Bright acid colors faithful companions of the 1990s era, when techno and rave appeared in pop culture. In recent years, designers are increasingly turning to the recent past, and this spectacular trend simply could not fall out of the sight of professionals. Today, active, self-sufficient tones are found both in excessively eclectic, maximalist interiors, and in projects in a classic style.


The question of whether fluorescent (acid) color is appropriate in a residential interior has long remained open: while decorators experimented with bold combinations, psychologists studied the effect of color on a person. It’s no secret that fluorescent colors literally hurt the eye, but in some interiors they turn out to be so spectacular that without these shades, the composition literally falls apart.

Where is the fine line between bad taste and masterly work with acid colors? We tell you how to make friends with this rare animal so that you don’t want to run away from home from fashion trends in the interior.

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What it is?
Fluorescent colors (photo) have long been the prerogative of the textile industry and plastics manufacturers, but with the advent of techno fashion they migrated first to public and then to residential interiors.

A bright, flashy shade is formed due to special pigments that are present in many synthetic materials. fabrics, paints, glass products and wallpapers. Technically, materials can be of two types simple and glow in the dark.

Anna Gili Design Studio

In the first case, we are dealing with simple synthetic-based paints made with the addition of fluorescent pigments. – Tthe shades seem to glow from within. But in the second case, they literally glow: in daylight they are perceived as standard acrylic paints, and in the dark, heated particles give off an inner glow.

However, in modern realities, fluorescent colors are any overly bright tones. Given the richness of the palette of key manufacturers of paints and textiles, such materials are safe for the interior.

Design Bureau “ORDER OF THINGS”

Indications for use
Like any bright hue, fluorescent colors help to set accents, enliven the environment and create points of attraction for the eye. If the interior lacks energy and emotional charge, acid accents will solve the problem both on a decorative and psychological level.

It is worth considering the influence of color primarily in the bedroom and nursery: an overabundance of active colors can prevent sensitive natures from relaxing and falling asleep.

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Do we use it globally or locally?
Vivid hues in large quantities are shocking: before you paint a wall in acid blue, imagine how you would feel in such an environment every day. However, so that a large color accent does not draw all attention to itself, the palette can be compiled on the basis of two tones equal in visual impact. and be sure to balance them with neutral colors, for example, white, as in the photo.

Nikita Kozlov

Fluorescent colors are less intimidating in poorly lit rooms Although It all depends on the specific lighting situation. Therefore, before repairing, it is reasonable to paint the sample in order to understand how the shade will behave. Much more delicate introduce bold color through details such as curtains or upholstery, and back it up with colorful neon lighting.

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Scott Sanders LLC

Fluorescent Mix
Several fluorescent shades mixed in one interior always create a spectacular picture. In practice, you will have to measure seven times, cut once» – and get acquainted with the canonical color wheel.

Win-win color pairs work because they are natural for our perception. In this case, the excess color is extinguished by the feeling of its opposite, so a well-formed interior in bright colors does not cause rejection.


The sharper the contrast between the main colors used, the more expressive the visual effect. However, delicate blotches of fluorescent shades work just as well. for example, in a pair, when one bright object rhymes with decorative details of the situation.

Win-win move use one or more accents on a white minimalist background. Such a palette eloquently indicates the main characters of the interior.

Thompson Bradford Architects Ltd

Playing with style
Neon colors are associated with youth fashion, but this does not mean that they have no place in a classic interior. Unexpected details like a colored baseboard or an orange frame will reveal the ironic and playful nature of the classic style.

Dmytro Aranchii Architects

Fluorescent colors can also be set in a futuristic way: in this case, the color will be supported by rounded outlines of objects, glossy surfaces and active lighting.

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Judith Mathon / Diagnostic Deco

In the kitchen
Kitchen an ideal environment for experimenting with bright colors, and not only because there is an increasing desire to move away from typical headsets to fresh, saturated solutions. The fact is that bright shades increase appetite: if you are not one of those who have been on a diet all your life, take a closer look at colored facades or aprons, as a last resort to juicy textiles or dishes.

Brian O’Tuama Architects

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Acid tones look especially advantageous in interiors in black, white and gray (see photo). Other Successful Companions for Fluorescent Flowers beige, brown and all variations on the theme of natural shades.


Cheerful morning
Bright colors not only improve appetite, but also help to wake up. If your morning is rarely peppy, it’s time to think about renovating the bathroom – and instead of a neutral range, choose a juicy basic shade or at least complement the interior of the bathroom with bright details.

Irene Sagripanti

So that fluorescent shades do not hurt the eyes, they can be balanced with deeper, calmer tones – for example, rich red, as in the photo.

Nina Frolova

Rodriguez Studio Architecture PC

Make way for art
The easiest way to create a playful mood is with the help of details – from bright household appliances and decorative elements to works of art.

Fluorescent colors (photo) – the basis for works in the style of pop art or graffiti frescoes. Sometimes wallpapers become real works of art: almost all key manufacturers have samples using acid colors – from Cole & Son to Osborne & Little.

Exit to the exterior
The interior trend is in a hurry to enter open spaces. For example, this building in Rotterdam (Netherlands) was built by the famous architectural bureau MVRDV. Bright blue facades and roofs seem to argue with the sky, whose hue is richer.


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