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4 Important Steps to Choosing a Neon Sign

June 10, 2021 3 min read

If you’ve decided that you would love a neon sign to hang in your home or your place of work, you’ve definitely made a good choice! Neon signs can work in a whole host of environments, adding a pop of light and colour to any space. We have over 90 years of combined experience between the team here at Neon Creations, and we’ve made a wide variety of signs for individuals and businesses alike.

Whether you already have an idea in your mind of what you’d like your neon sign to look like, or you’re starting from scratch, we’ve got some handy tips to make sure your sign is just right.

Choosing the design

One of the first things you should think about is what you want your neon sign to look like. You can choose almost anything, from funky shapes to your favourite quote from a movie. We can create words, letters, significant dates, brand names or outlines of shapes or images. If you’re worried that your design is too intricate, just let us know and we’ll do our best! 

The design of your neon sign can be created to match the theme of your business, add some decoration to a room or help to advertise your business. We have created a huge variety of designs, from children’s names for their bedroom walls to visual merchandise campaigns for retail. 


Choose your colour

The colour can make a huge difference to the overall look of your neon sign. There are around 40 colours for you to choose from, so think carefully! You could choose the colour of your neon sign to match or contrast with the existing décor in the room, allowing it to stand out in whichever way you see fit. 

Red and orange have often been the most popular and traditional colours over the years, creating a retro look. However, the colour can largely depend on your design and what will look best. It’s entirely up to you, but we can always offer our advice if you need it. Here are some popular neon sign colours to choose from.

Understand your backing options

Our neon signs are attached to a backing to make it easier to install, while offering that perfect finishing touch. The simplest backing options are acrylic cases or panels, available in white, black or clear. However, you have the opportunity to get creative with your backing, should you wish.

You can choose to add a printed background to your neon sign, with a favourite photograph or logo, which can add a personal touch to the finished sign. We have also added neon signs to artificial foliage backings and wooden panels too, adding an extra wow factor to your design. If you’ve got a specialist backing you’d like to use, just let us know. Read our blog on choosing the right backing for your neon sign.

Choose its location 

Consider where your neon sign is going to be displayed, as this could have an impact on its final design and size. If it’s for your home, is the sign out of reach of children or could be it be easily knocked into? If it’s for your business, it is easily visible for customers and employees?

Your neon sign should be close to a power supply, as it will usually arrive ready to hang (unless you have chosen to have the neon fixed directly to the wall) and be plugged into a mains socket. It’s important that you don’t cover the neon sign or place it in a cluttered location. 

Neon signs can also be used outside as well as inside, but outside may require specialist installation and additional permission. Need more tips? Read our blog on tips for choosing the perfect neon sign.

Why not have a go at designing your own neon sign and see what you could create? At Neon Creations, we can bring your ideas to life. Read our blog on why you should choose us for your bespoke neon sign