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Decorating with Neon!

1. Contrast with neutrals:

We can all appreciate the effect of neon lights gleaming against the night sky – evoking feelings of excitement, celebration and energy! Similarly, neon colours can look amazing in an interior application contrasting against a dark backdrop like a subdued charcoal wall. PL suggests choosing one neon colour for impact rather than trying to incorporate all of the colours – if you have a neutral greyish interior, then fluoro yellow or hot pink would work well.

2. Accessorize:

Then it’s all about choosing how to apply the neon colour. We have all seen neon used in the latest fashion trends. Instead of buying an entire new wardrobe in the latest style, we often select accessories to reflect that current trend and incorporate them into our staple wardrobes saving the expense of replacing our entire outfit when that trend ends. Similarly, the key to introducing neon into your interior is to be smart and be selective and think ACCESSORIES – we covet Alexandra Von Furstenberg’s laser acrylic trays in neon pink (see below centre) placed upon a coffee tables or an ottomans – why not add a little colour to cocktail hour!

Cushions, picture frames, lamps, vases, jugs, wall art, bath towels, a side table, coffee table or stools are all pieces that can be easily and inexpensively replaced when your taste or trends change.

3. Feature Paint Effects:

Try a modern take on the red front door! Another effective way of making an impact with neon is by painting a door in an unexpected colour – imagine a front door painted a gloss neon yellow, lime or pink! Make it a real FOCUS.

Or, how about painting external window shutters a neon colour – embellishing an otherwise simple and plain exterior.

Of course, keep in mind rules of application with neutrals….

4. Plants:

Think Greek Islands – cascading pink Bougainvillea against stark white buildings or simply bright yellow poppies in a slick and pristine kitchen. It’s all about injecting a pop of colour and unpredictability.

5. Quirky combinations of old with new:

What about cute fluoro door knobs on an old chest of drawers – juxtaposing a modern bold element with traditional charm. Don’t know what to do with that old timber chair or other piece of furniture which is looking a bit dated – why not give it a coat of glossy paint or reupholster it in a bold fabric and voila – a new lease of life!

You are also doing your bit for the environment by prolonging it’s service life and reducing landfill!

6. Home Office:

The office really is a natural environment for neon colours – think of all those fluoro highlighters, psychedelic post-it stickers and outrageous office supplies!

We think desk accessories in a neon colour can really make your work area pop in a chic way – and you can afford to play and have fun in these areas.

Bold A4 folders or storage boxes stacked against a white shelving unit; industrial hot pink desk lamp or a bright desk chair can all make your office a fun and inspirational place to work.


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