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Color Closeup - Our Reds

Color Closeup - Our Reds
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We get a lot of questions from people asking what our colors look like in person (screen colors can vary)- we do offer FREE color samples, but if you don't have time for that this blog can help you with our red colors.

As a Trading Phrases designer who spends the majority of my time working with customers to create the PERFECT design, I get a variety of questions about color. With one of our most popular color groups being red, I hear a lot of: “I just want a true red.” “So, which one is darker: Scarlet (31) or Garnet (30)?” or my personal favorite, “Which red would go best on my (insert color) wall?” My go-to response to this question would be, “Let me direct you to our free color samples so that you can see the actual samples of vinyl in person in order to make the best decision. Here is a link to that service: http://tradingphrases.com/color-sample-request.html .” Problem solved.

That is not always the case. Fortunately, only about 25% of the time the customer will respond, “But I need this design in two days and don’t have time to wait for color samples! HELP!!!” Since Trading Phrases is run entirely online, it is up to the designers and customer service representatives to describe the colors at this point. The process can be downright PAINFUL to describe colors to someone on the phone... what I interpret as "true red" may be different than what you think and we don't want to steer you wrong! We have a color chart for convenience, however, due to different resolutions of computer screens- the red I see may not be the red that you see. So, rather than describing the colors for the umpteenth time, I am going to do the impossible: show you, over the internet, using this beat-up stop sign! 




Stop signs can be found in virtually any neighborhood, making them a fabulous tool for comparison- everyone has seen one! Here is an example of our red color group next to the sign. As can plainly be seen, the closest color to the stop sign is our Scarlet. Tomato Red is running a close second, but it is slightly brighter. 



In order to provide a bit of variety in my example, I also held our colors next to a brick wall. You can see here that the closest "brick" color that we offer is garnet since it is our deepest red. The true brightness and almost "pink" tint to our Dahlia red can really be viewed in this photo. 



Finally, we have our darkest red...Burgundy #12. This is a really popular color and we're going to compare it to a red car. In this case, it's my trusty 1998 Honda CR-V. (Please excuse the dirt!)



As you can see in the picture above, our Burgundy #12 color is darker than the car. The car's paint color is closest to our Garnet #30 color. Burgundy #12 is several shades darker than that, like a wine or maroon-like shade. 

While it can be frustrating to get calls about colors- because we don't want to choose the wrong color- we are, of course, more than willing to do our best to help you! If you call in we have several ladies here that have handled our colors for a long time and can do our very best to explain them. In the event that you have questions about ANYTHING- color, size, installation, give us a call. In order to achieve supreme customer service, we take phone calls from 10am-5pm eastern time, Monday-Friday at 800-615-6473. If talking on the phone isn’t your thing, you can send questions to our live chat operator between the hours of 10am-5pm or an email to info@tradingphrases.com and one of us will respond within 24 hours. 

We hope this helped you! What would you like to see us explain next?

Comments on Color Closeup - Our Reds

Glenn 05-24-2013 07:36 PM
Great idea!

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