Is this a Thing?

The Case for Adding Neon to Your Room

Day-glo tones are not just for your Burning Man camp.

Jenna Hochman

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Blame it on the popularity of HBO's Euphoria or an entire year with nary a rave (...don't check Bushwick), neon accents are definitely having a moment. A pop of neon — in decor, art, paint, or accessories — gives a space an unexpected jolt of energy, especially among whites and creams, adding interest to neutral and natural settings. In spite of your previous associations, I'm here to tell you that day-glo tones are not just for Zoomers or your Burning Man camp. Neon objects carry with them a spirit of play and joy that is desperately needed in 2021. That said, adding neon to your space requires a delicate hand to avoid any resemblance to an undergrad highlighter party.

For neon styling in the home without compromising sophistication, I gravitate towards rooms with a neutral color palette and clean design; Minimal spaces are primed and ready for neon accessorizing and you can really go wild. Expert level neon technique: mixing fluorescent decor with other colors. 😱 The result is especially impactful when the non-neon colors are muted, belonging to furniture in natural materials like stone, clay, or wood.
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Keep scrolling for your very own (vintage!) neon starter pack:

Goodhouse NYC is a go-to for cool Space Age objects in bold colors. This 1970s Lightolier Mod "Interplay II" desk lamp is designed to mimic an astronaut helmet, complete with adjustable "visor"!

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Not sure where to start the neon party? Amo Domus has the answer: the bar. Stock these neon striped goblets and watch your guests' faces light up when you pass them a glass. This multicolored set means never having to mess with glass markers and I feel really good about that prospect.

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I can see it so clearly: these 90s pop art chairs from Mimi's Shelf distributed around a MCM teak table from Good Behavior or Flipatik. They would also shine tucked into a Lichen dining table.

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The bubble glass vase in a hot pink from Maiven is ready to make your nightstand or entryway really ✨pop✨. Fill it with your Springtime craspedia or edge it up with MCM cocktail stirrers.

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Highlighter yellow in quilt form! Suay's blanket can be your bridge from house festival to cozy cottage — just add baskets and floral ceramics and you're in the English countryside (with edge). Suay Sew Shop offers quintessential future vintage, producing their textiles out of 100% scrap fabrics.

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Sunbeam Vintage coming in hot with the MCM teak silhouettes, this time with an eye-catching neon aqua vinyl upholstery. Place this chair across from a plush sofa in boucle or tweed and watch them duke it out for coolest seating arrangement.

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IYKYK— vintage flatware is its own robust scene within the vintage scene, and collectors go wild for David Tisdale's Memphis designs. This "Electra" set from 1986 is available for your next highlighter dinner party (let's make that a thing!) and would look sick paired with earthen, matte and/or speckled ceramics. Scoop these from Glow Geometric.

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This lil cutie from BAMM BAMM SHOP would shake up the surface of your wooden desk that's been getting so much use this year. Of note: the pearl feet that stabilize the alarm clock and elevate it from Spencer's Gifts to an heirloom (but affordable) Space Age feel.

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This preloved Pottery Barn Kids' rug is exactly the kind of neon and neutral mashup I'm talking about.

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To make fluorescent colors pop, look for plastic silhouettes (vintage only, please!). Pieces made of acrylic or lucite are translucent and appear to glow when light passes through them. This magazine rack was designed by Giotto Stoppino for Kartell in the 1970s, and those are coincidentally the perfect keywords to search for more neon objects.

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Brooklyn's Pretty Space Happy Face is the plug for wavy glassware, and these vintage IKEA vases in an electric blue are a flawless choice. They would look at home on a cream, laminate credenza from Evocative Goods.

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Rugs are an excellent choice to add a heaping dose of neon to your space, due to sheer surface area! This hot pink Moroccan boujaad rug courtesy of Marracreation would certainly do the trick.

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The following objects have sold, though I recommend holding onto any keywords for objects you love to guide your future searches. Happy scavenging!

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Though this unbelievably rare lime 90s plaster unit has slipped away, Phoenix's Spaghetti Valley has a host of boldly colored objects and furniture to explore.

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Look to Soft Spots Shop for a seamless blend of cottagecore decor in electrifying neon shades that would delight Lewis Carroll. Exhibit A: a sweet glass flower candleholder in vibrant green and yellow.

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The Rexite organizer is another understandably ubiquitous object, seen here sold by Maude Essentials. Made by Rino Pirovano for Interdesign in the 70s and made popular by Home Union, these swiveling catchalls come in the most cheerful neon colors.

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IKEA's 2008 Lykta is having its own moment in the vintage space; the abstract mushroom shape is in line with the collective mushroom-shaped decor craze, but this lamp is also a prime specimen of the neon moment! Scoop this lime green pair from UK-based Cherry Pick Studio.

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A decorative Murano glass bowl that got away (single tear), featuring multiple neon hues in an ethereal form

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