the eight core powdered pigments

The eight core pigments that underpin the Limestrong Color System: the 51-color Standard Palette and the Custom Color options.

color system

LIMESTRONG PIGMENTS

The Limestrong Color System is made of up of eight (8) core colors in powdered pigment form. Make use of our color system in one of three ways:

Pick a Color from the Standard Color Palette. The swatch grid below displays a curated palette of 51 of our most popular colors.

Clicking on a color swatch reveals:
1) Recipe: the amount of color pigment needed (by weight; in grams) per 32 lb. bag of Limestrong Build Finish plaster or 10 lb. bag (makes 5 gallons) of Limewash. Then use the online calculators to determine how much of the selected color to order for the total bags of finish plaster (or limewash) the job requires.
2) Paint Color Reference(s): The closest reference paint colors from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams color libraries.
3) Ordering: Buy buttons for sample boards and pigment packs. Pigment packs are sized to mix a single batch of finish plaster. Bulk (by the pound) pigment is ordered using the same webform when ordering job-sized quantities of plaster.

See the relevant LSB Publications for instruction on mixing in color pigments[XR1]. Unless a physical sample board of the color is ordered, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that a test batch is mixed and applied to a practice panel and allowed to cure to ascertain the final color result. The on-screen color swatches below are NOT intended to provide an accurate indication of what the final mixed, applied, and cured color will be.

When using bulk pigments, acquire a digital kitchen/food scale[1] that weighs in grams to consistently measure the dry pigments batch to batch.

Use Our Custom Color Service. Limestrong offers a custom color formulation service. The Limestrong Color System is quite versatile, offering shade variations based on single core colors as well as blended color possibilities. Visit the Limestrong Color Lab for information on the process.

Develop your own color. Download the Color Development Guide for DIY instructions.

LIMESTRONG BUILD PALETTE:
STANDARD COLORS

WHITE (OFF-WHITE)

 IBIS

COLOR/SHADE CODE: TITANIUM-F

 SHELL

COLOR/SHADE CODE: BASE

 MUSLIN

COLOR/SHADE CODE: UMBER-W

 CREAM

COLOR/SHADE CODE: OCHER-W

OCHRE (GOLDEN UNDERTONE)

 ALABASTER

COLOR/SHADE CODE: OCHER-A

 BUFF

COLOR/SHADE CODE: OCHER-B

 CHAMOMILE TEA

COLOR/SHADE CODE: OCHER-C

 HONEY

COLOR/SHADE CODE: OCHER-D

 RATTAN

COLOR/SHADE CODE: OCHER-E

 DESERT

COLOR/SHADE CODE: OCHER-F

BEIGE (GOLDEN BROWN UNDERTONE)

 EGGSHELL

COLOR/SHADE CODE: BEIGE-A

 LATTE

COLOR/SHADE CODE: BEIGE-B

 PRAIRE

COLOR/SHADE CODE: BEIGE-C

 REED

COLOR/SHADE CODE: BEIGE-D

 CAMEL

COLOR/SHADE CODE: BEIGE-E

 CARAMEL

COLOR/SHADE CODE: BEIGE-F

GREIGE (GREY + BEIGE UNDERTONE)

 BONE

COLOR/SHADE CODE: ALMOND-A

 LINEN

COLOR/SHADE CODE: ALMOND-B

 ALMOND

COLOR/SHADE CODE: ALMOND-C

 SILT

COLOR/SHADE CODE: ALMOND-D

 SUEDE

COLOR/SHADE CODE: ALMOND-E

OAK

 OAK

COLOR/SHADE CODE: ALMOND-F

TAUPE (GREY + BROWN UNDERTONE)

 WOOL

COLOR/SHADE CODE: UMBER-A

 WILLOW

COLOR/SHADE CODE: UMBER-B

 DRIFTWOOD

COLOR/SHADE CODE: UMBER-C

 SMOKE

COLOR/SHADE CODE: UMBER-D

 OYSTER

COLOR/SHADE CODE: UMBER-E

 COBBLESTONE

COLOR/SHADE CODE: UMBER-F

GREY

 MIST

COLOR/SHADE CODE: GALENA-W

ASH

 ASH

COLOR/SHADE CODE: GALENA-B

 SIERRA

COLOR/SHADE CODE: GALENA-C

 FLANNEL

COLOR/SHADE CODE: GALENA-D

 STORM

COLOR/SHADE CODE: GALENA-E

 GRAPHITE

COLOR/SHADE CODE: GALENA-F

BLUE

FOG

 FOG

COLOR/SHADE CODE: SLATE-W

 GLACIER

COLOR/SHADE CODE: SLATE-A

 RIVER

COLOR/SHADE CODE: SLATE-D

 SHADOW

COLOR/SHADE CODE: SLATE-F

PURPLE

 SILK

COLOR/SHADE CODE: PLUM-W

 ORCHID

COLOR/SHADE CODE: PLUM-B

 LILAC

COLOR/SHADE CODE: PLUM-E

 AUBERGINE

COLOR/SHADE CODE: PLUM-F

PINK

 PEARL

COLOR/SHADE CODE: CLAY-W

 CASHMERE

COLOR/SHADE CODE: CLAY-B

 ROSÉ

COLOR/SHADE CODE: CLAY-D

 CANYON

COLOR/SHADE CODE: CLAY-F

GREEN

 FENNEL

COLOR/SHADE CODE: OLIVE-W

 LICHEN

COLOR/SHADE CODE: OLIVE-B

 ORCHARD

COLOR/SHADE CODE: OLIVE-D

 OLIVE

COLOR/SHADE CODE: OLIVE-F

BLACK

 MIDNIGHT

COLOR/SHADE CODE: SLATE-Fx2

COLOR SYSTEM RESOURCES:

Calculate Pigment Needed for Job

Limestrong Color Lab: Custom Color Service

Standard Color Palette—Recipes (PDF)

Standard Color Palette—Color Card (PDF)

DIY Color Development Guide (PDF)