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7 Foolproof Color Schemes For Red Rooms

We’ve explored green room color schemes. And we’ve broken down blue room color schemes. Now, we’re turning our focus to red, a color we’re seeing pop up in homes all over. Although, it can be a little challenging to decorate with red color palette because it can easily feel overly aggressive or loud. So we’re here to help offer some guidance.

Red is obviously a vibrant color, so it adds impact wherever it’s used. Whether it’s a dining room painted with bright red walls or a living area with pops of cherry red, the color injects instant personality into spaces. Red also works with lots of other colors—the trick is finding the right pairing or combination so that you won’t get tired or overwhelmed by all of it. All to say, balance is the name of the game when decorating with red.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best red color schemes for your home along with tips from our designers. Read on for our ideas on how to bring the color into your rooms.

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The Color Scheme: Red, White & Blue

One of the most classic color combinations is a red, white, and blue palette. Which means it’s timeless and foolproof! It’s a palette that works in any space, and you can use pretty much any shade of red, white, or blue.

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How To Get The Look:

With this color combination, start with white as your base, going with white upholstery and keeping your walls bare. This will give you a crisp foundation to layer on your blues and your reds. Add in simple light blue accents, like a solid baby-blue pillow or an ocean-blue striped ottoman, which will look more like a neutral, to complement your white furnishings. Balance it all out with bright red accents, such as pillows and nautical art. Alongside the blue and white, they add a bright burst of color without overpowering the space.

Why We Love It:

This is a great way to ease into red decor. If you love the coastal or Americana traditional styles, this is also an easy palette that naturally lends itself to those looks.

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The Color Scheme: Pops Of Earthy Red

Pops of burnished red against a neutral palette are great if you want to dabble with the color without committing to a full red look.

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How To Get The Look:

You want to kick things off with a base earthy tones, so pull in furnishings and accents in natural wood tones, woven textures, and light neutrals. Be sure to play with textural accents like curtains, art, and pillows, which are easy to pair with other colors and less expensive to swap out. Anchor it all with a rug that has hints of burnished reds and browns. This will make work beautifully when you layer in earthy orange-reds, be it with pillows, a throw, or art.

Why We Love It:

This color combo has a warm, homey, and inviting vibe. It’s the perfect blend of boho and sophisticated and you can easily dress it up or down with more orange red tones (or fewer) depending on the seasons.

The Color Scheme: Terracotta + Green

For an even more earthy approach to red, try terracotta red mixed with woodsy green and natural tones. It’s a color combination that offers just the right amount of rustic while still looking sophisticated.

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How To Get The Look:

Bold is the name of this color game, so you want to incorporate this color combo in a big way. Terracotta red is a saturated hue that works beautifully with green, especially a muted, earthy green. Start by painting a wall or look for a rug that’s accented with terracotta red. From there you can layer in a green sofa, pillows, and balance it all out with natural wood pieces. The result will be a space that feels rustic with an organic, southwestern look.

Why We Love It:

Warm and welcoming, this color combination is a cozy take on red living room designs and can work with a wide range of interior design styles. It’s the perfect foolproof palette for a transitional or modern rustic look.

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The Color Scheme: Red and Black

Cherry red and black is a surefire color combination for an edgy and modern look. It’s a great pairing if you tend to gravitate towards industrial, ultra-modern, and mid-century style designs.

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How To Get The Look:

With this color combination, you can dial it up or down. Consider whether you want to go with just pops of red and black or take a full-out approach with the colors, like this teenage boys room. Either way, start with black (with white) as your backdrop, then work in your reds. You want white to be the neutral that balances out the bold-on-bold look of red and black. Try a black-and-white wallpaper along with furnishings and accessories accented with red. You’ll get an instant high-contrast look that’s cohesive and contemporary.

Why We Love It:

This is a great color pairing to use with wood tones for a clean, contrasted look. We love that it’s a palette that also works well with bold patterns. In fact, it’s best to lean into red and black patterned designs with this palette, which will keep your space from feeling too dark.

