Gmund Colors vs. Keaykolour: Paper Color Comparison

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Keaykolour and Gmund Colors are both luxury paper systems made of 40+ mixable, matchable colors, making them popular for high end design. As you’ll see here, they aren’t just similar in concept, but in color palette as well. Whether you are accustomed to using Keaykolour for prints, packaging, or stationery design, you will find this Gmund Colors vs. Keaykolour comparison handy.


Gmund Colors vs. Keaykolour papers - color comparison | Burgundy Gmund Colors #04 Merlot is close to Keaykolour #1 Orchid

1 Orchid & 04 Merlot

The closest match to Keaykolour’s 1 Orchid is Gmund’s 04, Merlot, though they are not identical. Shown here, Orchid has more of a magenta hue.

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Gmund Colors vs. Keaykolour papers - closest color comparison | Dark purple Gmund Colors #63 Grape is like Keaykolour #2 Prune

2 Prune & 63 Grape

These two eggplant shades are super close in color, Gmund’s Grape being a hair darker than Keaykolour’s Prune. Though Prune comes in a matte finish only, Grape is offered in both matte and metallic finishes.

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Gmund Colors vs. Keaykolour papers - color comparison | Burgundy Gmund Colors #04 Merlot is close to Keaykolour #3 Carmine

3 Carmine & 04 Merlot

Carmine and Merlot are both shades of burgundy, but Keaykolour’s Carmine is darker and more red in color.


Gmund Colors vs. Keaykolour papers - color comparison | Gmund Colors #54 Scarlet Red is almost identical to Keaykolour #4 Guardsman Red

4 Guardsman Red & 54 Scarlet Red

These two classic reds are difficult to tell apart, but looking closely, you’ll notice Guardsman Red is slightly darker. Scarlet is offered in matte and felt finishes.

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Gmund Colors vs. Keaykolour papers - color comparison | Keaykolour #5 Rosebud a cross between light Pink Rosa (11) and Merlot (04) colors

5 Rosebud – A Cross of Gmund Colors 04 & 11

Rosebud is a rich rose shade that Gmund doesn’t offer, but it could be considered a blend of Gmund Colors 04 Merlot and 11 Rosa.


Gmund Colors light pink Rosa compared to Keaykolour dusty rose Old Rose

6 Old Rose – No Perfect Gmund Match

Similar to Rosebud above, the Gmund Color System doens’t offer a shade similar to Keaykolour’s Old Rose. 11, Rosa is a far lighter shade of pink.

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Gmund Colors vs. Keaykolour color compare | Keaykolour #7 Baltic Sea close to Gmund #01 dusty Placid Blue

7 Baltic Sea & 01 Placid Blue

Baltic Sea is closest in color to Gmund’s Placid Blue, though Baltic is a quite a bit darker and more blue in color.

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Gmund Colors vs. Keaykolour - Royal Blue papers almost identical

8 & 55 – Both Royal Blue

The shades of royal in these two collections (8 Keaykolour, 55 Gmund) are quite close but Gmund’s version is a little lighter.

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Gmund Colors and Keaykolour color comparison | Gmund 89 Dark navy is similar to Keaykolour 9 Navy Blue

9 Navy Blue & 89 Dark Navy

Both Keaykolour’s Navy Blue and Gmund’s Dark Navy are deep shades of navy bordering on black. Though they are incredibly similar, Dark Navy has a bit more black to it.

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Gmund Colors and Keaykolour paper comparison | Gmund Olive Green (3) is a mid green like Keaykolour 10 matcha tea

10 Matcha Tea & 03 Olive Green

The most similar color to Matcha Tea is Olive Green, both being light-mid greens, though the two shades are not that close.

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11 Meadow & 88 Forest Green

Gmund Colors and Keaykolour paper comparison | Gmund Forest Green (88) vs Keaykolour 11 meadow - dark olive green papers

Gmund’s Forest Green is a rich, dark olive color that comes in matte and metallic finishes. It is the most similar to Keaykolour’s Meadow, though is significantly darker.

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12 Sequoia & 16 Seedling Green

Gmund Colors and Keaykolour paper comparison | Gmund Seedling (16) and Keaykolour Sequoia (12) - mossy, dusty green papers

Both Sequoia and Seedling are lovely shades of dusty green and are nearly identical.

