Certified Color Standards

Certified Color Standards are a combination of a visual reference and a master electronic standard in the form of spectrophotographic refletance data. The measurement conditions are determined by the brand or retail program account and are typically stored in a qtx-formatted file. Certified color standards are customized for the brand or retailer with their individual color names or IDs, their logo, and their own layout.

Precise Color Communication

CSI offers a complete service package for brands and retailers to make color communication easy including the distribution of the color standards, the traceability of the distribution on the website, recipes and technical support in the color matching process as well as online tools to facilitate the approval process. The recipes are based on high quality environmentally friendly dyes and pigments.

Using certified color standards makes color communication easy by reducing the number of lab dips which leads to a more efficient process and reduces costs. It guarantees best results for the finished product with precise colors and high color consistency.

What CSI Offers

  • Certified Visual reference
  • Master electronic standard
  • Distribution and traceability through the website
  • Recipes available
  • Customized display cards
  • Dedicated customer service representative for each program account
  • Technical support


  • Precise color
  • Improved color consistency
  • Effective communication
  • Shorter lead times for color approval process
  • Assurance that colors will stay constant
  • Customization
  • Access to technical expertise
  • Cost reduction

Certified Standards for Textiles

Certified Color Standards for Textiles are the solution for the fashion and apparel industry as well as for the home design industry. Usually provided on cotton, standards can also be offered on nylon or polyester while custom standards are also available on other substrates.


The 2” x 8” visual reference fabric is individually quality controlled to be within we 0.50 CMC 2:1 to the master electronic standard. It is presented in a grey folder.


All ColorWall™ Colors as well as the inspiration colors and the textile design tools are immediately available as certified standards. Other colors can be custom manufactured.

Certified Standards for Plastics

Certified Color Standards for Plastics are used to communicate color on a variety of plastic mediums. They can also be coordinated with certified textile standards while maintaining color consistency.


The visual reference of a plastic color standard is a 2×3 chip available as solid plastic or tint. Both a matt and a gloss finish are shown on the certified standards.


Pigment recipes are also available on the cards and reformulation service is available on other polymers while being quality controlled at Δ.5 CMC or less. There are endless uses for plastic standards whether it be home, industrial or automotive products. We have also introduced chrome plated plastic, an even more durable form of plastic, as a certified standard.

Certified Standards for Metal

Used for furniture, small appliances and automotive products, Certified Metal Standards are provided on different metal types (brass, chrome, nickel, etc.). We offer different finishes including burnished, brushed, and polished for the metal standard.


Most recently we have introduced the anodized aluminum standard useful for tools and automotive products. Appearing as a ‘stained metal’, the aluminum standard maintains the ‘grain’ of the metal while producing a colored finish.

Certified Standards for Paper

Certified Color Standards for Paper have been introduced to communicate color when non-textile substrates are required to coordinate with textiles and fabrics, giving the ability to communicate color effectively between brand owner and vendor.


Paper standards are used to specify the end color for paper products such as paper plates, napkins, wrapping paper and stationery products.


Quality controlled at Δ.6 CMC or less: a tightly controlled certified color standard gives the best chance of success for maintaining the desired initial color and is provided in matt and gloss depending on the specification. Pigment recipes are also available on the cards and reformulation service is available on other substrates.

Certified Standards for Wood

Wood standards are provided on a variety of wood types that can be defined by the customer. They are available with clear finishes as well as painted finishes.


Used for furniture and accessory products as standards for furniture and wood manufacturers, wood standards are used to meet their customers requirements in regards to color consistency.

Certified Standards for Packaging

Packaging standards help brands to communicate their brand identity color to the packaging manufacturers. They ensure consistent colors across packaging substrates. Packaging standards show the colors in different percentages known as tone scales and vignetting, which are helpful for designers during the color choosing process.


Customized web based color palettes and serialized color standards provide complete traceability while providing effective color communication to designers, color separators, and printers. Most colors for packaging are quality controlled at Δ.75 CMC or less, while other colors are more broad.

Color Solutions International is the leading provider of color standards and color communication tools. Find out what CSI can do for you.