Neon Colors: In the home?

Stimulating and energetic or dizzying and overwhelming? Would you use neon colors in your home?

Though we refer to more than one color as “neon”, technically speaking neon is only the bright reddish-orange color produced with the gas neon. All other colours are generated with the other noble gases or by many colours of fluorescent lighting.

Neon was discovered in 1898 by the British chemists Sir William Ramsay (1852–1916) and Morris W. Travers (1872–1961) in London. Neon was discovered when Ramsay chilled a sample of the atmosphere until it became a liquid, then warmed the liquid and captured the gases as they boiled off. The gases that boiled off, in addition to nitrogen, oxygen, and argon, were krypton, xenon, and neon. The characteristic, brilliant red color that is emitted by gaseous neon when excited electrically was noted immediately; Travers later wrote, “the blaze of crimson light from the tube told its own story and was a sight to dwell upon and never forget.”

The blaze of crimson light from the tube told its own story and was a sight to dwell upon and never forget. – William Ramsay

Bangkok University Creative Center | Thailand

Super Machine

Supermachine surrounds the internet centre with a space-ship like green pod  and covers a 180 square-meter wall a “Lo-Fi pixel wall”. 10,000 custom-made rotating four-sided plastic pieces in differing colors.

80 Dekalb | Brooklyn, New York

Della Valle Bernheimer

It’s a combination of a fitness center with a diverse entertainment program i.e. screening room, gaming area, and demonstration kitchen as separated by a folded ceiling/wall covered in a metallic, patterned paper that reflects the color below adding to the colorful atmosphere of the room. The walls give way to the gym and screening room with deep grey tones and punctuated lighting. In contrast, the opposing rooms close to the terraces bear more resemblance to the adjacent outdoor space. A low wall of bamboo on the terraces furnishes the exterior lounges that serve as a backdrop for the interior lounge. The canopy folds downward to form a sweeping bench and bar for the residents.  – Momoy

Ambulance Garage Home | Rotterdam, Nederland

Doepel Strijkers Architects

A former ambulance garage in the center of Rotterdam next to a hidden park. Replacement of the rear wall by a large glass window creates a direct relationship with it.

The “dugout” in the middle of the building height to generate an extra floor. A light box of polycarbonate with integrated LED lights contains the bedrooms and spans the space above the kitchen.

Disco Chair

Kiwi & Pom | Wallpaper* Magazine  Commission

Commissioned by Wallpaper* Magazine, the Disco Chair is a bespoke illuminated furniture concept. Constructed from 200 linear metres of Electroluminescent wire, the chair transforms into a neon rainbow when powered. A pulse setting enables the chair to flash on and off creating an instant disco installation.

Interiors found on Momoy. Neon history adapted from Wikipedia.

Author: evad
David Sommers has been loving color as COLOURlovers' Blog Editor-in-Chief for the past two years. When he's not neck deep in a rainbow he's loving other things with The Post Family (, a Chicago-based art blog, artist collective & gallery.