Color Palette

Color Palette: Ideas For Decorating With Red

 red forest - red moods

Oh what a little red will do!  Red is a year-round color to decorate with, not just at Christmas time. It’s a great way to infuse energy in your home.

If you want to use red in your home decor you will love the ideas in these rooms.  If you’re afraid of the thought of decorating with red I hope these ideas help you.  Through the years I’ve used red full on in rooms and I’ve used touches of red as accents both with wonderful results.

I think I love red because like blue, it’s a color of many moods.

Red is by Elle

A little more about the color red:

Red has been called the most memorable color on the planet.  It’s the color of energy, action and exploration.  Red is brilliantly bold, romantic, and the color of life.  If you love red like I do you’re supposed to be extroverted and optimistic, courageous and confident.

Some people are afraid of the thought of red but I hope you’ll agree – Red can be so beautiful in a room.

Whatever your relationship with red, Here are some great ideas for using red in every room in the house.

Living room RedOne red sofa can make a bold impact  I love it!


Living room w red rug by Tom ReisenbichlerThe muted red tribal rug makes the entire room pop, especially the white furniture.

Red lacquered entryBold and lacquered red walls

Red entry w photo wallFlat red walls are a beautiful backdrop for a photo gallery

red white entry via savvy homeBrilliant entry in red

Red bathroomA glamourous red bathroom is great for a small space.

Red chairs in dining roomThe red  chairs make a palin white room exciting.

Red & Wht kitchenLovely lacquered red cabinets in this kitchen

Red with touches of turquoiseCherry Red accents blended with touches of a soft turquoise and wood add warmth in this kitchen.

Red wht striped bedroom Casa DisenoRed & white striped bedroom by Casa Diseno

Organize with redRed is perfect for organizing – makes things easy to find.

laundry-room Knight ArchitectsRed might give you energy for a least favorite task too – Laundry! by Knight Architects


And if you want to attract attention, there’s no better color than red.  It’s a favorite for so many designers – think Valentino, Christain Loubitan, Louis Vuitton, YSL and on and on.

when in doubt wear red - bill blass

 Burberry red leather trench Burberry red leather trench coat

Red Versace bootsRed boots by Versace

Valentino handbag & shoesValentino red handbag & shoes

Dolce & Gabana red beadedDolce & Gabana red beaded dress

Carvallo Haute Couture red dressCarvallo Haute Couture red satin dress


Here are my favorite red paint colors

Red Paint Colors

More paint colors I like are:

– Sangria, Million Dollar Red, Moroccan Red & Red by Benjamin Moore.

– Dressage Red & Lattice Red by Ralph Lauren.

– Show Stopper Red, Crimson & Red Bay by Sherwin Williams.


Some people are afraid of the thought of red but I hope you agree – Red can be so beautiful.  Through the years I’ve used red full on in rooms and I’ve used touches of red as accents.

One last reason why you might want to include red in a room or two.

red quote - sadness



Until next time …


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