The neon aesthetic, also known as “glowwave” has become an incredibly popular trend in the fashion and design world. As the name suggests, the neon aesthetic is reminiscent of going to a dark arcade and basking in the neon lights. A lot of people also think of raves or parties when they think of neon, too. Basically, it’s a lot of fun. So, how do you get this vibe in your bedroom or dorm room? Check out these tips to get started.
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10. Get a Neon Sign (Duh)
One of the most obvious things you can do to achieve the glow aesthetic is to buy a neon sign. You can find ready-made signs from places like Urban Outfitters or Amazon. But you can also buy LED neon cords to create a custom sign to say whatever you want. The great thing about LED is that you don’t have to worry about it getting overheated. If you want to see a great example of how a sign can look in a bedroom, look at the Kendall Jenner house tour.
9. Paint Your Room a Dark Color to Contrast the Glow
If you’re trying to achieve a glowwave vibe in your house, it would make sense to have darker colors on the walls. This way, when the lights go out, the glow will be illuminated even more. Years ago, people would even paint their walls black, add a blacklight lightbulb into a lamp, and go crazy with the rave colors. If you’re in a dorm room, or if your parents won’t let you paint your bedroom, this isn’t going to be possible. However, you could still hang a dark tapestry to get the same vibe.
8. Bright, Vibrant Colors
The amazing thing about neon lights is that they bring bright color into the dark night. And when you’re walking through a city that’s normally filled with so much crime, the neon brings a glow to what would otherwise look very dark and gray. So obviously, if you want to have this 5 in your room, you want to go with some bright vibrant colors. This can be achieved with something as cheap Dollar Store glow sticks, or you can get some colorful lights installed in a lamp. I even recommend getting a gaming mouse that changes colors. I have one of these, and it really does make your desk glow at night.
7. Get Inspired By the Movies
The neon aesthetic is very reminiscent of movies like Blade Runner and Tron. So it only makes sense that you could incorporate that into your decor. It could be as simple as switching over your computer wallpaper, or screen saver on your TV. The next time you re-watch these movies, pay attention to the aspects of the rooms that inspire you. Once you’ve identified that on a list, you can try to buy some of those items.
6. Play Music That Brings the Vibe
Sometimes, music can bring you to a place where you couldn’t go otherwise. If you want to feel the neon aesthetic right down to your soul, I recommend listening to the Drive soundtrack, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, the Tron soundtrack, and anything else that you know will get you into the mood.
5. Set Up a Home Arcade
Obviously, not everyone can afford to have an entire arcade in their house. But it’s actually affordable to buy at least one vintage video game machine. If you’re still living in a bedroom at your parent’s house or a dorm room, check out this mini NES classic emulator instead.
4. Swap Out the Light in the Bathroom
As you can see in the photo above, sometimes switching out a light bulb is all you need to get that colorful glow that you’re looking for. When my brother went to college and got his first apartment on campus, I got him an LED toilet light. As silly as it sounds, it makes the toilet bowl glow all kinds of colors. It’s perfect for throwing parties and impressing your friends.
3. Glowing Bottles
This next idea is a super fun craft that you can make to help give your room a colorful glow. All you need are glass bottles, glow in the dark paint, and battery powered fairy lights. The bottles and lights are both easy to find for just $1 each at the Dollar Tree, so all you need to buy online or at the craft store is the paint.
2. Have Fun With Glow in the Dark Paint
If you have already taken some of the other steps I mentioned in other bullet points on this list, the next logical step is just to go wild with your glow in the dark paint. Paint your face, and do an Instagram photoshoot. Get ready for a party. Or even paint stars on your furniture or ceiling.
1. Embrace the Urban Feel
You’re not going to find neon lights in the countryside. Obviously, this is a very urban aesthetic. So when you’re choosing your home decor pieces, go for something more urban. For example, if you’re looking for artwork at Marshall’s, you might want to choose a city skyline and totally avoid the cottagecore aesthetic.