Restroom Signs

One of the things you might easily notice when you visit restrooms in malls, office buildings, schools and other establishments is that the signs that tell you where these facilities can be found are in blue and white. These either have blue backgrounds and white characters (pictograms, text and Braille translations), or the other way around, with white being the background and blue being the color for the characters. The usual blue color that you see used for these signs is also somewhat standard, with the color being a rather dark shade of blue.

While this is indeed commonly used by many establishments for their restroom signs, you should know that blue and white are not the only allowable colors for these signs. Sure, you will need to comply with ADA standards in order for you to avoid penalties and fines for non-compliance, but nowhere does it say in the ADA that your bathroom signs need to be blue and white. What the ADA says about your ADA sign colors is that these need to be in a contrasting pair that has a 70% contrast. This means that you can choose from a wide array of colors for your restroom signs and not worry about non-compliance, as long as you do follow what is the prescribed contrast percentage.

So, how do you determine if you have the right contrast percentage for your restroom signs? If you wanted to customize your signs, you should contact a signage manufacturer that knows exactly what color combinations can be used for your ADA signs. They will also know what colors are acceptable for these signs and what contrasting shade best suits your primary color choice.

Some of the colors you are most likely to see being presented to you include white on orange, white on black, white on green and white on gray. You will also find that color combinations like black on white, black on orange, black on gold and black on gray are also acceptable. Of course, while this list shows you only black and white contrasting colors, there are other choices available as well that are also considered ADA compliant.

Custom Restroom Signs

Color combinations such as gray over green, ivory over canyon, taupe over burgundy and china blue over dark brown are also acceptable. As long as the shades of the two colors you use for your restroom signs are within the 70% contrast percentage needed for compliance, you are good to go. To ensure however that you are indeed within compliance, after choosing your contrasting shades, show this to your sign designer for approval.

Aside from the color contrasts, you also need to take note of other ADA sign rules that need to be followed. One such rule that some people fail to follow is the non-glare or non-gloss finish rule. Some people end up choosing shiny metal materials for their signage background, which is a no-no. If you want to use metal materials for your signs, make sure that you choose matte or non-glare metals for such a purpose.

Other rules that also need to be followed, after you have chosen the colors for your restroom signs, include character size, fonts used, Braille translations and tactile letter creation. You also need to follow mounting rules and the many guidelines that help you create the right signs for your bathrooms. To find out what these are, you can check out the official website of the ADA or you can contact your favorite signage manufacturer to ask them more about these ADA compliant restroom signs.

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