Red is a fiery, daring color and is not for the meek. So how best to add it to your home decor without overwhelming a space? Use it sparingly by selecting one or a few pieces to add an accent.
Depending up on how committed to the color you are, you can incorporate smaller pops of color or go for the bold with kitchen appliances or even a whole wall.
Spice it up with a Sofa
If you’re gutsy enough, go for a bold red sofa. It dominates the space and means you don’t need to add color elsewhere in the space. It will work with black and white, as in this setting from Hammary, or with any neutral palette.
Try Some Sassy Shelving
Shelving doesn’t have to be brown, black or metallic. Pieces like this one from Creative Coop can be bright as well as functional. The vintage styling makes it great for a kitchen or dining area.
Install a Bold, Bright Lighting Fixtures
An easy way to add a dash of red is with a colorful light fixture. Whether it’s a pendant or a chandelier, a red fixture near the ceiling will add a very visible but not overwhelming dose of color to your space. So many styles are available that it’s possible to choose something that is bright but not too over-the-top for your taste. This is the Parker Pendant from Currey and Company.
Large ornate fixtures look even more stunning in a bold shade of red, such as this Bella Vetro Chandelier from Cyan Design. It is a stunning piece that would be a dramatic addition to an entryway or dining room.
Try a rustic red piece like this vintage pendant fixture from Ferroluce. The exposed bulb and weathered base are perfect together.
Maybe a lampshade is more your speed. In fact, if you have a base you like, you can try out something red by swapping out the shade for a bold one. These ripe red ones are by Moon Shine Lamp and Shade.
Or, try a curvaceous red beauty like this one from Pangea — it has loads of drops and beads. It is as ornate as a traditional chandelier but has an edge to it thanks to the abundance of beads shapes of all sizes.
A space that was simple lines doesn’t mean foregoing a traditionally shaped chandelier. The Kristina Chandelier has the typical profile, but the shiny resin body and bold color make it modern.
A pendant that looks like it’s made from little red puffs — this is from WAKAnine and is made from silkworm cocoons.
Go really bold and funky with the Sarve Chandelier from Pangea, which has uniquely shaped glass pieces that help diffuse the light. Depending upon how you arrange the glass pieces, it changes the direction of the light.
Accent Your Space with a Bold Chair
Chairs are another way to add color to a space and red can perk up a basic kitchen, dining room, or other living space. Whether it’s a dining chair, bar stool or armchair, it is another way to add color without being overwhelming. This modern bar stool is durable as well as attractive and is an attractive choice for a kitchen dining island.
Even the outdoors can use a pop. Most outdoor furniture sets come in neutral colors but a good dose of red can enliven your outdoor living space.
Swap Out Hardware for Something Gutsy
The bathroom is a little more challenging for incorporating smaller accents of a bright color, but new hardware in a bold hue can make a big impact. Fantini’s bathroom faucet and knobs come in an array of adventurous shades.
Add a Pop of Red with an Accessory
Timid about adding any type of bold color in a permanent way? Afraid to invest a substantial amount of money in a large piece? Try adding a sculpture, piece of art or selection of accessories in red to add an easy accent to a space.
Try out the sharp color with cushions or pillows
Another inexpensive way to audition a bold color its with cushions and pillows. They’re easy o switch out f you get tired of them or if you find the color is not for you.
Add an Adventurous Accent Piece
Accent furniture is a great way to be adventurous with color. Smaller pieces are easy to incorporate into different living spaces and move as desired.
Go for a Bigger Swath of Color
Feeling brave? Red cupboard doors on your bathroom vanity are vivid and sophisticated. They are a good match for any neutral setting. Want to go big or go home? Paint the entire room red — it’s guaranteed to make an impression and confirm your extroverted nature.
Be Daring With Appliance Color
Appliance manufacturers are making it easier to add vivid hues to your kitchen with major appliances that are a not only functional but also fun. Choose a hood, a refrigerator or cooktop. Some companies also offer small appliances on the same colors.
Try a Dashing Doggy Bed
Perk up your pet’s space with a dash of color for them too. A luxurious velvet dog bed in a luscious deep red is an adorable choice for a pampered pooch. TOV Furniture carries a number of similar styles.
Options for incorporating a little — or a lot of — red abound and there are many choices at all levels of size and splash. How much red can you handle? Give it a try and see.