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The Color Scheme: Wine Red

Wine red is a color that always makes a statement, and it looks best when used in a bold way. Play up wine red with warm neutrals, such as ivory, eggshell white, and beige, which will give your rooms a sophisticated and elegant look and feel.

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How To Get The Look:

For this color palette, go with a painted wine red wall or statement art and upholstery in the shade. The key is to use this red as the base (versus neutrals), then layer in soft touches of white and beige tones. Think whitewashed dining chairs, beige slipcovers, a white wooden cabinet, or a white marble table. It will create an elevated red-and-white look that’s rich and saturated without feeling stuffy.

Why We Love It:

We love how wine red adds character and a traditional look to spaces, but it doesn’t feel old or dated. It’s a great color choice if you love saturated reds. For a more transitional look, you can also try pairing wine red with modern pieces in a range of white tones.

The Color Scheme: Fuschia and Yellow

If you love color combinations that go with contemporary designs, consider glamorous red tones like coral, fuschia, and cherry red paired with a bright yellow. Because yellow and red are opposite each other on the color wheel, they work perfectly for a colorful high-contrast look.

How To Get The Look:

Set the foundation with a glamorous red tone. Any bold design in red, like the fuschia rug in this dining space, will help you figure out the best way to work in your yellow as well as other accent colors. For instance, the rug here makes for a vibrant backdrop that balances out the equally bright yellow dining chairs. Be sure to round out the colors with one big white furniture piece. It will help ground and tie everything together in your space.

Why We Love It:

This color combo is both glamorous and very modern, and it lends itself perfectly to tropical and eclectic style rooms. At the same time, we love how it energizes a space but still looks curated and sophisticated. And if you love jewel tones, this is the foolproof palette for you!

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The Color Scheme: Red-Brown Shades

Red-brown tones with dark wood tones make for a color combination that’s warm and inviting. It’s because red-browns have a richness and earthiness to them that gives them cozy appeal. It’s what makes them the ideal palette for both red bedroom designs as well as pink bedrooms.

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How To Get The Look:

When working with red-browns, it’s good to note that the shades span a broad spectrum. And they’re all muted but stately, so they go well with traditional style furnishings and spaces. One of the most elegant red-brown tones is coral, which is close to a deep, cozy pink. It can easily complement dark wood pieces, like the bed and matching nightstands here, while adding warmth. With any red-brown, however, be sure to mix it with pops of light tones, such as a tan or white, to make it feel less muddy and more sophisticated.

Why We Love It:

We love the versatility of red-browns and how seamlessly they work with dark wood pieces. It’s a grounding red that’s perfect for timeless, elegant, and classic-style rooms.

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Decorating a Green Room? Try These 5 Fool-Proof Color Schemes

We’re seeing more and more homes incorporate green into their color schemes, and for good reason. Green is a beautiful color to incorporate into your home’s decor, with so many nuanced shades to choose from. It’s easy to incorporate in big ways or small—from green walls or sofas to small accents and decor. And the shade of green you choose can really support the style of your space, or even set the tone.

Green is obviously a very nature-inspired color, but it comes to life in a whole spectrum of shades, from cool mint greens and seafoam greens to earthy olive green and sage green, and even more saturated tones like forest green or a jewel-toned emerald. And green pairs beautifully with other colors, from neutrals to deeply saturated hues.

How to Incorporate Green Into Your Space

When it comes to any room color scheme, there are different levels of intensity that you can try—from small accents in your decor to large furniture pieces, and even an all-over monochrome look! What you choose all depends on the level of saturation and intensity you want to incorporate into your space. Here are a few levels of how you can incorporate green into your space, in big ways and small.

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Small: Green in Accents

If you want to incorporate green in small ways, sprinkle it in through your accents. This could be anything from art and small decor like vases to throw pillows and even an accent chair. And, of course, through plants! Plants are a great way to bring in green accents in a neutral or colorful space.

