Falling for a trend: Neon
Admittedly, despite best efforts to define my own “true” style, I fall prey to design trends from time to time. I had a hot moment with damask just before it appeared in every store and I longingly eyed chevron stripes but never took the plunge. I caved subtly to nailhead trim briefly last year.
At the moment, I’m flirting with neon. Fluorescent touches are everywhere right now, in fashion, graphic and interior design, and unlike nailhead trim which will probably stand the test of time, I know my neon infatuation is just a springy flirtation after a long grey winter. If I want to indulge in neon, it has to be inexpensive and seasonal.
I’m due for a summer update of my mantel (the one spot I change experimentally every few months) so I decided to take the plunge and try something fluorescent. A quick $20 trip to the craft store later, I had unfinished wooden blocks and neon acrylic paint. I experimented with a few ways to pattern the designs before I found what I liked and ended up with graphic geometric patterns reminiscent of nautical flags.
I like lots of crisp white and natural surfaces (woodgrain, stone, a little metal here and there) so I arranged the blocks with found items around the house to accent the boldly graphic painted designs and create a summery vignette. I’m enjoying my low-committment summer display, but now I have my eye on this. Or this. Or maybe this.
Are you digging the neon trend? Would you ever use it in your home?