One wall of red can make quite a statement all on its own. Here, white decorative pieces pop against a fire-engine red background, while warm wood shelving helps keep the look in tune with the rest of the room.
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Create a lasting backdrop
Trends may shift, but a traditional red is sure to last. A classic shade, like the one shown in this boy’s bedroom, is just the thing for those with changing tastes.
Paint tip: Tone down a bold paint color by teaming it with neutral hues.
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Bright red captivates and immediately catches the eye. Use that to your advantage by showcasing prized possessions with a backdrop in the hue.
Complementary colors achieve a bold contrast, but it's difficult to strike the right balance. A strong red-orange item―here, Eero Saarinen's Womb chair and ottoman―is perfect amid a wash of softer blues. Accessories in the same vibrant color family help unify the elements.
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Talk about setting the mood. Steal this hotel room's romantic look with inexpensive red sheer fabric hung above the bed.
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Vivid hues were an integral part of this patio's design. The owner's red-flowering geraniums were the inspiration for the shade of the back wall.
Orange-kissed red paints are the newest way to show off your wild side. Here’s one inspired by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Tone down a lipstick-worthy hue (in a good way) with a cool taupe and a warm off-white.
Main: Claret Rose 2008-20 (benjaminmoore.comfor stores)
Usually rooms stick with one bright hue, if any, but this kitchen and living space makes it work.
These walls are Venetian plaster sealed with wax, which brings depth and sheen to the ruddy tone.
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Offer a warm welcome
What better way to greet visitors than with a cheery, cherry red door? Painting an entire house brightly is a gutsy move, but a slice of color on the door is a subtle gesture that still feels fresh and inviting.
Paint tip: Use a tinted primer for dark and bright colors. It greatly improves coverage. Ask the paint retailer for a custom mix compatible with your surfaces and paint.
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Experiment with accents
Not anxious to break out the paint brushes? A stripe of vintage wallpaper and a few well-placed accent pieces offer just the right balance of red in this room.