Passionate and full of fierce style, red is a bold shade with lots of power. And believe it or not, when used in the right ways, you can dip an entire room in this cherry flavor without overwhelming the eyes or any other of the senses.
Color wheel basics
Understanding the psychology of colors and how it affects the mood and aesthetic of a space helps us better choose color palettes that suit our vision when designing and decorating a room. It’s also helpful to know a bit about using the color wheel to select these palettes. Here’s a few terms you should familiarize yourself with:
Complementary colors are positioned on opposite sides on the color wheel and they accentuate one another when used together. For example, blue and orange are complementary, the same as violet and yellow or green and red.
Triads are groups of three colors that form a triangle on the color wheel. As an example, a triad can be formed of orange, green and violet. Make sure you balance these colors when using them in your décor.
Analogue colors are nuances that are found besides each other on the color wheel. For example, red and orange and analogue colors. The contrast between them is not as strong as it is between complementary colors and this can be used strategically when decorating a room.
Warm and cool colors is an important distinction to make in order to create the desired mood and ambiance in a space. Warm colors include nuances such as red, orange or yellow while the cool ones include green, blue, violet and other variations.
Non-colors are not found on the color wheel but are still very important in interior design. They’re colors such as beige, grey, white or black and these are also referred to as neutrals. They complement and balance out the other colors but can also send a powerful message on their own in certain contexts.
Color, like many other things, can affect human behavior and this is what we usually refer to as color psychology. Each color has a unique significance and a unique way in which it affects our mood and state of mind. Understanding this helps interior designers come up with the perfect combination of colors for each of their projects.
- Red – a powerful color that’s never boring. It makes for an excellent accent color and it suits areas like the kitchen or living room where it helps to stimulate conversations and interaction between people by filling the air with energy.
- Orange – a joyful and happy color that adds warmth and energy to the space around it. The bright orange shades are best used as accent colors and paired with neutrals like greys and whites. Other more toned down nuances like terracotta orange have a unique charm of their own.
- Yellow – a very happy and cheerful color that can also feel very welcoming. Light yellows are very fresh and uplifting and deep yellow look sophisticated and refined.
- Green – the color we associate with nature and freshness and that gives us a sense of wellness. Light and bright greens look magnificent in modern decors wile dark greens create a feeling of luxury and have a rich aesthetic.
- Purple – a dramatic and sophisticated both in the lighter forms like lavender and the darker nuances. Purple can also make a room feel mysterious and relaxing and it can make a very bold statement in the right context and when paired with the right colors.
20 Simple ideas for using Cherry in interior design
1. Smooth, Fresh.
Check out this fresh and clean-edged home office. Full of powerful reds, it has enough eclectic, trendy touches to subdue it’s abrasive appeal. This is great for someone who loves a smooth surface to work on, but with a fashion-forward, gutsy approach.
2. Luxurious, Rich.
The tiling of this guest bathroom is super luxurious and couture in spirit. It works extremely well with the soft lighting and gives an extra punch of flavor that most guests’ spaces never have.
3. Retro, Funky.
Whether a reading nook, playroom or just in the family living room, a playful outlook is always a fun and inspiring way to decorate. Even if you’re traveling a monochromatic path, it’s okay to add patterns and prints to create a more subtle look.
4. Relaxed, Sophisticated.
Create a home away from home with an at-home movie theatre decked out in red shades. It’ll be quite the relaxing room but with a sophisticated feel that you get when you go out and treat yourself to a night out at the movies.
5. Dramatic, Chic.
Even the ceiling has been dressed in a cherry tone. This dining room is fit for entertaining and wowing guests of all forms and fashions.
6. Cottage, Feminine.
Red can be delicate and dainty too, if you use the right prints. Floral accents helps to create a softness, even when you’re using dramatic colors.
7. Rustic, Conservative.
Although it’s not completely dipped in cherry, from head to toe, this red kitchen brings a certain amount of bold flair to a conservative space fit for a rustic rebel. We love the mixing of country flavors and fashion-forward colors.
Your teens could stand a bit of red dressing. It’s a cool and clean way to decorate a bedroom with enough youthful vibes and preppy style to stand out and feel comfortable at the same time.
9. Contemporary, Traditional.
This bright and vivacious cherry-red sure does pop off the walls and creates a sunny ambiance. The clean design of the room mixed with more conservative accents makes for a fresh, contemporary and welcoming home office for any type of business doer.
10. Futuristic, Modern.
Red is a great way to bring your own sense of personality to a space that’s got an extraordinary feel to it. Like this ultra modern, furitstic bathroom design. The red accents and gives a personal flair to it.
11. Unexpected, Welcoming.
Painting the exterior of the house red can be a very bold statement but it all depends on the nuance you choose. A darker, terracotta-inspired red can look very inviting and welcoming while still giving the house an unexpected look. This seems to be the aesthetic that studio Timberlake Custom Homes were going for here.
12. Fresh, Energetic.
A red accent wall can look excellent in a modern living room and its beauty can be amplified by other bold colors like orange, yellow or green. There’s definitely a lot going on here in this design created by Anthony Baratta but none of the colors overpowers the décor.
13. Modern, Simple Bathroom Decor
Red, white and black is a classic combination of colors. These three nuances are often used together to give spaces a simple, modern and classic look. Red is the accent color and comes in the form of accent furniture, fixtures and decorations. Here it gives the bathroom a bold appearance in this design created by Crisp Architects.
14. Bold, Eye-catching.
Add curb appeal to your house with a red front door. It adds character to the exterior of the house, color to the facade and it makes the entrance easy to spot even from a distance. Include a few additional red accents for a more organic look, as shown in this design by Crisp Architects.
15. Retro, Cozy.
Stained wood with red undertones has a charm of its own and a unique ability to add a retro touch to a décor without necessarily making it look dated. The red island definitely suits this farmhouse-style kitchen designed by NSPJ Architects.
16. Metallic, Chic.
A lot of colors look magnificent when paired with a metallic finish. In this case we’re looking at a tile backsplash with a dark red/ brown color and a beautiful finish that complements this midcentury-modern kitchen perfectly. This is a design by studio cityhomeCOLLECTIVE.
17. Classic, Powerful.
Although red is a powerful and bold color, it can still be used on large surfaces like walls without overpowering the room. A good example is this traditional dining room by studio Christian Gladu Design. The walls are complemented by the subtle red undertones featured by the furniture and the accessories which gives the décor a surprisingly organic look.
18. Traditional, Matching.
Red is a color we’ve come to expect from theaters and cinema rooms. It suits the theatrical theme of these spaces so even though it’s a very bold and strong color it doesn’t give off the feeling it’s being used in excess even when we have matching red seats, carpets, curtains, walls and everything. A good example is this home theater by Electronics Design Group.
19. Rustic, Warm.
The red subway tiles look similar to bricks and that gives this kitchen a rustic and very warm and cozy vibe. The tiled countertops extend this look horizontally and together with the terracotta-colored tray ceiling they give the design a more uniform and natural look. This is a project by David Heide Design Studio.
20. Cherry Dramatic, Sophisticated.
The red walls with white trims give this room a theatrical and aristocratic vibe but it’s not just the walls. This is merely a small detail and there’s plenty of other elements that contribute to this theme like the decorative curtains, the chandelier, the coffered ceiling design and of course the furniture. Image from khwindowfashions.