Powered by you and
Brands from AkzoNobel

Creating colour contrast in line with The Equality Act guidelines

The Equality Act guidelines are designed to help healthcare providers avoid discriminating against people with disabilities including visual impairment.

The Equality Act

Ensuring that neighboring expanses of colour, such as walls and doors, are clearly distinguishable by using contrasting colours is first and foremost good design practice. But it is also an important aspect of the guidance provided by The Equality Act.

The Equality Act guidelines are designed to help healthcare workers provide a better service for people with disabilities including visual impairment.

Healthcare equality act

LRV and visual contrast

Dulux Trade have conducted research with the RNIB, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Reading University to look into ways in which colour can help visually impaired people to navigate a building as easily as possible. This established that over 80% of visually impaired people are able to discern colour differences. So using colour contrast can make their movement much easier.

Approved Document M and BS8300: 2001 advise that any colours used to differentiate surfaces should vary in their light reflectance value (LRV) by at least 30 points.

Walls, doors and skirtings

Walls: The largest critical surfaces, walls need to be clearly distinguishable to give visually impaired people greater security.

Doors: The whole door and architrave should contrast with the surrounding surfaces. The only exceptions are doors to storage spaces, which patients and visitors do not need to distinguish.

Skirtings: Making the skirting the same or a similar colour as the wall gives visually impaired people an accurate indication of the size of the floor, so they can avoid bumping into walls.

Dulux Trade products are now available in BIM format

Dulux Trade paints and woodcare products can now be seamlessly added to your BIM models as BIM objects - and the process couldn't be simpler. Click the button below to go to the NBS National BIM Library, pick your chosen Dulux Trade product and click the button to download it as a BIM object.

We're here to help

Everything you need to know is right here - from an encyclopedia of trade paint and trade woodcare to expert help.

All your favourite products

It's now easier to pick the right product for your project, browse through all of your favourite AkzoNobel products.

Inspired by colour

Our colour tool with over 4,000 colours will help you find the perfect colour from your preferred brand.