Choosing the Right Colors for Your Parking Permit Hang Tags & Decals, Part 2

Part 2: Optimal color combinations when you need parking permits in a variety of colors, for example, to differentiate between parking lots. 

If you need parking permits in multiple colors to identify different lots or permit types, choosing two contrasting colors will allow your staff to quickly and easily identify valid permits.

In the example below, we have illustrated a low-contrast color combination (Orange & Red) compared to a high-contrast color combination (Orange and Green). We have also illustrated what these permits might look like through a “windshield” to further demonstrate the importance of high-contrast colors:

Parking Permit Color Combinations - Good & BadOrange/Red vs Orange/Green

We specifically choose Orange and Red as a color combination based on a recent conversation with an enforcement officer. This conversation revealed that their organization had decided to use these two colors to differentiate between permit types at their local train station parking lot. As you can see in the example above, it is much harder to distinguish between Orange/Red since they are so close on the color spectrum. Unfortunately for this town,  enforcement officers were required to exit their vehicle and walk up to each car to verify the parking permit was valid and for the correct lot –  adding  a considerable amount of time and effort their parking lot management.  Had they opted for a high-contrast color combination, such as Orange and Green, staff members would have a much easier time.

Going  Beyond Colors

Don’t limit yourself to using  multiple colors when you need  to distinguish between parking lots or parking permit types.  Some other options available include:

  • Adding an easily distinguished logo for each lot or parking permit type
  • Choosing different background designs, such as pairing a striped permit with a solid permit
  • Different die cut parking permit shapes, such as those  offered by Rydin Decal
  • Using a combination of parking permit hang tags & decals

If you are unsure if the parking permit combinations you are considering will be effective, then you can ask an expert. With over 50 years of experience in printing parking permits, the Account Representatives at Rydin Decal have a solid understanding of what makes a parking permit great.

Have you ever picked the “wrong” combination of colors to differentiate between your parking lots? 


About the Company: Rydin Decal specializes in parking enforcement products to make your parking lots easier and safer to use. We offer fully customizable parking hang tags and customizable decals at prices that will fit your budget.


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