To do this well, think about “layering” your green evenly throughout the space so that it doesn’t feel like green is all in one space. So, instead of having just one pop of green through an accent chair, bring in green elsewhere in the room as well—through a few pillows on each side of the sofa, and perhaps by placing a plant in an empty corner distribute some green throughout the space!

Medium: Green in Base Furniture

To bring green into your space in a slightly more significant way, go green with your base furniture! In a living room, that means opting for a green sofa, in a bedroom it might be a green upholstered headboard. Going with a color in your base furniture is a great way to dictate the color scheme of that room. But it’s also a big commitment to that color, so make sure you really love it since it will be a significant piece that impacts your design style for a long time! But if you do decide to go with a color in your base furniture, green is a great option. It’s a calming color that you can dress up with more green or play it down with more neutral colors and natural textures.

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Large: Green Everywhere

Want to do green in a big way? Go monochrome. Going big with green is a great way to make a statement in a room. But to give the look depth and keep things more interesting, layer different shades of green through the space. This living room above is a perfect example. The sofa is a different shade of green than the wall, but it’s in the same color family (think about grouping shades of warm greens or cool greens rather than mixing tones).

To get this look, paint green walls, then pick furniture pieces (like a sofa and accent chairs) that are a complementary shade of green. Then, layer in even more green with your wall art, pillows, and decor. However, to keep the space from being overwhelming, go more neutral with your rug, drapery, and other textiles.

Best Color Schemes for Green

Once you know how big or small you want to go with green, you can start deciding which other colors to incorporate in your space. When creating a green color scheme, you’ll want to start by identifying the undertones of the colors you’re interested in to make sure the tones complement each other. Picking up paint color swatches is a great way to figure out the right tones of each color you want to include! You can then use those colors to help flesh out your overall color palette. And if you need some help knowing which colors to combine with green, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite green color scheme ideas to inspire you!

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The Color Scheme: Green + Neutrals

Just about any shade of green goes beautifully with neutrals, whether that’s a crisp white or a cream or grey. Within this color scheme, it also goes perfectly with natural materials like jute! This color combo is primarily seen in living rooms and green bedroom designs, since those rooms allow for more color usage simply because of the furniture items in those rooms. (It’s more difficult to pull off this color scheme in a dining room since not many dining tables are green!) This is also one of the most versatile green color combinations.

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How to Get the Look

Layer pillows, vases, art, and small textiles with larger neutrals. In the image above, we paired green pillows with a neutral sofa, and the green accent chair pairs well with the textured jute rug. The chairs are the largest use of green in this space, but the tone of green makes it almost feel like an extension of the neutral color palette. (Whereas a deep, saturated forest green would feel like more of a statement.) Pops of green are also incorporated in various accents, like wall art, small decor, textiles, and even in the use of plants.

Balance the green with neutral base furniture and a neutral rug. It’s all about striking a balance. In the image above, we’re balancing the green in the two accent chairs so it feels like it’s being framed in the room, and then the neutrals come in to complement the green and hold everything together in the sofa, rug, and coffee table.

Why We Love It

Pairing green with neutrals is a perfect way to convey a color palette without the main color (in this case, green) feeling dominant or too loud. Green is a transcendent neutral, and it pairs really well with warm neutral textures such as jute, cane, or even linen.

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The Color Scheme: Green Monochrome

As we mentioned earlier, a monochrome green space is a way to design a green color scheme in a very big and bold way. We particularly like doing monochrome green in warmer shades, like olive, moss, and a creamy lime green. This color scheme works best in living rooms and bedrooms. It’s a louder and more dominant approach, and it can be more easily brought to life in a room with more textiles.

