Spring is a fresh start. Everything seems to lighten & brighten as we shed the outer layers of Winter. Injected with a rush of sunshine, I want to capture the invigorating feeling from the outdoors and bring it inside my home.
It's an old artist's trick: First, choose your focus. Then, dim the lights on everything else. Now, you have your star in the spotlight.
Neon colors are almost unbearably bright. They are highly saturated colors with the effect of being lit from within. The use of neon color is most commonly seen in garish freeway signs or drugstore marketing. Neon color, like anything intense and speedy, is easily abused and almost never used with moderation. Slowly turn up the volume, and suddenly, it's too loud. A pop of color gone haywire.
The key is to harness the power of color without letting it take over. Like taming a wild bull, it must be done swiftly and deftly, and with a strong hand of restraint. When neon is used sparingly, against a cool, mellow background, it can be sublime.
These Mikado inspired pillow covers are the perfect example of using neon color in a sophisticated way. The delicate neon graphic features thin intersecting lines set against a tonal grey. The grey plays the perfect foil for the neon, letting it shine. These pillow covers were handmade in Mallorca, Spain by Moira Neilson of Paleolochic. She has a unique range of housewares and original patterns inspired by natural elements and the Mediterranean environment. These and other select designs by Moira Neilson are available at MUSE.
$36 each. Each pillow cover measures 18" x 18". The front is 100% linen in silver grey with ecological vinyl. The back is 100% cotton, and there is an invisible zipper along the side. Gently wash inside-out, delicate cycle. Do not tumble dry.