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Decorating with Red

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 8:06pm | Color

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some tips to help you find your own Red decorating style.

Red is a color of passion and power. We love it, but many of us are afraid of making a mistake when using it in home decorating. The wrong red can be, well…disastrous. To help you alleviate your fears,’s Caren Baginski gives you some tips on how to find the red that’s right for you.

Choose Your Style to Find the Right Red

Contemporary design incorporates neutral elements with pops of bold color, often red.
On the door: Bold, bright red
Inside: Bright red shades in a pillow, rug or throw

Modern design calls for all kinds of reds: from primary hues to classic shades with burgundy or brown undertones.
On the door: Any red you love that makes a statement.
Inside: Consider injecting red through a painting or piece of art.

Traditional design stays away from primary reds and instead involves burgundy or black tones.
On the door: A deep, rich red
Inside: Decorate with Oriental rugs injected with darker reds.

Transitional design relies on a neutral palette, a perfect canvas for pops of red.
On the door: Match this red to hues you use inside the home, or skip the red door entirely to keep a more neutral theme.
Inside: Choose a softer and more indirect approach like a red lamp or piece of art.

Country reds are chalkier and softer: Think barn or scarlet reds. Choose reds with pinkish and purplish hues, like the color of a ripening apple.
On the door: Barn red
Inside: Accessorize with country reds in knickknacks and fabrics.

There you have it! Start with the red that matches your own style and go for it. Flowers, pillows, a rug, a picture frame….or even a window shade. Take a little decorating leap of faith. Embrace your style and give red a shot today.


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