I couldn't let February go by without touching on the color red. It's not my favorite color to use in a home, but I have done it in projects and sometimes it is just the perfect choice for a client or design scheme.
There were days, not too long ago, when we painted dining rooms in deep, rich reds to work with a rich, Tuscan style. That’s not happening much anymore.
Reds are getting used in new and different ways today and I’m sharing some gorgeous red paint colors with some interesting ways to incorporate them into your home. Amanda Gates and I discussed these in our recent teleseminar. It'll be up soon on her podcast so you can have a listen.
Perfect ways to use a beautiful red paint color:
This image above is from House Beautiful. In that article it explains that in Scotland, traditionally, doors were painted red when the mortgage was paid off. The red front door became a symbol of pride.
I love the deep burgundy in high gloss on these doors from an apartment in Paris, designed by Gerard Faivre. It reminds me of Classic Burgundy by Benjamin Moore.
Could there be a more perfect color for an accent wall than this one? Benjamin Moore's Merlot Red looks rich and warm on the shiplap paneling in a home designed by Amanda Kyser.
I love painted furniture. Awhile back I worked on a home in an Americana style. Red was the perfect color to brighten this game room upstairs. We used these colorful Windsor chairs from Somerset Bay. Their color is called “Cherry Cobbler”. I’ve color matched it to Sherwin Williams, Sundried Tomato.
You can read more about that project at this link.
This interior by Jeffrey Bilhuber featured on the Zhush blog, is a great example of how this vivid color can brighten up a cabinet interior.
Edge of a Door
I think red soled shoes were responsible for inventing this little trick. Just a glimpse of something red, catches the eye and makes a statement. I love it.
More images on this technique are HERE.
With a color as bold as red, sometimes a little dab will do ya. :-)
I kind of love that Sarah Richardson calls this room "The Red Dining Room" but only has used the chairs and accents to bring that color into the space.
It's all about perception, isn't it?
Use Coral For A Fresh Red Color
I love using a dark coral as a red in an interior. I think it looks fresh and up to date. I used this fabric combo in a room once and have matched a paint color to this lovely coral linen.
And now, a little shopping for some painted furniture that is already painted some lovely reds.
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