Ideas for a Black Light Room


The right decorations for a black light room change it from a plain dark room to an artistic expression. Black lighting, or UV lights, are typically paired with black or other deeply colored walls and glow-in-the-dark decorations. It's these decorations that make all the difference in a black light room.

Laundry Detergent

  • When looking at laundry detergent swirling around in a washing machine, it may be hard to imagine it as a wall decoration. Liquid laundry detergent glows under UV or black lights due to the chemical agents added to remove stains and dirt. Use this as an advantage in decorating a black light room. Use the detergent as you would paint. The thickness of the liquid prevents the substance from running, making the job neat and without need for drop cloths or protective tape. Consider painting a mural on one wall that will only show when the black lights are on. Large symbols or names in graffiti form present another option. Try painting simplistic stripes or geometric shapes around the room for a contemporary look.


  • String is a versatile object. Low in cost, string can be formed into almost any shape. When working with UV or black light, the string becomes a decorating tool. White twine glows in the dark, as does fishing line. Available at most retail outlets, string's low cost allows the decorator to create large projects for a small amount. The twine glows white, the fishing line glows green. Create pictures on the walls in the form of spiderwebs, skulls or geometric shapes with the string. Attach the string to the wall with hot glue or epoxy-based adhesives for permanency. For a temporary design, use double-sided tape. Consider hanging string from corner to corner. This gives the appearance of glowing lines floating in the air under the black lights. For an additional touch, interrupt the flow of the glow by marking areas on the string with a black marker. These areas will not glow under the light.

Fluorescent Tulle

  • Tulle is a type of material used in crafting and sewing. Similar to fine netting, the material is available in fluorescent varieties at most craft stores. This material glows under black light. Patterns are available to create flowers from tulle to place around a black light room. Cut small pieces of the material and tie in the middle with white twine to form bows of all sizes. Cover table tops with the tulle or create curtains from the substance.

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