Light It Up: 6 Glow-in-the-Dark Home Decor Ideas

If your place is a little drab, consider this bright idea as a pick-me-up: glow-in-the-dark home decor. That’s right, luminescent accessories aren’t just for kid parties and raves—they have also found a permanent spot in people’s homes, in the form of tiles, pavers, murals, and more. Check out these illuminating ideas to see all the ways you can make some magic happen. In the dark!

 

 

Turn on the tile

If making a middle-of-the-night trip to the bathroom has you stumbling and fumbling, you can put an end to these problems with glow-in-the-dark tile ($47 per square foot at Susan Jablon Mosaics).

Available in turquoise and sky blue, they give off a soft glow—much gentler than harsh overhead lighting—without upping your electric bill. Aside from bathrooms, we could see these looking amazing in kitchens (midnight snack, anyone?) and swimming pools, too.

 

Driveway meets runway

These glow stones will turn your average driveway into something straight out of a fairy tale. Whether you want to up the wow factor before your next dinner party or just add a touch of whimsy to your yard, these photo-luminescent pebble aggregates should do the trick ($20 per 1-pound bag of 135 stones at Core Glow).

These stones—made of glass, marble, or synthetic resin—contain a proprietary luminescent material that soaks up sunlight, then maintains an afterglow for up to 12 hours, just in time for sunrise. Color choices include blue, green, pink, purple, white, and yellow. They can be used indoors as well.

So what happens if a stone is swallowed by Fido? Never fear, these stones are nonradioactive and nontoxic.

Paving the way

To make your pool or patio pop, you can use glow-in-the-dark pavers ($12 for seven lights at Hayneedle.com). The markers are each fixed to a 2.5-inch nail so you can drive them into the ground. By day, they look like any other border as they absorb light, but at night they’ll light up your garden path or walkway in style.

Luminous lumber

These tricked-out tree trunks bring a touch of cool to your outdoor space—and your guests should have no trouble finding a seat. Artist Judson Beaumont of Straight Line Design builds these on commission; prices vary depending on size and design, but your basic stump starts at $550.

Glow-in-the-dark murals

And let’s not forget the home inhabitants who probably appreciate glow-in-the-dark paint more than all others: kids. Honestly now, what little tyke (or hey, even teenager) wouldn’t love a room like this?

Artist and “neoluminist” Bogi Fabian painted the above masterpiece, but if you don’t have the cash to commission your very own mind-blowing mural, consider purchasing one of Fabian’s glow-in-the-dark prints. This moon print sells for just under $200 for a 24-inch, and approximately $390 for a 59-inch at bogifabian.com.

Or just get a can of glow-in-the-dark paint!

Probably the cheapest way to get your glow on at home is by picking up a can of glow-in-the dark paint ($10 for a 10-ounce can of Rust-Oleum, at most hardware stores or on Amazon.com).

For best results, Rust-Oleum recommends that you apply this paint to a white or light-covered surface. You can paint anything: planters, furniture, ceramic tile, the insides of your cabinets, and more. Here are some surprising things you’ve never considered painting but should.

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