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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 Red Living Room Ideas that are Hotter than Hot

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 roomRed 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.

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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 chairRed 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.

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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 chairRed 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.

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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 chairRed 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.

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red living roomRed 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.

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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.

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