Neon Room Aesthetic – How to Create it in Your Home
Have a dead boring room? We’ll show you how to cleverly place neon lights or LED lights in an otherwise humdrum space to turn it into a pulsing, vibing, living experience! We’ve got the best tips for getting the neon room aesthetic in your home, including how to properly light your room with neon or LED lights, plus lots of inspiring images to get that neon vibe just right.
The trick here is to use LEDs to mimic the true neon look. LEDs are an amazing and versatile technology. They’re affordable, energy-efficient, and last a very long time. They’ve been popular for years as decorations for computer gaming rigs and specialty applications, but now more than ever, people are bringing this colorful neon aesthetic right into the main living spaces in their homes.
You can pick up a strand of LED lights at your local electronics store, or, of course, online. They’re available as strips of solid, unchanging colors, or more commonly, as RGB LEDs allowing you to choose any color of the rainbow (within the visible spectrum at least).
Many LEDs are programmable, too, letting you set a lighting pattern that will animate and dance along to you and your friends’ amazement.
OK – onto the inspiration and tips!
Get the neon aesthetic bedroom look using LED lights
Wall art: Mount LED lights behind your framed pictures for a unique look
First, carefully take your art off the wall. If it’s been framed, some frames have a lip that hangs over the canvas, which would make a good spot to tuck the lights away. Usually LED light strips come with a sticky adhesive backing, but if not, you can adhere the strip with a delicate adhesive like carpenter’s tape. If you want a longer-lasting mount, you can use something more substantial like staples if you don’t mind the damage they will do to the back of the frame.
Some clever cord tucking can hide most of the wiring. You’d probably want to mount the art near an outlet. Either that or use a battery powered LED strip.
If you want to take your LED installation to an even higher level with a cleaner look, check out this how-to video from Unity Electric:
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Why these LED light strips are our top pick:
- Comes with a set of 2, either 50ft or 100ft
- If the strips are too long for you, you can cut them to size and they’ll still work. You can also link up the cut pieces!
- Comes with everything you need – power adapter, remote control, and adhesive backing.
Bed: Neon nightlight anyone?
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Mounting an LED strip under your bed or behind the headboard is a piece of cake, since there’s tons of room to hide the lights and power cables, and usually you’ve put your bed next to a wall outlet, anyway.
You’ll also be able to use a more permanent mounting solution, if you want, like metal staples, as long as you don’t mind damaging the underside of your bed. Personally I couldn’t care less what the monsters under there do to decorate, anyway.
Here’s an in-depth DIY guide for mounting LED lights underneath your bed:
You can also light up your headboard:
Bathroom: LED lighting ideas
Mirror: Buy or create a backlit LED vanity mirror
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Buying a vanity mirror might be the way to go for a cleaner look, but it is possible to mount LED strips to a mirror yourself.
If your mirror already has a frame around it, or a gap between the mirror and the wall, you can easily hide the RGB LED strips, which are low-profile and flat, behind it. If you need some great light strips, just check out the ones mentioned at the top of this article.
Here’s a great video of Mike from Modern Builds using a mirror that he had custom created (for only about $150), complete with frosted etched glass, which he then mounts to an LED lightbox to finish with a clean look:
Countertop: Attach LEDs underneath your bathroom countertops
Jazz up your kitchen with LED lights
Kitchens are a perfect place for LED lights. There are plenty of spots to hide them away, and your countertop surfaces (granite, quartz, marble, etc.) offer a wonderfully reflective surface to enhance the look. Here’s a simple guide for setting up under-cabinet LED lighting in your kitchen: