How To Add Red To Your Home Without Overdoing It

Red is a very powerful color which, in large quantities, can easily become overwhelming. It’s a color we often stay away from when decorating our homes and that’s not really fair. If used in the right proportions and balanced with the rest of the décor, red can actually be a very cheerful and elegant color. So let’s see how that would work out.

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Red walls are a very daring option. But you have to be careful in this case because it’s easy to overdo it. If you paint all the walls in the room red, then the rest of the décor should remain neutral. To make the ambiance a bit less striking, perhaps a single red accent wall would be a better option.

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Here you can see how an open floor plan deals with red accent walls. The color suits the space well especially in combination with all the beige. The dark accents are a nice way of highlighting certain areas and furniture pieces and there’s a really nice balance throughout.

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A slightly different option is to use red as an accent color for the walls without actually painting them entirely. For example, if you have a recessed nook in the room for reading you can have that portion painted red while the rest of the wall is a neutral and less striking color.

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Red is a color that adapts well to a lot of different styles. Modern and contemporary interiors are just as likely to look great with a few red accents as traditional spaces are. A nice way to add a touch of color to a room is with an area rug or accent pillows.

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Accent furniture is also a perfect way of introducing some color to a room. For example, a pair of armchairs, a side table or a set of dining chairs are all wonderful options. When the rest of the décor is simple and neutral, these elements will stand out.

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Of course, neutrals aren’t the only viable option. Red is quite versatile and can pair well with lots of different colors. Blue is one of them and, even though the combination may seem surprising and odd at first, given the right color tones it can actually look really chic.

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You can also choose to stay away from all the drama usually associated with the red color without giving up this shade altogether. For instance, you can choose a faint of pastel shade of red as your accent color and you can combine with other similar colors for a cohesive and harmonious effect.

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Use red as your accent color and combine it with prints and patterns. It’s a combo that works well when you want to use the color for creating focal points in the room. One or two accent pillows and maybe a matching piece of furniture or lighting fixture can be a great combo.

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If you like the color’s dramatic character, then you can emphasize it through accent lighting. A long red curtain or an accent wall with spotlights directed on it can become the focal point of a room. Red has a theatrical nature and you can definitely use it to your advantage.