What comes to your mind when you think red? Apple, roses, lips? Red is not a timid wallflower; the striking hue has long been associated with passion and fiery energy. But have you ever considered decorating with red at home?
As one of the three basic primary colors, red isn’t the easiest shade to pull off at home. It is, however, perfect for those wanting to make a statement. Interested in learning more? Well luckily for you, our latest Color Series installment is focused on all things red. Keep scrolling for more!
Decorating with Red Accents
Dip your toe into the trend with red accent decor! The strong bold hue is great for making a visual splash in your home.
Red is one of those shades that makes a strong impression at first sight. In this contemporary dining room with clean white cupboards and natural wooden floor, the red lampshade makes its mark, embellishing the whole room with vibrant joy. Against the neutral minimalist tones of this space, the red really pops!
Of course, there are many different kinds of red. My favorite has to this dusty brick red. It may not be as bright as your rubies or candy apples, but it sure makes a statement in this little white corner.
How about some red in the bedroom? It’s important to note that in color psychology, red is associated with making people overly emotional. As such, in a place of rest, red should not be used excessively. A beautiful vintage rug or a soft red-toned throw will do nicely.
Mixing and Matching
So you’re fully on board the red train and can’t wait to integrate the shade into your home? Great! Now let’s see how to match red with other colors.
I’m so jealous of the people who get to work in this office! It’s clean, cozy and calm, with all the style coming from those shades of red. Matching red with light colors is the easiest way to work this hue into your aesthetic. My favorite part of this office is the pink wall, which works to add balance to the red and white.
Meanwhile in this dining room, carefully chosen neutrals ensures that this color combination remains classically elegant. I love how the white patterned rug and the gold trimmed table work together to counterbalance the intensity of the red vinyl chairs.
Bored with monochrome? Try matching red with bright colors to bring a vibrant and fresh look to your space. Think bright cerulean blue, or warm sunshine yellow. Pop art lovers in particular are sure to love this look.
Green might not be the first color that comes to mind when searching for vibrant red’s partner in crime, but here’s why it should. Isn’t this mix of soft pastel green and bold red just so soothing to the eye? I like how this space also offers a slight nod to contemporary Japanese style.
Another way to incorporate green into a red aesthetic is through our favorite greenery! Be careful not to go overboard here though – a ‘less is more’ philosophy is key to balancing these two hues.