Colour & Legislation 

There are between 2.5­3 million people in the UK who are known to be visually impaired to the extent where this physical impairment has a substantial long­term effect on their ability to carry out normal daily activities

The inability to differentiate between colours and especially contrast, is a very common visual impairment made manifest by a range of causes, the most common of which is natural ageing.

The effect of these kinds of disability can make both dark and pale colours, when grouped together, very difficult to separate. Environments coloured in what ­to normally sighted people ­would be subtle and harmonious tones, may, to those with impaired colour perception, be amorphous, disorientating even dangerous spaces.

Using colour within our interiors has many benefits, adding aesthetics, character, proportion and mood.

It is also accepted that the introduction of colour contrast into an interior design can significantly improve a visually impaired person’s way­finding ability and create accessible environments to help a built environment that complies with the Disability Discrimination Act.

The huge range of colour and finish in the Crown Trade and Sandtex Trade ranges available from Crown Paints, permits wide­ranging 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.