Tasteful Neon

I honestly never thought that I would write about this.  Neon has sort of always struck me as one of those tacky color intensities… but I found myself being drawn to more and more interiors with either a little neon, or in some cases even a lot of it.  There are ways to keep it tasteful, though — let’s not get crazy here and paint every wall a neon hue.  You will not learn that from this blog.  😉

Furniture Accents — One Stand-Out Piece

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Think of this piece as the star of your room.  This is a great opportunity to select something both wild in color and in shape.  By going bold with this, tone down the rest of the room to accommodate.

Grounding Black + White

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In most cases black is the grounding factor in a room; but I think that with a small dose of neon, the effect is reversed and the bold color actually grounds the space.  Especially with lots of pattern to be found, like this little kitchen dining area.


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Have fun with your tile and introduce a little neon with your kitchen backsplash and bathroom hard surfaces.  I wouldn’t say that this is a timeless look, but if you’re wanting to showcase personality and whimsy, neon is a great way to go.

Architectural Accents

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Highlight those architectural elements with an accent of neon.  The perfect little pop of color — think shelves, moldings, doors, etc.  Anywhere you can get just that little edge.

Your Fifth Wall

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This is me harpin’ on how I don’t want you to forget your fifth wall!  😉  Your ceiling is the perfect spot for a splash of neon.  Keep other colors much less saturated, but don’t be afraid to still have a mix of color, pattern, and texture.  Accent your neon vibes with a piece of jewelry for your ceiling.


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When in doubt, neon lighting is a safe way to play it.  Table lamps, pendants, sconces, little chandeliers (or big ones!) — this is a very easy way to implement this element without spending a lot of money or making a huge statement with a more or less permanent design fixture.

Distribution of Color

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Color distribution is a topic we’ll talk more about another day, but basically I’m referencing evenly distributing color around a space so that it is pleasing to the eye.  Whether you use different neon colors or the bright yellow we all think of, this is a beautiful way to showcase this trend.

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