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13 Holly & 60 Black Forest

Gmund Colors and Keaykolour paper comparison | Gmund Black Forest (60) and Keaykolour Holly (13) - dark hunter green papers

Holly and Black Forest are both dark hunter greens bordering on black, but Keaykolour’s Holly has more of a green appearance.

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14 Cappuccino & 06 Walnut

Gmund Colors and Keaykolour comparison | Keaykolour Cappuccino vs. Gmund Colors Walnut

Cappuccino and Walnut are warm, neutral shades of brown, Gmund’s Walnut being more yellow than Keaykolur’s Cappuccino.

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15 Seal & 37 Chocolate

Gmund Colors and Keaykolour comparison | Keaykolour Seal and Gmund Colors Chocolate a very close match

Darker shades of brown, Seal and Chocolate are also close in color, though Chocolate has a bit more red and Seal a bit more green. Chocolate is available in matte and metallic finishes.

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16 Blackberry & Gmund Used 4

Gmund Colors and Keaykolour comparison | Gmund Used 4 a light version of purple-gray Keaykolour Blackberry

The Gmund Colors collection doesn’t offer anything quite like purple/gray Blackberry, but Gmund Used, a recycled paper collection, offers Used 4 which is a light purple/gray.

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17 Albatross & 44 Storm Cloud

Keaykolour Albatross and Gmund Colors Storm Cloud (color 44) similar gray-purple colors

There’s no Gmund Color quite like Albatross either, but 44, Storm Cloud, is the closest. Both are dusty purple/blue shades, but Albatross is much darker.

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18 Basalt & 93 Cobblestone

Keaykolour Basalt compared to Gmund Colors Cobblestone

Cobblestone, 93, is the closest color Gmund has to Keaykolour’s 18, Basalt. Both are dark grays, both Cobbltstone is lighter with less of a blue tone. Cobblestone is available in matte and felt finishes.

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19 Deep Black & 10 Ebony

Keaykolour Deep Black (19) and Gmund Colors Ebony (10) are nearly identical

Ebony is available in matte, metallic, and felt finishes and is nearly identical to Deep Black.

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20 Indian Yellow – A Cross of Gmund Colors 31 & 94

Keaykolour Indian Yellow a cross between Gmund Colors Sun Glow and Canary

Gmund doesn’t offer a mustard like Indian Yellow, but 31 (bright yellow Canary) and 94 (yellow/orange Sun Glow) are similar.

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21 & 35 – Both Pumpkin

Keaykolour and Gmund Colors Pumpkin paper nearly identical

Both Keaykolour’s 21 and Gmund’s 35 share the same classic, cheery orange hue and name – Pumpkin.

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22 Coral – A Cross of Gmund Colors 92 & 36

Bright Keaykolour Coral is a cross between Gmund Colors Cayenne and Fuchsia - hot pink paper

Coral is a bright, deeply saturated shade that the Gmund Color System doesn’t have. However, you may find deeply saturated 92 (Cayenne) and 36 (Fuchsia) to be suitable alternatives.

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23 Lipstick & 36 Fuchsia

Keaykolour Lipstick compared to Gmund Colors Fuchsia - hot pink paper

Fuchsia is also similar to Lipstick, but not quite as bright.


24 Chili Pepper & 92 Cayenne

Keaykolour Chili Pepper (24) and Gmund Cayenne (92) a close match

Chili Pepper and Cayenne are similar in name and color, as shown here.


25 Port Wine & 04 Merlot

Keaykolour Port Wine compared to Gmund Colors Merlot red wine colored paper

Keaykolour’s Port Wine and Gmund’s Merlot share a similar burgundy shade, Keaykolour’s being darker and more on the red side.


16 Azure & Used 9

Keaykolour Azure compared to Gmund Used 9 mid blue paper

Though Gmund Colors doesn’t have a hue quite like Azure, Gmund’s recycled Used 9 is quite close.

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27 Atoll & 90 Aqua Blue

Keaykolour Atoll (color 27) and Gmund Colors 90 Aqua paper close match in color

Atoll and Aqua are close, Atoll being a bit more saturated.

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28 Caribbean Blue & 90 Aqua Blue

Keaykolour Caribbean Blue compared to Gmund Colors Aqua Blue

The closest color to Keaykolour’s Caribbean is also Aqua, though Caribbean is quite a bit lighter.


