Published: May 26, 2013
he neon brights that peppered the 1980s are back, in fashion and d?or. Highlighter hues and glow-in-the-dark tints provide a shot of adrenaline after a few seasons of mellow, mushroom-y color palettes.
Of course, these colors aren't for everyone. But if you're ready to play, here are some options and expert advice on how to go sassy but stylish.
Taniya Nayak, an interior designer and shelter-show host on HGTV and the Food Network, loves bright hues. She said the key is to make them look up-to-the-minute and not circa 1983.
"Use neon in small doses," she advises. "You don't want to blind anyone. My favorite use of neon is against a crisp white backdrop. In a dining room, start with a glass table, white walls and pop it with bold colorful neon dinnerware, place mats and vases - affordable and fun! If you dare to go even bolder, use neon print accent chairs."
Nayak said balance is everything when working with these powerhouse hues.
"If you have a big, colorful personality and really want that bedroom or bathroom to glow, then go ahead and paint the entire room with your bold color. But balance it with white, black, gray or even a pastel. For example, a bedroom painted in bold green neon can work if the bedding, rug and window treatments offset it with a calming white and/or a pale soft blue," she suggests.
Take the same tack with a bathroom; add light-colored towels and mat to cool things down.
HomeGoods has some well-priced accessories, such as bright orange and green ottomans, a ceramic lamp in citrus, a large selection of colorful kitchen tools and mirrored decorative boxes. (homegoods.com)
Los Angeles-based designer Byron Samayoa's laser-cut coasters embossed with elemental information were not initially intended to be neon acrylic. "The coasters found their way to neon via the creative process - my original Idea was to start with a wood set and a clear acrylic set, but every time I went back to my samples, the neon ones always stood out from the rest," he said. (shop.bplusshop.com)
At Z Gallerie, find several great pieces in a zingy chrome yellow, including Mariposa candle holders, the Palmer ceramic stool and Pasadena picture frames. (zgallerie.com)
Zazzle.com has a great group of photographic rose prints called the Neon Collection, tinted in sapphire, lime and purple.
If you're up for outfitting your home office in some pumped-up hues, consider CB2's Go-cart furniture series, which includes a rolling cart, bookcase, task lamp and desk in vibrant yellow or orange powder-coated steel. (cb2.com)