ADA Signs

When it comes to choosing the colors you will use for the creation of your custom office door signs, you should be aware that you cannot just go willy-nilly in your selection. You need to keep in mind one of the rules set by the ADA for these signs, and that is the rule regarding color contrast. As the rule states, there has to be a 70% color contrast between the background and the characters of the sign. This is to ensure that these signs can be easily read from a good distance as well as easily read by those with visual impairments that have something to do with colors.

The specified contrast allows people to easily distinguish what the sign says, regardless of what color combination is being used since the contrast percentage makes the characters stand out from the background. If you do not use the right color contrast, you will not only be in violation of ADA rules, but you will also make it difficult for people to read these signs since the characters’ color will simply blend into the background color of your signs.

What are the right color contrasts for your signs and can you go with other colors, apart from the usual black and white? To help you out, here is a chart of some of the colors that are often used for the creation of ADA compliant signage, and the color combinations that you can use for compliance. These colors can be interchangeable, which means, you can use on color as the character color and the other as the background color, or vice versa.

Rowmark Colors for ADA Signs

RED - For the color red, you can combine this with yellow, antique ivory, sand, sandalwood, ash, white, bright white, light gray, and pearl gray.

BURGUNDY – For burgundy, the colors you can combine with this include yellow, bright green, antique ivory, sand, sandalwood, ash, white, bright white, light gray, and pearl gray. Gray and silvery gray shades can also be used with this.

CANYON – For canyon, you can mix this with colors like yellow, antique ivory, sand, sandalwood, ash, white, bright white, light gray, and pearl gray.

YELLOW – Apart from the first three colors mentioned, yellow can also be mixed with pine green, black forest green, Bahama blue, blue, China blue, air force blue, and marine blue. This color can also be used with charcoal gray, dark brown, and black.

PINE GREEN, BLACK FOREST GREEN, BAHAMA BLUE – These colors can be used with the same colors as those used by red. These are yellow, antique ivory, sand, sandalwood, ash, white, bright white, light gray, and pearl gray.

BLACK – Contrary to popular belief, black is not only compliant when paired with white. You can actually still be ADA compliant when you partner it with shades like yellow, antique ivory, sand, sandalwood, ash, white, bright white, light gray, and pearl gray. You can also partner this with bright green, driftwood, gray and silvery gray shades.

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