July 8, 2013
I’m on my way home today, having spent a few days in Las Vegas with my folks and hopping over for a day to Salt Lake City to see my sister. We did some thrifting and house hunting together and we think we found a house to buy with a lot of potential, I’ll keep y’all posted if it ends up being the one!
We spent hours talking about design ideas and color palettes which put me in the mood to take a deeper look at color over the next few weeks, and it makes sense to start with red and work around the color wheel. Red is one of my favorite colors in fashion, but frankly my least favorite color to decorate with in the home, except in small doses or on a piece of furniture as a focal point.
True red is a dramatic and dominant hue that stimulates in large doses and adds a fantastic spark when used as an accent. With dark wood or antique pieces, red leans traditional, but when given a glossy sheen and paired with lacquered pieces, red is modern and fabulous. Barn and brick reds lend a cottage feel whereas berry or coral reds inject vibrancy and femininity.
Red paint packs a punch when used on a wall – choose deep garnet and mix with global textiles for an exotic feel, or a brighter shade balanced with white for pleasant contrast.
If you want a piece of furniture to take the spotlight, you can’t go wrong with red – a glossy candy apple finish adds a contemporary vibe and a distressed finish has cottage appeal.
Red on the front door is thought to bring good luck – this bold hue will make any entry happier to those who visit.
Wallpaper is another ways to introduce pattern. Temper the tendency for red to overwhelm with neutrals or plenty of white.
Fabric is a favorite way to welcome red – make a statement with accent chairs and window treatments in geometrics, chinoiserie patterns, or large scale botanical motifs.
Introduce red in smaller doses with decorative pillows and throws, or with accent furniture like dining chairs or ottomans.
What colors partner well with red? Here are a few favorites!
How do you feel about decorating with the color red?
Have you accessorized any rooms in your home with this hue ?