One simple way to experiment with red is to use it in small doses. Here, a berry red print adorns the curtains and upholstery prints, but because it’s not the background color, it doesn’t overwhelm.
A bold red check on the bed with a contrasting fabric on the walls and bed hangings makes for a luxurious space. Although one wouldn’t immediately think of red for a bedroom, the English country effect of this scheme is infinitely comfortable.
In a paneled room, solid red upholstery and drapery fabrics create a warm and cozy environment. Taking inspiration from the Audubon print, the saturated color has a traditional effect.
Like a perfect red manicure, this all-white room -- dressed with touches of red on the chair, the lampshade, and the cushions -- speaks of confidence and style.
The color red stimulates appetite, so it’s a natural choice for the kitchen. Here, black granite countertops and a beaded chandelier add drama, but glass fronted cabinets keep the room light and inviting.
Not for the faint of heart, a painterly red scheme -- with walls, a sofa, and chairs all cloaked in red -- makes for a room with strong personality. Bare windows and floors create an airy backdrop for the intense color story.
Oxblood red walls almost act as a neutral backdrop for a display of traditional style in designer Louise Cronin’s Atlanta home. White trim, white matted artwork, and a neutral sofa keep the room crisp and orderly.
-- By Lydia Somerville, Senior Editor