Nothing says life like the color red. It’s everywhere around us on a daily basis. But for some people, it represents a dangerous zone that they’re not really sure they would be comfortable living with. We’ve been programmed to think red is hot, flashy and cheap. I tend to disagree.
Red is actually a great color, when it’s not overdone. Being a strong color, it makes a bold statement and you have to be very careful to know what statement you want to make. While it’s probably not a good choice for a master bedroom or a little girl’s room, it can add a lot of warmth and depth to living rooms, family rooms, dens, home offices, etc.
Like any other color, reds come in different shades. In order to make a room feel more cohesive, it’s best noted to stick with the same shade of red within an entire home. Brighter reds work better for contemporary while black reds and rusty reds work better for traditional interiors. Here are some samples images where I think the designers have shown good taste in using the color wisely. If you want to spice up your interior, think about adding some red accents to your room. But the back of your bedroom door probably isn’t the best choice.
Red, white and some blue ocean. Summer is here. Adding vintage, retro-styled barstools brings informality and a sense of fun.
With an entirely red sofa, complete with sculpted camel back, there’s little reason to add more red into this room. The contemporary pillows make a nice contrast in style and the white walls and chair help accentuate the sofa without competing with it.
Red always makes a contemporary room feel like a party. Notice the small amounts and the effect it has. It always feels like more than it is.
Classical lines and a dappling of red mix well. Here, the feeling is somewhat European and eclectic. Easy to live with. Easy to change with the season.
Adding red to the canopy makes the whole bed feel much more dramatic than if they had played it safe. And just a couple small repeats of color in the rug and the lamps make the room complete. A bold statement with little expense.
The relief of the lacquered white floors and white lamps make this room red hot! Less is more.
The mix of darker reds, patterns, and the layering of textiles and objects make this room feel like someplace you could spend hours. It’s interesting and informal but speaks of quality.