrangea Pink
Venetian Pink
BCC 13
Venetian Pink
Baby Pink
BCC 14
Baby Pink
Dawn Pink
BCC 15
Dawn Pink
Malmaison Rose
BCC 16
Malmaison Rose
2
Pink Beige
BCC 17
Pink Beige
Rose Beige
BCC 18
Rose Beige
Coffee
BCC 19
Coffee
Nigger Brown
BCC 20
Nigger Brown
Eau-de-Nil
BCC 21
Eau-de-Nil
Apple
BCC 22
Apple
Malachite Green
BCC 23
Malachite Green
Green Beetle
BCC 24
Green Beetle
3
Bottle Green
BCC 25
Bottle Green
Tartan Green
BCC 26
Tartan Green
Rifle Green
BCC 27
Rifle Green
Amethyst
BCC 28
Amethyst
Plum
BCC 29
Plum
Egg Plant
BCC 30
Egg Plant
Oyster Grey
BCC 31
Oyster Grey
Rose Pink
BCC 32
Rose Pink
4
Cyclamen Pink
BCC 33
Cyclamen Pink
Blossom Pink
BCC 34
Blossom Pink
Neyron Rose
BCC 35
Neyron Rose
Claret
BCC 36
Claret
Peony Red
BCC 37
Peony Red
Ruby
BCC 38
Ruby
Maroon
BCC 39
Maroon
Burgundy
BCC 40
Burgundy
5
Violet Grey
BCC 41
Violet Grey
Gunmetal
BCC 42
Gunmetal
Alice Blue
BCC 43
Alice Blue
Steel Blue
BCC 44
Steel Blue
Saxe Blue
BCC 45
Saxe Blue
Mineral Blue
BCC 46
Mineral Blue
Victrix Blue
BCC 47
Victrix Blue
Indigo
BCC 48
Indigo
6
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Oxford Blue
BCC 49
Oxford Blue
Blue Black
BCC 50
Blue Black
Straw
BCC 51
Straw
Lemon
BCC 52
Lemon
Buttercup
BCC 53
Buttercup
Saffron
BCC 54
Saffron
Tangerine
BCC 55
Tangerine
Marigold
BCC 56
Marigold
7
Spectrum Orange
BCC 57
Spectrum Orange
Rust
BCC 58
Rust
Copper Brown
BCC 59
Copper Brown
Chestnut
BCC 60
Chestnut
Stone White
BCC 61
Stone White
Honeysuckle
BCC 62
Honeysuckle
Ecru
BCC 63
Ecru
Banana
BCC 64
Banana
8
Satinwood
BCC 65
Satinwood
Buff
BCC 66
Buff
Almond Shell
BCC 67
Almond Shell
Oakwood
BCC 68
Oakwood
Beech Brown
BCC 69
Beech Brown
Peat Brown
BCC 70
Peat Brown
Gault Grey
BCC 71
Gault Grey
Khaki
BCC 72
Khaki
9
Mace
BCC 73
Mace
Golden Brown
BCC 74
Golden Brown
Chartreuse Yellow
BCC 75
Chartreuse Yellow
Green Muscat
BCC 76
Green Muscat
Reseda
BCC 77
Reseda
Olive Green
BCC 78
Olive Green
Bronze Green
BCC 79
Bronze Green
Cedar Green
BCC 80
Cedar Green
10
Gull Grey
BCC 81
Gull Grey
Grebe
BCC 82
Grebe
Mole
BCC 83
Mole
Forget-me-not
BCC 84
Forget-me-not
Adonis Blue
BCC 85
Adonis Blue
Spectrum Blue
BCC 86
Spectrum Blue
Empire Blue
BCC 87
Empire Blue
Sapphire
BCC 88
Sapphire
11
Lido
BCC 89
Lido
Midnight
BCC 90
Midnight
Salmon
BCC 91
Salmon
Peach
BCC 92
Peach
Coral
BCC 93
Coral
Grenadine Red
BCC 94
Grenadine Red
Flame
BCC 95
Flame
Nasturtium
BCC 96
Nasturtium
12
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Poppy
BCC 97
Poppy
Chilli
BCC 98
Chilli
Water Green
BCC 99
Water Green
Spectrum Green
BCC 100
Spectrum Green
Sky Green
BCC 101
Sky Green
Sea Green
BCC 102
Sea Green
Grass Green
BCC 103
Grass Green
Brunswick Green
BCC 104
Brunswick Green
13
Cossack Green
BCC 105
Cossack Green
Orchid Pink
BCC 106
Orchid Pink
Amaranth Pink
BCC 107
Amaranth Pink
Petunia
BCC 108
Petunia
Imperial Purple
BCC 109
Imperial Purple
Royal Purple
BCC 110
Royal Purple
Primrose
BCC 111
Primrose
Sulphur
BCC 112
Sulphur
14
Bunting Yellow
BCC 113
Bunting Yellow
Gold
BCC 114
Gold
Old Gold
BCC 115
Old Gold
Bronze
BCC 116
Bronze
Beryl Blue
BCC 117
Beryl Blue
Turquoise Blue
BCC 118
Turquoise Blue
Honey Bird
BCC 119
Honey Bird
Peacock Blue
BCC 120
Peacock Blue
15
Turquoise Green
BCC 121
Turquoise Green
Jade
BCC 122
Jade
Peacock Green
BCC 123
Peacock Green
Azaelea
BCC 124
Azaelea
Brick Red
BCC 125
Brick Red
Guardsman Red
BCC 126
Guardsman Red
String
BCC 127
String
Brazil Nut
BCC 128
Brazil Nut
16
Sable
BCC 129
Sable
Falcon
BCC 130
Falcon
Bunting Azure
BCC 131
Bunting Azure
Garter Blue
BCC 132
Garter Blue
Terracotta