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How to Get the Look

You can incorporate green elements anywhere and everywhere in a monochrome green room—from the walls and sofa to accent furniture and decor! Look for different shades of green within the same overall tone, keeping it all in warm tones or cool tones. (If you mix warm and cool tones, the room might feel a bit disjointed.) This look works best when furniture types and finishes are also considered; keeping furniture cohesive will help with conveying the monochrome.

The balance comes from making sure your colors are all relatively within the same tone, then layering them accordingly within your furniture. You can also add balance by keeping textiles like rugs and drapery more neutral, or by incorporating natural materials. In this room materials such as stone, jute, and woods become the accent “colors.”

Why We Love It

Monochrome green is a lovely way to make a statement that feels calming but bold.

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The Color Scheme: Green + Terracotta

A green and terracotta color scheme is the perfect earth tones palette. A warm balance is created between earthy green tones and warm rusts, for a look that’s grounded and inviting. Materials are big in this style; woods, jutes, metals, and stone all help bring to life this earthy look.

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How to Get the Look

Start by picking which one color you’ll use as the base color. Here, we used terracotta as the base color, then green is used as an accent throughout the space. But, since we opted for a green sofa against the terracotta wall, green still feels like a significant player in this space. You could also take the opposite approach with a green wall and rust-colored sofa. Either way, make sure to incorporate both colors in the accent decor and other textiles, but also add a few neutral tones to balance out the look. However, aside from a few of those neutrals, keep other colors limited; you’ll lose the color scheme if you layer in too many other colors.

Why We Love It

This color scheme is warm and welcoming and goes with so many different interior design styles. We love that this combination is such a rich, saturated take on earth tones, which gives any room a lot of warmth.

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The Color Scheme: Green + Purple

Do you love bold colored rooms? Then you might want to try a green and purple color scheme. When you opt for jewel-toned shades of both green and purple, you get a look that’s bold and elegant, with a flair of the dramatic.

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How to Get the Look

Use a darker, saturated green as your base color, then use a plum or eggplant purple as a true accent in the space—incorporated through a large piece of furniture or some statement wall art. Using purple as an accent rather than perfectly balancing the two colors in a space will help you avoid the look of a certain purple and green dinosaur, and create more visual balance in the space. Essentially, you could take the basic approach of a monochrome green look, then add in a few pops of purple in either rugs or base furniture. This look can lean pretty glam—so you can play that up by incorporating metallics, as well as black and white, in the art and smaller decor.

Why We Love It

It’s a dramatic and regal color scheme, which we especially love in glam or classic spaces. These colors play really well off of classic materials like velvets, which help drive home the sense of opulence that this color palette naturally carries.

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The Color Scheme: Green + Pink

Green and pink creates a fun, youthful, bright, and happy scheme that still manages to feel elevated. You can bring this palette to life in most rooms, but we especially like it in living rooms, offices, and bedrooms.

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How to Get the Look

Get colorful with your furniture to really establish the color palette in your space! Sofas, beds, accent furniture, and even rugs are a great way to incorporate these colors. Think of these pieces as grounding objects to help create a bold and definitive color scheme. You can also layer in both pink and green in pillows and wall art. However, you’ll want to stick with neutrals in your smaller decor so that the space doesn’t feel overwhelming or disjointed.

Why We Love It

Pink and green is a refreshing and happy combination that brings in both warm and cool tones. It can be tough to achieve, but it’s best done with your rugs and base furniture play together to establish the color scheme.

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5 Green Bedroom Ideas for the Perfect Relaxing Retreat

Much like the color blue, green gives off calm and relaxing vibes, making it the perfect hue for a bedroom design! The color green reminds us of nature and helps to bring the outdoors indoors with its fresh vibrancy. We love green bedrooms because they have the tranquility of a neutral space but all the excitement and personality of a colorful room design. Not to mention, green color schemes are versatile palettes that add harmony to any master bedroom. If you’re looking for ideas on adding some green to your bedroom walls, here are 6 great design ideas for green bedrooms.

green bedroom designCharming Light Green Bedroom Retreat

If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate green in the bedroom, look no further than this charming mint green room. This green and white design scheme feels crisp and bright and creates a relaxing and rustic, cottage-meets-beach house vibe.

