BS 4800:2011 Schedule of paint colours for building purposes

BS 4800:2011

Schedule of paint colours for building purposes

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : May 2011


What is this standard about?

It specifies 122 colours of paint for building and construction works. This is an essential reference for anyone who needs a particular paint colour to use in the refurbishment of buildings – especially at local authority level or for major works, such as office blocks, airports, schools and hospitals. This standard includes 22 additional colours that are mostly brighter to reflect the latest trends for putting finishes on public buildings. These paint colours are widely recognized throughout the UK and are often used to meet safety, legal or contractual requirements.

Who is this standard for?

  • Decorators
  • Interior designers
  • Painters
  • Suppliers of paint
  • Professionals working in the colour industry
  • Building contractors
  • Paint manufacturers
  • Facilities managers
  • Office managers

Why should you use this standard?

All the paint colours have been chosen from BS 5252 – a framework of 237 colours. This framework was developed to complement selections of other materials and applications. BS 4800 consists of explanatory text, colorimetric data and spectral reflectance data, as well as an overlay that identifies all the specified colours. BS 4800F is a colour fan designed for visual matching. This fan contains large and accurate samples of reproduced paint colours.

What’s changed since the last update?

This is the third edition of BS 8400. It updates the previous second revision published in 1989. This edition retains the same selection of colours, adds 22 more and has the following major changes:

  1. The selection of colours has been revised to reflect market demands. More colours have been included from the full range specified in BS 5252 that are expected to be popular. Some colours have been marked as obsolescent but won’t be removed until the next edition of this standard. This partly reflects a perceived trend in the decoration of public buildings such as hospitals and schools to use brighter colours in place of some traditional browns, greens and greys.
  2. Some definitions such as “full gloss finish”, “eggshell finish”, etc. have been removed along with the associated “availability” information and the “basic selection” of colours.
  3. Colorimetric data has been included in the format used in BS 381C
  4. Spectral reflectance data for each individual colour have been included (see Tables 2 to 6).

Standard NumberBS 4800:2011
TitleSchedule of paint colours for building purposes
Titles in this kitBS 4800:2011 (CUT-OUT MASK) Schedule of paint colours for building purposes

BS 4800:2011 Schedule of paint colours for building purposes

BS 4800:2011 (DOCUMEN T WALLET) Schedule of paint colours for building purposes

StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 May 2011
Confirm Date01 June 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
ReplacesBS 4800:1989
Draft Superseded By08/30169958 DC
DescriptorsFinishes, Paints, Construction works, Buildings, Colour
Title in FrenchSpecifications pour les coloris de peintures destinees au batiment
Title in GermanSpezifikation fuer Anstrichfarben fuer Bauzwecke
ISBN978 0 580 74345 0
File Size4.615 MB

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