Red can be bold, sexy, warm, aggressive and timeless. One thing it is not ― it’s never boring. As already hinted, it’s a strong color and one that should be used thoughtfully and carefully in home decorating. It heightens the senses and so it can be too stimulating or too distracting for a room that requires some downtime.
When it comes to working with this color, less is often more. If you can’t commit to a roomful of red, then you can use pops of it through accessories. A sprinkle of reds can already fill the space with its burst of color.
Used wisely, red can draw attention to things often overlooked in a room. It can be intriguing, inviting and enticing. When you want a statement piece, no other color works just as well as red.
1. Red Asian master bedroom
Red walls with black trims wrap this Asian master bedroom with drama and a sense of mystique. Clean straight lines add a modern flair while the crimson backdrop brings vitality to this roomful of neutrals.
Colors used with red in this room: Grey, black and brown.
This red country-styled chinoiserie lets the light bounce and create an airy look. The prints livens up the space and adds a sense of play while the copper mirror, walls sconces and crystal chandelier add warmth as well as elegance to this powder room. The figurine beside the sink is a nice touch that ties everything together.
Colors used with red in this room: Grey, white, orange, black, brown and a touch of violet.
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The red walls in this powder room certainly arrests attention. Yet it also draws the eyes upwards to the elaborate patterns on the upper walls. Partnered with a neutral, red can have a soft look.
Colors used with red in this room: Grey, black and brown.
Red is a natural color for the kitchen because it stimulates appetite. It’s also a color of passion and this overwhelmingly red galley kitchen evokes a passion for food or cooking. The glossy red cabinetry looks elegant while the two-toned backsplash add contrast and texture. The beam ceiling contrasts beautifully for a lived-in fresh look.
Colors used with red in this room: Grey, white, brown, pink and touches of black.
This large foyer has plenty of room for reds. The whites and browns are muted while pops of violet stand out. The room doesn’t feel overwhelming because it used warm shades of red to make it feel cozy and interesting.
Colors used with red in this room: White, violet and brown.
Brick walls, cherry-toned fixtures and red upholstery create a rustic ambience to this master bedroom. Pops of green stand out and provide visual interest while the tall ceiling and ample natural lighting offset the rustic background.
Colors used with red in this room: Green, brown, orange, white, black and grey.
The brick walls and wooden frames complement the red walls, flooring and armchairs. The height of the ceiling, ample lighting and muted background also work well with the warm red tones to keep from having too much red in a room.
Colors used with red in this room: Grey, black, brown and a touch of pink.
A subtle almost dark shade of red on the brick walls blend seamlessly with the dark tones of the beam pitched ceiling. The brick walls and neutrals on the furniture create a warm welcome on the foyer.
Colors used with red in this room: Grey, brown and green.
The red walls in this home office is almost tangy. It’s warm and comforting while pops of green and the wooden fixtures mimic the colors of nature. Altogether, the color scheme is stimulating without being distracting.
Colors used with red in this room: Green, brown, orange, yellow and black.
A red wall with an artwork of a gray stallion at the center is the focal point and showstopper in this family room. The muted colors of the draperies, sectional and flooring recede in the background while pops of blue and red keep the space lively and jazzy.
Colors used with red in this room: Grey, blue and brown.
This bright red kitchen stand out against its grayish surrounding. The glossy sheen of the cabinetry looks bright and cheerful while visually adding length and space to the long and narrow kitchen space.
Colors used with red in this room: Grey and touches of green, brown and orange.
This home office is bold, stunning and dramatic all at the same time. The bloody red walls pump the space with energy and vitality while adding more punch to the oversize artwork on the central wall.
Colors used with red in this room: Brown and touches of yellow, blue, green and pink.
Pink-tinged tones create a soft look to the red walls. The white draperies on the canopy bed, tassels on the bedding and the floral-printed chaise lounge all combine to create a romantic feel to this master room.
Colors used with red in this room: Brown and touches of black, grey and orange.
A layering of red makes this compact reading room feel jovial and sophisticated. The white and red combo on the ceiling and seating create an airy look that’s offset by the vibrant red on the walls and built-in shelving.
Colors used with red in this room: White, brown and touches of orange and blue.
A wall coated in warm rich red packs a punch of drama into this master bedroom. The natural woven carpeting and rug complements while adding visual texture.
Colors used with red in this room: Black, brown, grey and touches of orange and green.
Unvarnished natural wooden tones can pair up with the right shade of red just as shown in this kitchen. The wooden elements create an organic look while the red-coated kitchen looks timeless with black countertops.
Colors used with red in this room: Brown, orange, black and touches of green.
Red walls anchor this home office while making the chocolate brown fixtures look even more luscious. This creates a rustic look that’s capped off by the antique chandelier and cowhide chair.
Colors used with red in this room: Brown, grey and touches of green and blue.
This tiny foyer gets a new lease on life with a coating of warm red on its brick walls. The color blends beautifully with dark neutrals while pops of green, yellow and the tile flooring create focal points.
Colors used with red in this room: Brown, orange, black, grey, yellow and violet.
Red is a color of wealth and sophistication so it’s only a natural choice for this splendind dining room. The golden draperies, chandelier and art frame add to the opulent look.
Colors used with red in this room: Brown and touches of yellow, grey, violet and blue.
Splashes of red fill this game room with a burst of color. Dark stripes softens the look of the flooring while white walls set off the display’s red background.
Colors used with red in this room: Brown, orange and black.
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