To get the look start with an apple or mint green coat of paint and layer in darker hues in your art, accent decor, and throw pillows. Then temper out the green walls with natural materials like a natural fiber rug, linen skirted furniture, weathered wood storage pieces, and charming botanical prints. It’s peaceful, inspiring, and cheery, all at once.

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The Hue: Valspar Swan Dance

We chose Valspar Swan Dance for our bright and cheery bedroom. It’s a super subtle shade of green that helps highlight the natural textures and weathered wood pieces in the room.

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You want a relaxing cottage look that’s almost neutral but super stylish at the same time. The pale colors blend together to create a super calm and refreshing oasis.

sage green bedroomSage Green Bedroom Idea

This bedroom has a modern and eclectic look that uses bold colors to both energize and soothe. It’s full of natural decor and textures, like leather, natural woods, simple metal accents, and a jute rug. It’s minimal, but the asymmetrical design and the prints and patterns give it an eclectic feel. And the muted green and neutral accents add a calming earthiness to the space.

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The Hue: Valspar Quaking Bog

We chose Valspar’s Quaking Bog, a gorgeous sage green paint. It has a deep earthiness to it, without being overbearing, and helps a bedroom feel like more of an intimate, personal retreat.

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You love natural textures and want them to pop in an eclectic setting. Sage green doesn’t add a lot of bold color, but helps to add more depth and energy to a totally neutral space. It’s a great wall color for green bedrooms that have a more earthy feel.

green bedroom wallsSerene Green Bedroom Escape

Set the tone for a traditional, shabby chic bedroom with soft grey-green walls and traditional art, furniture, and accents. The vibe is super cozy and laid-back with extra comfy furniture, lots of beautiful antiques and quaint, down-home energy.

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The Hue: Wild Grass by Vista Paints

We chose Wild Grass by Vista Paints for more of a neutral take on green. This hue goes with almost anything and adds a slightly cool tint to your space. It helps set the tone for easy relaxation and winding down and is great if you like neutral paint colors but want a bit more saturation in your space.

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You don’t want to fully commit to a green bedroom but also want a neutral non-white paint. The muted grey-green color is instantly serene and peaceful but also helps the room feel warmer and more put-together than white or neutral walls.

dark green bedroomEmerald Green Bedroom Haven

This dark green bedroom look is bold and daring but can instantly turn a bedroom into an alluring retreat. The emerald walls set the stage for a look that is glam to the max and also gives the room an art deco vibe. The furniture is chic yet comfortable, but the wall color definitely takes the look over the top. If you’re nervous about the dark green wall color is too bold, consider an accent wall instead! This will give you the same pop of color but won’t be such a commitment.

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The Hue: Black Emerald by Sherwin Williams

We chose Black Emerald by Sherwin Williams to make a statement in our emerald green bedroom. It’s incredibly bold but not aggressively green so you can have fun with the versatility.

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You like bold wall color and want to show off your personality with your design choices. It’s a great way to make your natural decor pop instead of blending into the background.

teal bedroomTeal Green Bedroom Oasis

Go forth and conquer with this super bold mid-century bedroom design! The eclectic decor makes the room feel cozy and high-contrast. It’s all about natural woods, which are a staple of this style and pair beautifully with this vibrant teal green. Having a dark color like this on bedroom walls can give it a very cozy, retreat feeling.

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The Hue: Dark Teal by Benjamin Moore

We chose Dark Teal by Benjamin Moore to strike the perfect balance of blue and green. It adds personality and complements the natural wood tones of this design style.

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You love the mid-century modern style and are seeking a bold and trendy aesthetic. The look helps create a cozy bedroom design that feels like your own private enclave. It’s also a perfect compromise if you can’t decide between blue or green bedroom design!

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