Color Roundup: Using Red in Interior Design, Part 2

red dining room with Chinese screen, light being dining chairs, faux bois panelling, Martha Stewart

Hi everyone!  I did a post on using red in interior design a little while ago but I had to make it a short post because we were going through Hurricane Sandy. So today I’d like to continue with this gorgeous hue {so fitting because of the season too!}


handpainted wallpaper in a home officeGorgeous red-orange handpainted wallpaper in a home office would make me want to stay there more often and work.  Designer Betsy Burnham did a beautiful job in this space, mixing the Chinoserie walls, the Chinese garden stool with the animal print rug over the Persian.  I love how the bird on the wallpaper looks like it’s pecking on the orchid on the desk.


Miles Redd red living room from Elle DecorRed comes in many shades and tones but when its a pinkish red, it has such a sweetness to it. How about upholstering your room in felt! This living room, designed by Miles Redd, has a light and feminine feel to it {especially with those lovely pelmets at the window}. I love the touches of blue in the carpet, the lamp, the accent chair and the vase. The wood furniture helps keep the room from being too light.


Benjamin Moore Garrison Red in a dining roomRed is a great color to use in a dining room.  It helps to stir up the appetite. Benjamin Moore’s Garrison Red, above, has a bit more brown in it than the Miles Redd living room color. I love the mirrored dining table – it magnifies the red even more.


Glidden's Red Delicious in a dining room

This is a deeper red from Glidden Paint called Red Delicious.

elegant red dining roomA lighter red {a deep pink} looks beautiful in a dining room. What a great entertaining space.  I love how the designer, Mark Morris, did the window treatments.  they give a softness to the room but they don’t obstruct the view or prevent you from using the doors.


crimson red metallic plaster in a powder room

Besides paint, fabric and wallpaper, think about putting a smooth red plaster on your walls.  We did a beautiful powder room in a Crimson Red metallic plaster and then installed decorative crown moldings {painting them a gold metallic and antiquing them}.  The ceiling is a pale gold – just to give it a little extra shimmer.

red tiled backsplashIf you are a bit timid about using red on all of your walls, try using it in smaller doses. Red is great in a kitchen.  Here it is used as a backsplash – beautiful!


red and white wallpaper, black Dorothy Draper chest and white drapesRed, black and white is a great color combination. Love the Dorothy Draper-esque chest! The red and white wallpaper is the punch that was needed in this room.


red wallpaper and white drapes, black accentsHere’s the red, white and black combination again with a more modern twist.  I love the Chinese Chippendale chairs painted black.


red geometric print on a ceilingUsing a red geometric pattern on a ceiling really brings out its curves in this Holiday House 2012 room from designer Inson Wood. The ceiling is a bas relief made from gold dusted and waxed Venetian plaster outlined with red lacquer.  I can tell you from experience that this took forever and a day to complete. On the far wall is a hand painted Gracie wallpaper in red.  Just beautiful.

So give red a try in your home.  Whether in large or small doses…it will warm and liven up any room.  It’s a gorgeous hue!

You may also be interested in this link –  “The Color Red, Part 1.”

Image credits: 1) Martha 2) Betsy Burnham via Design Sponge  3) Elle Decor 4) Rate My Space   5) Glidden  6) Mark Morris 7) Me –  The Colorful Bee 8) Maison Le Dragon 9) Turquoise LA via decorpad 10) Vanessa DeVargas via Houzz 11) Inson Wood

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4 Responses to Color Roundup: Using Red in Interior Design, Part 2

  1. Good morning Linda,

    I realized as I scrolled thru your post that I was partial to certain kinds of red vs. others. For example, the pinkish tint in the third image I couldn’t relate to, while second and forth image and said yes to. Maybe it’s a masculine/feminine thing. I’d need to think on it more…

    LOVED the cranberry/wine in the powder room you did, bringing so much unexpected fun to a very small space. My fav was the tile backsplash as an accent.

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    • Linda says:

      Hi John – yes I think it’s a masculine/feminine thing. Women will probably prefer having a little pink in their red and men will want a bit of brown or orange in the hue. I am doing a bathroom right now for a very brave lady (newly divorced) – and we are doing it in Benjamin Moore’s Peony. She shed the man – and now she’s going for a deep pinkish red now that she doesn’t have to worry about his color preferences.

      I love the red tile too. I found that in a French B and B and I just had to include it. The crimson powder room that I did really came out beautiful – but the woman nearly had heart failure when we put the red base paint color on first before the plaster (which softened it). She kept calling it the devil room – until the plaster went on!!

      Thanks for commenting (as always!),


  2. Karen says:

    Looking for a red that would work well with Decatur buff….roseate appeals to me… .a bit bright….like garrison red….might be too brown…any suggestions???? I am new to color….have always wimped out regarding color…..getting brave in my old age!!!!!

    • Linda says:

      Hi Karen – can you send me a picture of the room you want painted red? Where is the Decatur Buff? An adjacent room – r is it already in the room you want to paint red? Let me know. I can help you much better if I can see what you want to paint and all the particulars! OK?

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