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Originally published Friday, June 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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Neon hues give spring décor punch

Go sassy with small doses of neon.

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The neon brights that peppered the 1980s are back, in fashion and décor. Highlighter hues and glow-in-the-dark tints provide a shot of adrenaline after a few seasons of mellow, mushroomy color palettes.

Of course, these colors aren’t for everyone. But if you’re ready to play, here is some expert advice on how to go sassy.

Tanika Nayak, an interior designer and shelter-show host on HGTV and the Food Network, says the key is to make them look up-to-the-minute and not circa 1983.

“Use neon in small doses,” she advises. “You don’t want to blind anyone.”

Los Angeles-based designer Byron Samayoa’s laser-cut coasters embossed with elemental information were not initially intended to be neon acrylic.

“The coasters found their way to neon via the creative process — my original idea was to start with a wood set and a clear acrylic set, but every time I went back to my samples, the neon ones always stood out from the rest.” Set of four: $20. shop.bplusshop.com

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