20 ways to decorate with red
From lipstick-worthy red hues to nature-inspired shades, there's a red to suit every taste
Wowza! A lipstick red wall sets off black-and-white family photos and is absolutely made for showcasing a collection of handmade valentines hung from a picture rail.
For a sophisticated look, try pairing one red object with neutral tones. Here, dark-wood surfaces and stainless steel appliances do the trick.
Paint tip: Tone down a bold paint color by teaming it with neutral hues.
Take this curvy beauty, for example, which went from drab brown to stunner, thanks to a punch of bold red low-VOC paint.
Talk about setting the mood. Steal this hotel room's romantic look with inexpensive red sheer fabric hung above the bed.
Main: Claret Rose 2008-20 (benjaminmoore.com for stores)
Trim: Morocco Sand 515-3 (pittsburghpaints.com for stores)
Accent: Nourish .04 (yolocolorhouse.com)
These walls are Venetian plaster sealed with wax, which brings depth and sheen to the ruddy tone.
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.