- Solid, vibrant colors such as yellow, red, and orange best reflect light, and therefore are easiest to see.
- Lighter colored items placed against darker backgrounds give intensified contrast. For instance, placing a white piece of paper on a brown desk stands out more than on an off-white surface.
- In the same way, darker items are easier to see against light-colored backgrounds. A dark green chair can be seen best against a lighter-colored wall.
- When placing furniture and other things in the home, bear in mind that certain colors are so similar that differentiating between them can be a challenge for someone with low vision. The color groups that cause difficulties are:
- Navy blue, brown, and black
- Green, blue, and purple
- Pink, light green and yellow
- Utilizing light-reflecting tape or brightly colored paint on the top edge of the first and last steps on a stairway can make them easier to navigate.
- Runners for hallways in bright, solid colors can help better identify walking spaces.
Among all of our senses, our vision is probably the one for which we’re most grateful. So much of our life’s experiences are a result of the things we notice in the world around us. Our sight also safeguards us from a variety of risks. Reduced or low vision can make it more problematic to avoid the dangers and barriers we come across, both within and outside of the home. If you are serving as caregiver for a senior who struggles with low vision, creative use of colors and contrasts can increase the individual’s degree of safety and self-reliance. It’s not as complicated as you may think! For instance, keep these techniques in mind: