Neon Living Colour

Neon is certainly alive and revived from the 80’s. I was lucky enough to live though the 80’s and experience neon the first time around, but luckily nowadays neon is much more stylish and useable. The key to incorporating neon into your life, whether it is into your home or wardrobe, is to do it in small doses. Use your chosen neon colour as an accent to make your interior pop. Also look out for ‘faded’ neons, they look great too and are much more subtle yet still funky and on-trend enough to rock this look. Buy into this trend while it is still summer, and those readers in the Southern Hemisphere – get your neon pieces now to lead this trend and brighten up your winter homes.

Here are a few favourite buys to inject some Living Colour Style into your life:

Ayres table & chairs, Habitat

Ayres table & chairs, Habitat

FADED NEON. A gorgeous simple and modern design, this table and chairs, made from bent plywood has a gentle colour wash in yellow, allowing the grain of the wood to still show through. I love the simplicity and almost toy-like design of the furniture.  Ayres table, £300, chairs, £120 each, Habitat (PS: on sale now – link though to see sale price, be quick!)

 

'La Cerise sur le Gateau' Eiffel Tower with Dots Cushion Cover Pink & 'La Cerise sur Le Gateau' Clogs and Dots Cushion Cover Yellow, Fred & Pickles.

‘La Cerise sur le Gateau’ Eiffel Tower with Dots Cushion Cover Pink & ‘La Cerise sur Le Gateau’ Clogs and Dots Cushion Cover Yellow, Fred & Pickles.

FUN FACTOR. If you are also a fan of ‘the white bedding brigade’, then step outside your comfort zone and spice up your bedding with a set of new pillowcases (you don’t have to commit to a whole new neon duvet set!). Or liven up the sofa or armchair with a hot pink spotty cushion. I guarantee you will smile every time you see them.  ‘La Cerise sur le Gateau’ Eiffel Tower with Dots Cushion Cover Pink & ‘La Cerise sur Le Gateau’ Clogs and Dots Cushion Cover Yellow, £32 each, Fred & Pickles.

 

Green Shoots Pantone Coffee Maker, Berry Red

Green Shoots Pantone Coffee Maker, Amazon

CLASSIC NEON. An old classic gets a mini makeover with a bold neon transformation. And if you were ever in any doubt, the fact that the colour is by Pantone, should give it enough credibility to convince even the biggest colour critic.  Whitbread & Wilkinson Pantone Coffee Maker Green Shoots, £19.98, Amazon.

 

Block Neon Drip Vase in Pink, Red Candy

Block Neon Drip Vase in Pink, Red Candy

DRIP DELUX. Subtle enough not to scare away your partner but uber trendy combining the ‘drip-trend’ and neon in one super cool vase. The perfect accessory with or without a flower.  Block neon Drip Vase in Pink, £21, Red Candy

 

Chartreuse Victorian Decanter Lamp, Little Mill House

Chartreuse Victorian Decanter Lamp, Little Mill House

VAMPED-UP VINTAGE. This is my ‘Must Have’, I have fallen in love with this lamp and have dreamed up so many locations for it in my home that I no longer think that only one is enough. I just fell in love with the vintage decanter style that is funked up with the bright Chartreuse body. Chartreuse Victorian Decanter Lamp, £180, Little Mill House  (PS: They have a sale on, so be quick before I snap them all up)

 

Delightfull T Floor Lamp, LuxDeco

Delightfull T Floor Lamp, LuxDeco

NEON LIGHTING. Taking and making this trend literally, this neon letter signage are the most fabulous floor lamps. I bet you will be tempted once you have seen your own initial lit up. I just had to show you the lime green T.  Delightfull T Floor Lamp, £3110, Luxdeco

 

Neon Wire Candle Sticks, Oliver Bonas

Neon Wire Candle Sticks, Oliver Bonas

WIRED UP. The brightness of these candlesticks show of their gorgeous curvy design beautifully, they will make a great gift or a little spoil for yourself to start off this trend in your own home.  Neon Wire Candle Sticks, Orange, £16, Yellow, £14, Oliver Bonas

 

