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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.

Just starting to think about paint and can’t decide on a color palette? Check out our guide for how to choose a color palette.

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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.

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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.

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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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5 Designer-Approved Ways to Design a Red Bedroom

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Red is a daring and vivacious color that can instantly transform your bedroom. However, the color has long been known to evoke aggression, passion and energy that, in overwhelming amounts, can make your room feel really intense and hard to relax in. If you’re thinking up red bedroom ideas, it’s important to use it in a way that doesn’t interfere with your ability to chill out and retreat in your personal sanctuary. Here are our best tips for red bedroom design – try one or multiple in your red bedroom!

red headboard1. Ground Your Room With a Red Bed Frame

A plush red bed frame is a perfect way to incorporate a vibrant red into your bedroom. It will make a bold statement without overwhelming the space. And if you want extra flair, you can kick it up a notch with a few more red accents around the room.

Stylist Tip: Cool off your red bed frame with blue accents. This classic color combo will steer your red bedroom away from aggressive and into more balance.

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red bedroom paint2. Add a Red Wall Color

For the extra daring designer, a red wall color might be just the dramatic look you’re after. But it’s important to choose the right hue! We opted for a shade of clay red, which still achieves the bold look you want but feels sophisticated at the same time. A more muted red hue like this also pairs better with other colors in the space, unlike a super flashy firetruck red.

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red bedding3. Add Pops of Red with Bedding and Pillows

Red bedding and pillows are an easy, low-cost way to incorporate red. The patterned duvet here adds a pop of red but doesn’t feel too bold or become the only thing your eye can see in the space. And the red pillows help bring the look together with added layers of coziness.

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red prints4. Sprinkle in Red Decor

You don’t need to go overboard on red to infuse your bedroom with the brilliance and energy of the color. Try adding a few pops of red with your lamps, art, and a bench. That way the room feels balanced but not overwhelming. You can always flex up or down later by adding more or swapping out.

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bed rug5. Try a Red Rug

Another easy way to incorporate a bold red touch is to add a red rug. More than a furniture piece or room decor, this really grounds your room in the color red. And a traditional pattern feels sophisticated and instantly warms up any space. And unlike red walls, you can easily move the rug to another room later if you decide the red bedroom look is no longer your cup of tea!

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