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Seeing Red?


The color red is known to evoke an unparalleled range of emotions, from passion to happiness. Depending on the tone, it can be used to make a dramatic statement or simply add a touch of warmth to a room. Decorating with red is a bold move, but when done right, whether on walls or with well-chosen accessories, the color imbues any space with glamour, energy, and excitement. As an added bonus, it allows other colors to really pop and can be paired with a rainbow of hues. Here are some stunning examples of red in all of its glory:

Photo compliments of Decor Demon.

Hollywood regency style captured with a refinished, red lacquer flea market find. Serious drama!

Photo compliments of Elle Decor.

Paired with vintage wallpaper, this crushed velvet sofa creates an inviting ambiance. Though the wallpaper isn’t really my style, I love the dog and shades of red.

Picture compliments of Chandelier Lighting Style.

A modern red chandelier looks stunning when paired with a classic sofa and gold accents.

Photo compliments of ArchZine.

Incorporate glamorous Chinois style into your space with a vibrant pagoda chandelier.

Photo compliments of iSpace Design.

This dark, almost Victorian-era, red pops against the white and gray kitchen. Top it off with a white chandelier and you have a classy, modern space that doesn’t appear cold or sterile.

Photo compliments of eWallpapers.

This high-shine, ultra-modern living room even incorporates red in the speakers. A space this bold is not for the faint of heart.

Photo compliments of Design A Room.

This utterly modern red shelf looks as if it was conjured up by Tim Burton. So unique.

Photo compliments of Snaidero.

The key to pulling off this daring coral high gloss lacquer is keeping all other elements extremely simple.

Photo compliments of Design Wagen.

The Piccola Papilio chair by Naoto Fukasawa is perfect for small spaces and a simple way to introduce a dark, rich red into your color scheme.

Photo compliments of Filmore Clark.

Here’s a commitment-free use of red. For those who aren’t ready for a full-on red design, try accent pieces like a rustic chair or red throw pillows.

Photo compliments of CoCo Cozy.

Another way to sprinkle in some red accents.

Photo compliments of Apartment Therapy.

Beautiful red vintage claw foot tub and red and white wallpaper. The use of white, tones down the intensity of the red.

Photo compliments of Modern Decorations.

The deep red walls, sleek white fixtures, and dazzling chandelier create such a sultry look in this bathroom.

Photo compliments of Houzz user Becky Harris.

Perfect way to add interest to a neutral dining nook. Red stimulates the appetite!

Photo compliments of Gaita Interiors.

This homeowner manages to pull off bright red cabinets, without the ultra-modern look. The greens, yellows, and golds lend the space a cheerful vibe.

Photo compliments of Belle Maison.

We couldn’t say goodbye without including at least one striking red bedroom. The turquoise, white, and red playful accents lighten up the space.

Which one’s your favorite? Are you a fan of red?


Author: Ella Design Group

Ella Design Group is a boutique interior design firm helping clients express their own unique story, one design at a time.

11 thoughts on “Seeing Red?

  1. this is such a great color! i especially love that bamboo chandelier!

  2. Thanks for reading! Red is a great color and that pagoda chandelier is perfect. Red is so surprisingly versatile and looks good with such a wide array of accent colors.

  3. Painted my bedroom English red last year, and I absolutely love it. Now the hallway changed color too! Nice post 🙂

  4. Interesting how red can be so fresh and lovely. Nice post.

  5. Love the red drapes from CoCoCozy, and the rustic red chair in the bathroom. I guess I am more of a ‘pop’ of red person!

  6. Be still my beating heart! I love red! Do I have to pick just one? I love that contrast turquoise bathroom with the red chair. If I had that room in my house we’d have a problem.

  7. The turquoise bathroom with the red chair is one of my favorite pictures too! A must have for my next house, unless I find a client who is brave enough in the interim!

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