OPI Neon Nail Colour

OPI Neon Nail Colour

NAILS IN NEON. I just could not resist a neon beauty moment. Work these colourful babies with your summer wardrobe, they scream attention seeker. Sorry boys, this last addition is more for the ladies, unless you can inform me of a clever interior use for nail varnish?  Opi Neon Nail Colour, £19.95 for 6, John Lewis

 

 

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Outdoor Living, Create a Room Outside

Contemporary, Country or Tropical, regardless what your garden trend of choice is this summer, the one thing that they all have in common, is to create a fabulous living area outside. The kind of space that can almost be seen as a second living room. Ideal and easily done if you have doors opening up into the garden or onto the patio. Just add great outdoor lounge furniture and dress them up in the latest colours. But if you have a balcony or small living area this can also be achieved by choosing the right small pieces to suit your space. And even if you have no garden at all, pack a picnic as often as the weather allows and create your own special outdoor room with the added bonus of a different location every time.

Here are a few pretty pictures to inspire you with great pieces of furniture that allows you to buy into the summer dream.

A ROOM OUTSIDE. Create your own outdoor living room with stylish wooden furniture in a contemporary washed colour, complete with upholstered cushions. Dahlia armchair, £349, two seater sofa, £599, all  Marks and Spencer.

Dahlia range, Marks and Spencer

Dahlia range, Marks and Spencer

 

CASUAL DINING. Mix and match your chairs, dinnerware, glasses and accessories for an informal and relaxed feel. House Outdoor Chair, £99, Vernet Reclaimed teak 8 Seater Table, £1500, Ermu Arc En Ciel Outdoor Chairs, £85, all John Lewis.

House Outdoor Chair £99 Vernet Reclaimed teak 8 Seater Table £1500 Ermu Arc En Ciel Outdoor Chairs £85

House Chairs, Vernet Reclaimed Teak Table, all John Lewis

 

CALM AND ROMANTIC. Sun loungers under apple trees, need I say more? Corner off a forgotten corner in your garden with a mosquito net to create a private corner suitable for rest and relaxation. Applaro sun lounger, £95, Hallo sun lounger pad, £35, Lappon net, £30, all Ikea. 

Applaro sun loungers, Ikea

Applaro sun loungers, Ikea

 

BALCONY BLISS. Make the most of small spaces by choosing the right pieces to suit. This cute bistro table and chair set is ideal, perfect for morning croissants and evening cocktails. Bistro set, £60, Wilko.

Bistro set, Wilko

Bistro set, Wilko

 

DINE IN STYLE. If melamine and acrylic dinnerware is not your thing, then go full out and dress your table with a pretty tablecloth, napkins, stemware and crockery, all in the latest blues and greens. Two-colour flute,  £2.99, Tiles tableware from £7.99, Table cloth from £7.99, all Zara Home.

Dressed table, Zara Home

Dressed table, Zara Home

 

SURPRISE YOURSELF. Have fun with an unusual piece like this swing-seat. It’s impossible to resist and will create a great focal point in an otherwise dull corner or the garden. This will soon become your new hideaway. Brown hanging chair, £340, Debenhams.

Hanging chair, Debenhams

Hanging chair, Debenhams

 

STYLISH OUTDOOR LIVING. These weatherproof woven faux rattan pieces have been around a little while now, but it is clear to see why they are so desirable. With very little effort they create an instant outdoor room with a wow-factor to match. Provence set, £549, Wilko.

Provence lounge set, Wilko

Provence lounge set, Wilko

 

SET THE SCENE. We all aspire to have plenty picnics, go on, its much earlier than you think. All you need is a fully stocked hamper, picnic blanket, possibly a cushion and a great scenic spot you can change every week. Hamper, £48.50, Bottle holder, £15, all Marks and Spencer.

Outdooor accessories, Marks and Spencer

Outdooor accessories, Marks and Spencer

 

BLOW THE BUDGET. The ultimate in outdoor living has to be a custom build room perfect for entertaining. Make sure to install the right lighting to create a fabulous moody atmosphere in the evenings. Wall spotlights and free standing lanterns, all John Cullen Lighting.

Lighting, John Cullen Lighting.  Garden design, Randle Siddeley

Lighting, John Cullen Lighting.
Garden design, Randle Siddeley

 

 

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