Color Contrast Examples

Office directory signs, just like other signs that are used and seen by the public within publicly accessible buildings, are subject to the rules and regulations set by the government. These need to comply with specific ADA standards for signage, and such standards include the fonts being used, the finish of the materials being used, and the color combinations being used. In short, these signs need to use fonts, material finishes, and color combinations that are mandated by the ADA as compliant.

Fonts are easy enough to figure out when it comes to these signs since all you need to do is choose from the many sans serif fonts that are available. For the material finish, you should only make sure that these do not reflect light in such a way that makes the sign difficult to read, which generally means your options are matte, non-gloss, textured, and non-glare finishes. For the color combinations however, you will find that there can be some confusion here since the rules state that there should be a 70% color contrast between the background and the characters of the sign.

Some people figure that the only safe color combination for this is black over white, or white over black. This may be why you will see quite a lot of ADA compliant signs carrying this particular color combo. What some people may not realize is that this combo is not the only one you can choose to use for your signs, and that there are quite a lot of colors and combinations that can be used for the creation of signs that are compliant with ADA standards.

With a little research, you will find that there are actually quite a few combinations that are very pretty to look at and you won’t have to necessarily stifle your creative tendencies (color-wise, that is) when it comes to these office directory signs. You will notice that when you check out the color combinations that are considered compliant with the rules set by the ADA for color contrast, that there are actually a few very eye-catching yet rule-abiding combinations on the list.

For instance, if you want to go with a more sophisticated and yet bold color combination, you can go with pearl grey over burgundy. You can also choose to use gold over red, or silver over charcoal grey. If you want a more whimsical and fun approach, but still be compliant, you can go for ash over passion pink, or burgundy over yellow. There are actually quite a number of choices for you to pick from, and all you need to do is to find a contrast that is compliant as well as appealing to your design ideas. 

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