Disability Discrimination Act
Considered use of colour can significantly improve a visually impaired person’s wayfinding ability. It can create pathways, identify obstacles and define volume and spaces to those with visual impairments helping to make the physical environment safer and easier to use.
The huge range of colours and finishes in the danfloor carpet collection and Crown Trade Paints range, permits wide ranging design options to accommodate the visually impaired, without compromising the high standard of design aesthetics expected in today’s healthcare, commercial, residential, industrial, retail and leisure environments.
The Code of Practice: BS 8300: 2001 expands upon the importance of good visual contrast to help visually impaired people differentiate and define surfaces.
It equates colour with a light reflectance value (LRV) and, in principle, states that areas with higher LRV differentials (ideally upwards of 30 points) are more readily differentiated by the visually impaired.
On the Colour Configurator you can find all the Light Reflectance Values for each carpet colour and Crown Trade Paint so you can determine whether a design scheme meets the Act’s recommendations. For the light reflectance value of Crown Trade paint colours simply refer to the middle two digits of the colour code. For example the light reflectance value of the colour A8571Y is 57.Download Guide