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Continuing my series on the latest interior trends, today is a look at new neons…

Neon was on nearly every catwalk this summer, and now it is entering into our homes by way of bold paints and splashes of colour. Update your décor with accents, rather than an all-over job – think painted windowsills or alcoves, cushions, vases and flouro trims on furniture details. The look is fun and modern and, used with caution, can look sophisticated and chic.

Amos Bed from Go Modern
Amos Bed from Go Modern

Tina Mahony, from top-end Chelsea furniture store, Go Modern (, agrees: “We are seeing the neon trend in lots of collections from Italian brands. It’s in the form of little touches, rather than whole pieces, such as the Bonaldo Amos bed [from £2,230] designed by Giuseppe Viganò. It features a striking neon piping border around its edge. It’s a nod to the trend, which will give a piece longevity.”

Mathias Hahn neon-legged table
Mathias Hahn neon-legged table

Tables from London-based designer Mathias Hahn ( are also a sophisticated reference to bold shades. The E8 Table and matching E8 Bench (from £1,225) both use natural timber for their tops, but have legs, which are available in a choice of popping ‘spot’ colours.


Meanwhile at Oliver Bonas, ( the richly-hued velvet tub chairs (£385) are one of the brand’s current bestsellers and a delightful way of introducing a focal point in the bedroom, especially effective when set against a neutral colour scheme.

New colours from Dulux
New colours from Dulux

An easy way to introduce colour is to paint ‘pops’ in smaller areas, such as the back of shelves, or on smaller pieces of furniture. Consult Dulux’s new Collective Passion palette, which includes fizzy tones of yellow, vibrant blues and candy pinks.

“Fluoro is a trend of the moment with designers accenting their ranges with joyous touches of neon,” reveals Louise Smith, senior Dulux global colour designer. “By combining these intense tones with blond wood, light stone and almost translucent pastels, the look is kept sophisticated and very new.”

Cambridge Kitchens & Bathrooms get colourful

Normally the domain of whites, beiges and natural woods, kitchens are now getting in on the bold look, too. Kitchen designer Erika Zytynska from Cambridge Kitchens & Bathrooms has seen a rise in people wanting to stamp their own personality on a room that was typically one-dimensional.

“Buying a kitchen is a huge purchase so many will still opt for neutral basics, but we’re definitely being asked for more colour in terms of designing the kitchen as a whole. Whether it is a vibrant red splash-back or primary-coloured wallpaper, colour can certainly add a lot more personality. We’re also seeing a rise in clients choosing painted cabinetry in colours, such as cornflower blue and greens.”

Beige, cream and taupe devotees, who will need a bit more convincing, should simply dot around a few highly coloured accessories, perhaps in just one shade, to keep things up to date.

Brights from Nord
Brights from Nord

Cambridge-based Nord (, a Scandinavian design shop, is full of brightly coloured items  from Marimekko cushions (from £32) to the iconic Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto (from £164), which is available with a vivid lacquered seat.

 Tomorrow: the homespun trend

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