When it comes to color psychology, red is considered the hue of aggression, passion, and intensity. Whether it’s a shade of crimson, ruby, cherry, or apple, with that in mind, you might not think of red as the go-to color for decorating your home. In fact, red is known as a powerful, energizing color that many people shy away from in their homes. But if red is your favorite color and you want to bring it into your living room, it can be impactful, elegant, and – when it’s done right. Here are our designer’s best tips for doing a red living room design right. Take a look at these 5 designs and see why they work.
Red Living Room #1 – The Classic Color Palette
This red living room features a class look, with a traditional color palette of red, white, and blue. Red is incorporated evenly throughout the space – in walls, base furniture, and decorative accents – to achieve a well-balanced look. The blue and white accents balance out the bold red on the walls and in the decor for a color palette that feels classically east coast and not overly aggressive.
Stylist Tip: If you’re going all out with red walls, lean toward a classic design scheme with a rounded red, white and blue color palette. It will help bring a cohesive look to the room and tone down the aggression.
Red Living Room #2 – The Accents In Red
In this red living room design, red is relegated to the accent furniture. It’s easy to incorporate bold reds with an armchair, sofa, or even a rug for a pop of the hot hue without going in full steam with red walls, etc. These dark red chairs are the perfect counterpoint to the zebra print rug and gold accents. The room looks polished and formal without feeling over-the-top.
Stylist Tip: Balance out your red accents with pops of greenery. Red sits directly across from green on the color wheel, so a few splashes of green will help temper the red accents. The palette tones down the look but doesn’t detract from the overall impact.
Red Living Room #3 – The Neutral Take
For a modern take on a red living room, this design features a washed-out shade of brick red on the walls balanced by white and black decor. The red walls and single red accent chair provide the only color in the room, so the look doesn’t feel too busy. Incorporating black and white patterns throughout the room also helps to temper the red and provide equally bold focal points in the space so that the walls don’t go unbalanced.
Stylist Tip: Not all reds are the same! Be thoughtful about the shades you choose. Something on the darker side will feel more elegant and sophisticated. A bright, fire truck red could make your room too shocking or intense. We love this shade of clay red, which feels a little unexpected and is the perfect backdrop for our neutral decor scheme.
Red Living Room #4 – The Subtle Pop
A more subtle approach to a red living room, this design incorporates the color into the decor. The rug, curtain piping, pillows, and art all feature a pop of red, but in a way that doesn’t overwhelm the space. This is great if you want to bring some of this fiery hue home in a less obtrusive way. The multiple red accents help enhance and highlight one another while not feeling too intense.
Red Living Room #5 – The Bold Approach
The boldest of our red living rooms, this design features a red sofa paired with a red wall. The decor leans toward the traditional side, and the rich red hue plays up the vintage library vibe. The sofa and walls are the same shade of red, which actually makes the pairing feel less in your face.
Stylist Tip: Balance out the red with neutral accents and natural materials to keep the look from feeling too aggressive. The jute rug and traditional art are the perfect counterpoints to all the moody red.