Why do so many people love the color red when it comes to interior design? There’s a street in my hometown that many people drive to access a popular area of the city. When you travel the street in the evening and glance at the houses that are all lit up inside, you can see that nearly every one of them features a red entryway. Why red? Perhaps it’s the bold nature of the color that screams “look at me,” combined with the fact that red is just plain classy.
Red is also a powerful color, often calling to mind emotions such as love and passion, as well as evoking fire, courage, energy and much more! Then there are the many shades of red, from red-orange and true red to blood red and brick. When it comes to interior design, many people choose to use red as an accent color. After all, if you’re looking to make a big impression, it’s hard to find a bolder shade. Yet some people enjoy painting the whole room red–why not make a giant statement at home? Today we take a look at popular decorating strategies that involve the use of this unforgettable hue…
Mix Red with Crisp Shades of White
One sure-fire way to emphasize red in your home? Mix it with crisp shades of white. In fact, the space below is primarily white, with accents of both red and black. The result: a sophisticated, elegant space with Deco-style touches such as the scalloped fabric from Schumacher that adorns the chair in the lower right corner of the image. [Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey, photo by Grey Crawford for California Home + Design]
The red and white living room below combines an interesting wall border with vivid chairs and other red decorative elements. When red is involved, you don’t need a ton of other accent colors. That’s why white and neutrals such as gray work so well with this hue. [from Decorativ]
Red and white can evoke a vintage feel, as shown in the kitchen below. Chrome and stainless steel detailing create a diner-style vibe, which is enhanced by modern touches such as new appliances. [from The Ottoman Empire]