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How to Use RED in Interior Design

You may have a favourite colour and yet when you sue it as a colour in your home, it doesn’t seem to work somehow. We are entering autumn, a season where red, orange and golden yellows come top of the list.

But how do you add red to your home?

Red

A great colour to work with

Radiating warmth, red in the home is the perfect colour for adding zap and zing to a room whilst adding a visual element of warmth too.

But it is a strong colour and if you choose one with a pink base, you may find it looks a little ‘teenage bedroom from the 80s’.

Go modern

The red in this space oozes modern appeal with a vibrant note that sits well alongside all the other colours. The browns and beiges all come from the same palette with the brass finish above the stark white fireplace giving this a pleasant appeal.

The red is a darker shade too, something that means it can be used ‘safely’, without being too stark or overdone.

Start with accessories

You may not want to go the full hog and use a deep, vibrating red on the walls. Being cautious is no bad thing and so when it comes to red, why not add red accessories, just like these scatter cushions on the bed?

You can emulate this in the living room too. Red is the perfect colour to use alongside so many that it is hard to find a colour that doesn’t work well with it. The bright white sheet is tempered by muted tones in the rest of the bedroom in this shot and that means no colour becomes too bright and stark.

Red wall

Choose a paint colour that has a deep base to it and not the pinky hue that we sometimes see coming through, especially in larger expanses of red painted walls.

This red wall would work well with a light wood floor in the living room, the hallway or even the bathroom.

With a whitewash over the top, it can soon be painted over for the lighter colours that will undoubtedly come along with spring.

An exciting, vibrant colour

Red is a colour that is exciting in a space. It can define and refine other objects around it, similar to this avant-garde concrete floor and modern white pedestal dining table.

It can be tempered and tamed or you can let it run free against the backdrop of your fitted furniture, whether that is the living room or bespoke sliding wardrobe solutions in the bedroom.

It works in so many colour combinations it is hard to know where to start. But navy blue is one of the in-vogue colour this winter and so red, sitting alongside dramatic navy blue walls with taupe to temper these strong colours makes an ideal tripartite colour scheme. A perfect scheme for the living room, we feel.

Using red in any room is a challenge but also an opportunity to make more of the fitted furniture solutions you have opted for. Is it a colour you have used?

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