Neon hues punch up summer decor

The Associated PressJune 13, 2013 

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Coasters of neon acrylic etched with symbols from the Periodic Table of Elements from



    At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, the nation's most influential expo for home decor, which closed last week in New York, designers continued to push boundaries with innovative materials and 3-D technology, but the standout looks were more about color, luxurious finishes and, most important, a sense of fun.

    Here are five of the biggest emerging or amplified trends that will hit stores and websites during the next 12 months:

    • Copper: This finish continued to be a trend, the return of some sheen and sparkle to the post-recession decorating landscape. Kaikado premiered a line of copper tea canisters, and Iacoli & McAllister's copper chandelier was a showstopper.

    • Color: The bright mood at took its most literal forms in color palettes. The felt Bespoke Acoustic wall coverings by Anne Kyyro Quinn not only absorb sound but also arrest the eye.

    • Levity: Whimsical designs prevailed. Charming bedside tables and book holders by Thing Industries took the form of wall-mounted birdhouses. At Wanted, Debra Folz showed oak stools braided with colorful leather spiral strips, and Sinje Ollen covered an Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair in hand-knitted, hand-dyed merino wool.

    • LEDs: The slow, inevitable march to energy-efficient lighting took more steps forward as designers found new ways of configuring tiny LEDs, including the Heracleum II, designed by Bertjan Pot for the Dutch group Moooi.

    • Gray woods: If it wasn't official before, it is now: Gray wood is the new chocolate brown.

    Los Angeles Times

The neon brights that peppered the 1980s are back in fashion.

Highlighter hues and glow-in-the-dark tints provide a shot of adrenaline after a few seasons of mellow, mushroom-y color palettes.

Of course, these colors aren't for everyone. But if you're ready to play, here are some fun options and expert advice on how to go sassy but stylish.

Tanika Nayak, an interior designer and shelter-show host on HGTV and the Food Network, loves bright hues. She says the key is to make them look up-to-the-minute and not circa 1983.

"Use neon in small doses," she advises. "You don't want to blind anyone. My favorite use of neon is against a crisp white backdrop. In a dining room, start with a glass table, white walls and pop it with bold colorful neon dinnerware, placemats, and vases - affordable and fun. If you dare to go even bolder, use neon print accent chairs."

Nayak says balance is everything when working with these powerhouse hues.

"If you have a big, colorful personality and really want that bedroom or bathroom to glow, then go ahead and paint the entire room with your bold color. But balance it with white, black, gray or even a pastel. For example, a bedroom painted in bold green neon can work if the bedding, rug and window treatments offset it with a calming white and/or a pale soft blue," she suggests.

Take the same tack with a bathroom; add light-colored towels and mat to cool things down.

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