29 Kiwi & 28 Chartreuse

Keaykolour Kiwi compared to Gmund Colors Chartreuse paper

Kiwi and Chartreuse have a similar vintage yellow/green shade.

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30 Camel & 12 Beach Sand

Keaykolour Camel compared to Gmund Colors Beach Sand - Kraft Tan Colored Paper

Camel and Beach Sand are both a light tan, or kraft color. Camel is lighter and a bit more muted than Beach Sand, however.

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31 Lichen & 21 Sage

Keaykolour Lichen compared to Gmund Colors Sage gray green paper

Keaykolour 31 is most similar to Gmund’s 21, both with a gray/green hue. Side-by-side, Lichen is a lighter and less green than Sage.

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32 Steel & 01 Placid

Dusty blue paper - Keaykolour Steel (color 32) compared to Gmund Colors Placid Blue (color 01)

Steel and Placid Blue are both dusty blues, though Steel is a darker with less cyan.


33 Sombre Grey & 57 Slate Gray

Keaykolour Sombre compared to Gmund Colors Slate

Sombre and Slate are nearly identical shades of Charcoal. Slate is offered in matte, metallic, and felt finishes.

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34 Pastel Pink & 71 Powder Pink

Pale pink/blush paper - Keaykolour Pastel Pink compared to Gmund Colors Powder Pink

Pastel Pink is a classic “baby” pink. Powder Pink has more of peach undertone and is quite a bit lighter.

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35 Biscuit & 84 Chardonnay

Keaykolour Biscuit compared to Gmund Colors Chardonnay

Biscuit and Chardonnay are close in color, but Biscuit is darker and contains more yellow. Chardonnay is available in matte, metallic, and felt finishes.

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36 Cobblestone & 85 Timberwolf

Light gray paper -  Keaykolour Cobblestone compared to Gmund Colors Timberwolf

Keaykolour’s Cobblestone (color 36) and Gmund’s Timberwolf (85) are nearly identical light shades of gray.

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37 Grey Fog & 45 Rain

Light blue gray paper -  Keaykolour Grey Fog compared to Gmund Colors Rain

Grey Fog looks quite a bit like Gmund’s Rain – a gray with a strong blue undertone. Comparing the two, you’ll notice Rain has more of a green tint.

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38 Pastel Blue & 62 Light Sky Blue

Light blue paper -  Keaykolour Pastel Blue compared to Gmund Colors Rain

Pastel Blue is most similar to Gmund’s Light Sky Blue. Light Sky is available in both matte and metallic finishes.

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39 Pastel Green & 45 Rain

Keaykolour Pastel Green compared to Gmund Colors Rain

Pastel Green is also surprisingly similar to Rain, though it is more green than Rain.


40 Chalk & 72 Sea Grass

Keaykolour Chalk compared to Gmund Colors Sea Grass

Keaykolour’s Chalk and Gmund’s Sea Grass have a similar soft white color with a subtle greenish undertone, however Chalk has light gray inclusions (flecks/fibers) sprinkled throughout.

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41 China White & 46 Antique Ivory

Keaykolour China White compared to Gmund Colors Antique Ivory

China White is the most yellow of Keaykolour’s whites, making it closest to Gmund’s Antique Ivory.

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42 Snow White & 07 Wedding Cream

Keaykolour Snow White compared to Gmund Colors Wedding Cream

Keaykolour’s Snow White (42) is actually closest to Gmund’s Wedding Cream (07). However as it could also be considered a soft white, we have also visually compared it to Wedding White (49).

Wedding cream is available in matte and metallic finishes. Wedding White is available in matte, metallic, and felt finishes.

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43 Pure White & 99 Snow White

Keaykolour Snow White compared to Gmund Colors Wedding Cream

Keaykolour’s brightest white, Pure White (43), is closest to Gmund’s Snow White (99).
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Order a Gmund Colors Swatch Deck from LCI Paper

LCI Paper is the official U.S. supplier of the Gmund Color System. For our designer customers’ convenience, we have created a handheld swatch deck of all 48 Gmund Colors so you can see each color in person and feel the great quality of the paper.

Get a Gmund Colors Swatch Deck

LCI also supplies several other papers manufactured by Gmund. View all Gmund Paper brands sold by LCI Paper on our website.

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