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Tips & Tricks Thursday – Be Bright!

Well, it’s been a while since we’ve had a proper T&T, so today I’m sharing some great tips on how to translate this seasons NEON trend into your interior.

Honestly, I’ve always been a little leery of neon colors.  I’ve generally pidgin-holed them into two categories:  my preteen days (think Saved by the Bell meets Punky Brewster…big hair, loud patterns, and lots and lots of neon all mashed up together), and Miami circa 1988.

But with the recent season’s focus more on modern color blocking with simple shapes and neutral parings, I’m willing to step outside of my comfort zone and venture onto the neon highway…

Actually, I’m totally on board with this most recent incarnation of neon.  It’s simple, unexpected, and chic.

And the same rules apply when adding neon touches to your home interior.  The key is to keep an “editing eye”.  In this case, less really is more.

The most recent issue of Elle Decor presents this beautifully, in a Bridgehampton home designed by Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts.  Here they use touches on neon yellow and blue to accent the modern and neutral interior.  The bold colors pop when paired with soft whites, greys, and offset with reflective surfaces to give a modern touch.  The simple silhouettes keep the color looking fresh and not dated.

Elle Decor

Elle Decor


Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

…and neutrals don’t have to be light.

I love what Jonathan Adler did pairing the lime green with a deep chocolate .

Jonathan Adler via Decor Pad

Jonathan Adler via Decor Pad


Another way to incorporate neon, is to stick with a tone on tone color palette –

using softer versions of your neon color as the neutral accents

via Decor Pad

Amie Corley Interiors via Decor Pad

Vogue via Decor Pad

Vogue via Decor Pad


If you’re a bit more daring, you could opt to pair your bright neons on a complementary color palette –

Using two bold hues.

I just add a bit of caution to this one – this adds some major impact, try to use one tone as the primary and the other as the secondary color.

This way, you can curb any “color competition” between the two hues.

via Decor Pad

via Decor Pad

Katie Ridder via Decor Pad

Katie Ridder via Decor Pad

So, the theme of the day is don’t be afraid to take a step out of your comfort zone.

The neon highway is nice this time of year…




2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great images. That JA one is one of my faves! Vibrant punchy regency chairs, ummm…yes please! xo Kristin

    May 30, 2013
    • I know. I want them. They’re totally lust worthy!


      May 31, 2013

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