Until a few years ago, it looked like neon signs were on the way out. Now, suddenly, the retro-inspired lighting is everywhere. The reason? Everything old is new again, and it’s one of the many '80s-inspired trends we can’t get enough of, like millennial pink and terrazzo. And did we mention they're also one of the most popular home trends on Instagram?
While the neon trend is far from new at this point, that doesn’t mean it’s passé either. In the past few years, neon signs have grown up a little, and have gone from dorm accessories to sophisticated statement pieces. Alone, they can make a statement and fill up a wall behind a bed or couch. They can also disrupt a gallery wall for a bit of eclectic whimsy.
Ready to nab one for yourself? Check out a few of our favorites below and get glowing.
Simple, cursive script and white lighting is about as minimalist as neon can get. The perfect “statement wall” piece, it also would fit well in small corners, like over a bar cart.
Once a way of beckoning passers-by to places with scantily clad women, these days, it fits right into the trend of women-centric apparel and décor.
Speaking of things that are trendy right now, this neon sign allows you to take your plant parent lifestyle to the next level.
Neon’s retro vibes are perfect for something reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s pop art aesthetic.
Traditional neon is expensive. LED is an affordable, energy-efficient solution that can get you the same look for way less.
Neon is especially good for graphic shapes that are immediately recognizable, like this bold lightning bolt.
Based in California, Neon Signs Shop makes everything from Instagram-bait décor to the neon signs you’d see at your local bar for Miller Lite.
This little kit lets you change your sign as often as your mood shifts, or you can use the lights to fill bottles for an alternative to small twinkle lights.
Neon’s more subtle side has made it fitting for things like nursery décor. They’re also a chic alternative to nightlights.
Another kid-friendly option, but with a sign this cute there’s no shame in adults scooping up one as well. After all, who doesn't love donuts?
Not finding what you’re looking for? Naturally, Etsy has a shop that specializes in custom orders. They can do text-based or image-based designs, and will even work from your napkin sketches or pictures.