Neon shades may look great when you're using them to update your favorite wardrobe staples, but they are equally compelling when you add them to your home decor. Here, we've found ways to add this zingy shade to every room in your home. Which neon accent will be your new favorite?
The Spring 2012 runways — think Cut25, Christian Siriano, Peter Som, Altuzarra, and Jason Wu — took a no-holds-barred policy on ultrabright pops of color. We're talking fluorescent green, neon yellow, electric orange, and shocking hot pink. But this fixation on fluoro doesn't veer into wild '80s-style territory; its artful execution is all in the accent. From a patent leather skinny belt and dress ruffles to colorblocked heels and bold bags, there are a ton of ways to express your knack for neon styling. Plus, who doesn't love an eye-catching wardrobe maneuver? Just scroll through below for 30 of our editors' highly pigmented picks now, and tell us — how will you be wearing the neon trend this Spring?
If you're looking to add pattern or color to walls and doors but are hesitant to hang wallpaper, consider a temporary alternative. Tape can look surprisingly similar, and with a variety of widths, patterns, colors, and levels of opaqueness, it can be even more versatile than wallpaper or paint. I've rounded up some of the most dazzling yet achievable examples of tape art from around the web. Keep clicking to see if there is a design you're tempted to replicate. I know I have my eye set on a couple!
Neon hues are incredibly hot right now, but they can be a bit overwhelming. My favorite way to play with this trend is to incorporate smaller doses of a bright shade into a dominantly neutral room, like designer and stylist Raina Kattelson's room below. The modern silhouettes and stark black and white palette suddenly come to life with the shock of a bold chartreuse wall. So, whether you gravitate toward a quieter palette or a color-drenched one, working in neon shades is easier than you may think.
I love the idea of choosing a highlighter shade of yellow for this otherwise traditional Puhalo Striped Rug ($220). It would make such a statement in a room dominated by soft grays.
This Utility Chartreuse Pendant Lamp ($40) mimics the same vibrant shade on Raina's walls. I think hanging several of them together in a bright white room would look stunning.
Bent Wood Thonet Side Chairs in hot magenta pink ($150) would look so chic surrounding an ebony dining table.
Depending on how bold you're feeling, you could either mix in a couple of pink chairs at just the ends of the table or you could opt for pink all around.
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Sunny and bright are typically synonymous with Spring and Summer; but when we're talking about vibrant neon hues, never assume they're season specific. The trick to making bold colors work for your cold-weather getup is embracing them in cozy knits, cool accent pieces, and wowing pops of color. We're getting you up to speed right here with five ways to utilize your neoprene hues right now. From sporty bright blues to a hot-pink party frock, click through to see how you can wear neon all the way through Winter.
>> Our new favorite bracelets don't just look chic — they also give something back. Pura Vida was founded by two friends who, while on a postgraduation surf trip in Costa Rica, became enamored with the local artistans' brightly colored bracelets and decided to sell them back home in San Diego. Now, the company is just over a year old and a runaway success; the bracelets (priced $5 to $12 each) sell at over 700 stores across the US — including Nordstrom and American Eagle Outfitters — as well as on the Pura Vida website, and the company currently employs 25 artisans in Costa Rica full-time to create 15,000 bracelets a week. "Now the bracelets are everywhere and we see strangers wearing them — at bars, restaurants. The connection we feel when that happens is so sweet," Pura Vida cofounder Griffin Thall says. In addition to providing work for artisans in Costa Rica, Pura Vida also donates 1 percent of its profits to The Surfrider Foundation. Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite pieces from the collection — click through to shop them all.
At left: Pura Vida bracelets layered with watches and other pieces, as spotted at a recent market appointment in New York City.
>> Here's an unexpected color combination that looks just right for early Fall. Neon lime and cherry red may seem a bit unorthodox, but this street-snapped ensemble is all about balance — a black trench and earthy-toned booties temper the vividness of the bag and dress, while a smear of red lipstick brings the whole thing together. Click through for similar finds to make this super-chic look your own.
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>> What better way to celebrate the start of the weekend than with pieces that pop. Bring on the sweltering temperatures — we know we'll stay cool in Popsicle hues. From a colorblock Marc by Marc bangle to a glossy Kate Spade clutch (with the cutest tropical clasp), these are the pieces we have to have right now.
1) Christopher Kane Keke Lace Top, $745; 2) House of Harlow 1960 Audrey Sunglasses, $110; 3) Kate Spade Clutch, $225; 4) Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte in Orange Shiver, $34; 5) Richard Ginori Protea Salad Plate, $75; 6) Michael Kors Vachetta Sandal, $595; 7) Marc by Marc Jacobs D2 High Tide Colorblock Bangle, $68
Cute printed skirt? Check. Sparkly cardigan? Check. Killer shoes? Check. Fab reader thestylesafari could have stopped right there and had a totally cute outfit, but she really took it to the next level of fashion-forward ingenuity by adding a neon blouse. The surprise of neon green with soft pink feels fresh, and the eclectic mix of pattern, texture, and color works brilliantly together.
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