Neon decor has a reputation for being a little outrageous and undeniably bold. Here's how to successfully embrace the trend in your own home.

By Eugenia Santiesteban Soto and Jessica Bennett
August 20, 2018
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Neon colors have an outsize personality and the wattage to match. Popularized by '90s fashion, electric shades of green, orange, pink, and yellow are back to energize interiors in a fresh way. This time around, we're seeing neons paired with earthy counterpoints (like pale wood, stoneware, kraft paper) that tone them down for a sophisticated edge.

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Neon colors add interest to neutral spaces, but a little goes a long way, so use them sparingly. Small accents like a vase or trim add a jolt of pure energy that can transform a room. Group items in a neon palette into a vignette to add bold color to a sofa table. Layer punchy throw pillows on a neutral sofa for a small dose of neon that won't overwhelm. Or paint the outer edges of bookshelves in a vivid neon shade to instantly amp up the energy.

Although bright neon can be intimidating, the results always offer big impact. Here are some of our favorite ways to add a splash of neon to a space.

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Give a utilitarian room (think: laundry room or pantry) an unexpected pop. This neon orange pendant includes six inches of cord and a silicone socket cover. It's also available in nine other colors, plus custom lengths and configuration options.

Buy It: Silicone Single Ceiling Pendant, $80.48, Color Cord Company

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Use this bright glass receptacle for easily misplaced items. The matching lid helps maintain a clutter-free look atop a desk or entryway table. Available in seven colors, these neon containers range in size from 3.25 inches to 5.25 inches in diameter.

Buy It: Bits and Bobs Storage Container, $6 (originally $10), HAY

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These high-octane trays highlight anything you put on them. The clear acrylic sides reflect the neon bottoms to create a glowing effect. Measuring 11 by 7 inches, they're right-sized for storing cosmetics, markers and pens, or small office supplies.

Buy It: OnDisplay Electric Neon Stackable Trays, $11.99, Overstock

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Ikat pattern gets a wake-up call in neon hues. These 20-by-20-inch pillows bring a fresh burst of energy to your living space or bedroom. Featuring a polyester cover and a feather filling, they're sold as a set of two in the same color. Pair with neutral furnishings to keep the pillows in the spotlight.

Buy It: Safavieh Pillow Collection Throw Pillows in Neon Citrus, $68.05 for two, Lowe's

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These hand-painted wooden bowls can add pretty and practical storage all over the house. The miniature size (1 1/4 inches tall, 2 1/4 inches in diameter) suits either olives or jewelry. They're sold as a set of three that includes neon orange, green, and pink color-blocked designs.

Buy It: Neon Wood Bowls, $24.99, Etsy

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This arrow wall charm makes the ideal addition to a gallery wall. The die-cut wood design is handpainted with polka dots, stripes, and a neon arrowhead. The 8-inch charm comes pre-punched with a hole and ready to hang.

Buy It: Arrow Wall Charm in Neon Orange, $18, The Great Lakes Goods

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A classic midcentury shape is reimagined in neon green with these dining room chairs. Sold as a set of four, they sit on walnut wood legs, which make the electric-hued seats pop even more. The molded plastic design easily wipes clean for quick after-dinner cleanup.

Buy It: DSW Eiffel Dining Chair in Neon Green, $180.23 for set of four, Houzz


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