How to use Red in your Home Decor


In honour of Valentine's Day, I thought I would do a post on how to use red to decorate your home.  

It's a colour people love to wear but can't figure out how to use it in their decor 
without it looking tacky or childish.

The thing I love about red, is that there are so many shades of this colour 
that it can pair well with almost any other colour to create very distinct mood for any space.

Let's do a walk through the home.

Starting with the front door
nothing pops the curb appeal like a great front door...painted red 
especially with black trim and white windows.  It works for modern and rustic homes.

Red Door

red front door with black and white accents

Red doors work just as well indoors.
This one is from Sarah Richardson's century farmhouse featured in Season 3 of Sarah's House  
This muddy red looks fantastic against the white beadboard, wicker baskets,
vintage hall cabinet and the grey stone floors.

Sarahs House - lots of "muddy" reds at this country home

Dark glossy Walls & a Graphic Floor call for equally bold accents of cherry red (front room upstairs)

Staying in the hallway...
it's always been a favourite of mine for a gallery of family photos in black & white

Red frames for a gallery wall.

Red Tufted Settee makes a statement in the hallway or foyer

As you make your way into the living room
you could be a bit more daring with a piece of furniture
look how amazing the red sofa looks against a dark wall with cream and white accents!

I would call it "masculine chic" yumminess!

The Bernard sofa, accompanied by accent tables & chair from Emerson et Cie, enhance this eclectic room.

Fantasy room! Love black walls

Eclectic design with traditional trim, high gloss modern white table, dark graphite gray walls, and saturated red wings chairs.

Of course, red works well against white walls too
the grey, reclaimed wood floor and ceiling beam in this room
help to make the space more casual against an eclectic mix
of modern and classic furniture pieces

burnt red with rustic floors and vintage pieces

red is a great accent colour with reclaimed wood

Kids rooms can be a lot of fun to decorate 
and red is a perfectly neutral colour that's great for boys and girl's rooms

Mini Piccolini - Red Nursery Inspiration

red white and blue accents is great in kids rooms

Red is known to stimulate the appetite 
making it also great for dining rooms and kitchens 


Elegant Dining Room With Red Accents | via Fabulously French blog | House & Home

Tobi designed the room above with brown walls accented by coral. The chairs, rug and accessories are what make this room!

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Beautiful Red Mirror

paint the inside of your drawers a dramatic red!

Red inside the cabinet is a great way to add a subtle hit of colour.

painted stair railing

love the hit of red in this office space with mossy green walls

And Finally...

From the front door to the backyard
this painted concrete is absolutely amazing against the grey stone tiles and teak wood

Designed by Shades of Green: - Single family residential project in SF Bay Area, CA

So, as you can see
there are so many ways to incorporate red into your space - just give it a try!
If you need some help, just call me.

Red telephone.

All images above and more ravishing red ideas

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