BCC 133
Terracotta
Horse Chestnut
BCC 134
Horse Chestnut
Murrey
BCC 135
Murrey
Purple Brown
BCC 136
Purple Brown
17
Chocolate
BCC 137
Chocolate
Fawn
BCC 138
Fawn
Nutria
BCC 139
Nutria
Clove Brown
BCC 140
Clove Brown
Vanilla
BCC 141
Vanilla
Corm Husk
BCC 142
Corm Husk
Apricot
BCC 143
Apricot
Carrot
BCC 144
Carrot
18
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Mazarine Blue
BCC 145
Mazarine Blue
Salvia Blue
BCC 146
Salvia Blue
Smalt
BCC 147
Smalt
Ultramarine
BCC 148
Ultramarine
Stewart Blue
BCC 149
Stewart Blue
Lapis Lazuli
BCC 150
Lapis Lazuli
Pearl White
BCC 151
Pearl White
Platinum
BCC 152
Platinum
19
Silver Grey
BCC 153
Silver Grey
Slate Grey
BCC 154
Slate Grey
Graphite
BCC 155
Graphite
RAF Blue Grey
BCC 156
RAF Blue Grey
Old Rose
BCC 157
Old Rose
Crushed Strawberry
BCC 158
Crushed Strawberry
Raspberry
BCC 159
Raspberry
Garnet
BCC 160
Garnet
20
Sky Grey
BCC 161
Sky Grey
Sky Blue
BCC 162
Sky Blue
Calamine Blue
BCC 163
Calamine Blue
Kingfisher
BCC 164
Kingfisher
Parchment
BCC 165
Parchment
French Beige
BCC 166
French Beige
Mastic
BCC 167
Mastic
Nutmeg
BCC 168
Nutmeg
21
Mink
BCC 169
Mink
Natal Brown
BCC 170
Natal Brown
Chartreuse Green
BCC 171
Chartreuse Green
Pea Green
BCC 172
Pea Green
Sage Green
BCC 173
Sage Green
Moss Green
BCC 174
Moss Green
Cypress Green
BCC 175
Cypress Green
Lilac
BCC 176
Lilac
22
Crocus
BCC 177
Crocus
Heliotrope
BCC 178
Heliotrope
Violet
BCC 179
Violet
Pansy
BCC 180
Pansy
Mushroom
BCC 181
Mushroom
Strawberry Pink
BCC 182
Strawberry Pink
Begonia
BCC 183
Begonia
Geranium Pink
BCC 184
Geranium Pink
23
Cherry
BCC 185
Cherry
Cardinal
BCC 186
Cardinal
Squirrel
BCC 187
Squirrel
French Grey
BCC 188
French Grey
Pigeon
BCC 189
Pigeon
Rose Taupe
BCC 190
Rose Taupe
Cambridge Blue
BCC 191
Cambridge Blue
Juniper
BCC 192
Juniper
24
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Powder Blue
BCC 193
Powder Blue
Pompadour
BCC 194
Pompadour
Delphinium
BCC 195
Delphinium
Larkspur
BCC 196
Larkspur
Royal Blue
BCC 197
Royal Blue
Magenta
BCC 198
Magenta
Fuchsia
BCC 199
Fuchsia
Beetroot
BCC 200
Beetroot
25
Opaline Green
BCC 201
Opaline Green
Verdigris
BCC 202
Verdigris
Dioptase
BCC 203
Dioptase
Cinnamon
BCC 204
Cinnamon
Olive Wood
BCC 205
Olive Wood
Shell Pink
BCC 206
Shell Pink
Flamingo
BCC 207
Flamingo
Signal Red
BCC 208
Signal Red
26
Post Office Red
BCC 209
Post Office Red
Union Jack Red
BCC 210
Union Jack Red
Dreadnought Grey
BCC 211
Dreadnought Grey
Battleship Grey
BCC 212
Battleship Grey
Emerald
BCC 213
Emerald
Spectrum Violet
BCC 214
Spectrum Violet
Wedgewood
BCC 215
Wedgewood
Parma Violet
BCC 216
Parma Violet
27
Cornflower
BCC 217
Cornflower
Union Jack Blue
BCC 218
Union Jack Blue
Purple Navy
BCC 219
Purple Navy
Jet Black
BCC 220
Jet Black
Eggshell Blue
BCC 221
Eggshell Blue
Oatmeal
BCC 222
Oatmeal
Elephant Grey
BCC 223
Elephant Grey
Lupin Blue
BCC 224
Lupin Blue
28
Mauve
BCC 225
Mauve
Charcoal Grey
BCC 226
Charcoal Grey
Petrol Blue
BCC 227
Petrol Blue
Mayflower Lilac
BCC 228
Mayflower Lilac
Clover
BCC 229
Clover
Howard Green
BCC 230
Howard Green
Dove Grey
BCC 231
Dove Grey
Pastel Yellow
BCC 232
Pastel Yellow
29
Tuscan Yellow
BCC 233
Tuscan Yellow
Ice Blue
BCC 234
Ice Blue
Crayon Blue
BCC 235
Crayon Blue
Donkey Brown
BCC 236
Donkey Brown
Kenya Red
BCC 237
Kenya Red
Marina Green
BCC 238
Marina Green
Gloucester Green
BCC 239
Gloucester Green
Medici Crimson
BCC 240
Medici Crimson
30
 
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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET

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