The use of ADA compliant signs was mandated in the early 90’s and has been in effect to help safeguard the civil rights of anyone who is disabled. As such, certain rules that pertain to how big a sign should be, and where it is placed, along with a few more ADA standards that should be followed by numerous establishments, are strictly enforced.

Included in these very stringent rules are the colors and contrasts used for ADA signs. Some people do not know that particular contrasts and color combinations have to be used in order for a sign to be highly visible to people with certain visual impairments. Depending on the kind of sign that is to be made, color combinations and the right contrasts have to be considered.

All of the signs that are needed for ADA compliance have to have highly contrasting colors. Whether a sign is for room identification, directional, overhead or informational, contrasting colors that help easily define the letters or pictograms from the background is needed. For you to correctly choose the right color combination for your signs to be ADA compliant, here are some of the combinations you can use:

  • Black on White, Black on Cement, Black on Ash, Black on Vintage Gold, Black on Sandalwood and Black on Parchment
  • White on Driftwood, White on Black, White on Charcoal, White on Taupe, White on Beige, White on Blue and White on Dark Brown
  • Ash on Charcoal, Ash on Black, Ash on Dark Brown, Ash on Cinder and Ash on Canyon
  • Cinder on Ash and Cinder on Sandalwood

There are a total of 49 standard color combinations that the ADA considers ideal contrasting mixtures for compliant signs, however custom color blends can be used as long as guidelines for contrast and other rules are followed. Included in such considerations are the glare or finish of the sign, the character or pictogram height, and the fonts used for these signs.

These are just a few of the basic rules that govern the creation of ADA compliant signs. Other regulations you may need to find out more about include the use of Braille, the kinds of pictograms that are allowed to be used on these signs and the spacing requirements for the letters and Braille characters on these ADA signages.