But buzzing neon signs with cutesy catchphrases aren’t for everyone. Some of us want the brightness without the kitsch. Fortunately there’s a design trend for that. This year is all about neon-colored accents that give your decor some punch, minus the word art.
“Neon, like everything else ’80s—from shoulder pads to Patrick Nagel prints—is back in fashion,” says Justin Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency, in Portland, OR. “You may remember the fluorescent color trend circa 1986. Well, neon is like fluorescent’s way cooler offspring.”
Feeling brave enough to give your home a Technicolor dreamcoat? Here’s how to incorporate neon throughout your home and give your space a jolt of life.
In the bathroom
Technically, this neon-aqua version from Wayfair is just a liner, but if you want to be really bold, you can use it as the outer layer. Just put a white or clear liner or curtain underneath. Alternatively, get some neon-green bath towels for a burst of bright.
Neon-green bath towel set, Amazon, $26 for 12 pieces
In your kid’s room
But how do you add personality without painting or making kid-centric improvements that won’t age well? To the rescue: Colorful neon accents like light fixtures, art prints, sheets, and baskets. Your kids’ imaginations will run wild with this stimulating look.
What to buy:
Neon abstract leopard sheet set, Urban Outfitters $129
In the living room
Case in point: If your room’s primary color is beige, white, or gray, a neon art print, wall hanging, or lamp can take the whole room from basic to next-level cool. And if you really like the idea of neon accents in your home, you might even want to invest in a neon coffee table or chair/ottoman combo that will be the new focal point of the space.
USB LED desk lamp, Amazon, $15
In the kitchen or dining room
What to buy:
Hot-pink taper candle, Amazon, $20
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