With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I thought I’d look at decorating with a color I rarely use, but have a lot of respect for…Red!
Red adds drama. Even just one or two touches of this bold color in a room will cause your heart rate to quicken, your pupils to swell and your internal temperature to rise. Red is energetic and passionate, even seen as devilish or scandalous. Because of the emotions associated with the color, decorating with red is bold and exciting.
High-octane yellow-tinted red tones can make you feel energized and alive, while subtler, old-fashioned purplish shades― like burgundy or maroon―can evoke a cozy or country vibe. Either way red is a statement color and not one to be used without careful consideration.
Be sure to follow these simple tips when decorating with red:
- The best way to start using red is through easily-interchangeable accessories such as pillows, lampshades or a small rug. You’ll see that just a little bit of red can go a long way!
- Be sure that you have other colors in the room to ground your red pieces such as chocolate brown, navy blue or deep jewel tones. Random red pieces in a room otherwise filled with neutrals could look mis-matched.
- The color red is known to stimulate the appetite so a good place to start using it would be a dining room or eat-in kitchen.
- Be sure that the style of your home works with the appropriate red color. Contemporary homes should chose bold, bright reds for a bright pop of color. More traditionally styled homes should look to softer, chalkier reds to create warmth and drama.
- Red is known for being a passionate color, but if you want to use it in the bedroom be careful not to use too much or too bright a tone, as your room could be far too energetic for sleep!
- The safest colors to pair with red are white and black. The black/white/red look can be classic or contemporary depending on the styling.
- Red is an intense color and thus it can keep up with other statement pieces in a room such as an huge windows, a dramatic mirror, or an ornate headboard.
- Rugs are an easy way to pull red into a room without it being overwhelming. Many traditionally styled rugs have subtle shades of red throughout.
Get ready to be supercharged with inspiration. Below are some beautiful rooms from around the web that use red appropriately. Click on photo for source.