Neon green, the brightest shade of green, is composed of green, red and blue. In order to create this eye-catching, vibrant shade, you first need to combine colors yellow and blue to make its base. Then, by adding more yellow into the mixture, you will achieve the desired effect. The hex code for neon green is #39FF14.
How it all started
In 1898, two British chemists (William Ramsay and Morris W. Travers) discovered the gas neon when they isolated it in their atomic spectometer. Soon after, French engineer Georges Claude invented neon lights and their mass production has begun. Neon signs were popping up all over Paris, soon to take America by storm. Most cities in the US were glowing in, at that point, sensational neon light.
Apart from advertising, neon colors were also used on signage and industrial clothing. As highly visible colors, they were meant to draw a passerby’s attention to a warning sign or increase the visibility of workers that were employed in dangerous locations.
Throughout the 30s and the 40s, neon was on the rise in the art world. Its artistic, fascinating glow was described as ’one of the great modern things’ by Andy Warhol. That is also when Robert Switzer, co-inventor of the Day-Glo Paint, invented fluorescent dyes, paints and penetrants. Even though, once a symbol of glamour and modern age, neon lost its initial popularity in the 60s, and it became associated with seedier part of cities or locations which were advertisement hubs. At the same time, neon served as an inspiration to some visionary artists, such as Joseph Kosuth and Dan Flavin, whose influential neon artworks helped pave the way for neon art to re-emerge as cultural medium again.
Today, neon colors are taking over again. Whether in art, fashion, advertisement signs, these intense, bold colors are expected to stick around for a long time.
Fun fact: Contrary to popular belief, if the color of the neon sign is not red-orange, then it is not neon. To produce colors other than red-orange, there have to be other gases included.
The meaning of neon green
It is said that brighter colors make us feel more happy, cheerful, optimistic. However, colors such as neon green, which are extremely bright versions of primary and secondary colors, can have a much more energizing effect on a person. For some people, it can even be irritating or annoying to stare at a wall painted in neon green. While green is associated with tranquility and has a calming effect on both the mind and psyche, neon green can make one feel more alert. Due to the fact that neon colors are ultra-bright, they can be associated with warning and danger.