Red in interior design: a passionate and exciting colour
When it comes to red, it’s all a question of quantity. Used as accents here and there, or in an all-red look, red can produce a cosy, bright, or trendy look, depending on the intensity of the shade used.
Evocative of both danger (the devil, fire) and seduction (red lips), one thing is certain: red will never leave you unaffected. From crimson to garnet to cherry, red comes in a wide variety of shades that are sure to fuel your senses.
Welcoming and sensual, red can be used in a bedroom or hallway. Red is perfect for a kitchen where it will stimulate the appetite. In a living room, library, or office, red promotes thought.
How to use red
Preferably, red should be used in small doses to not overwhelm a room. A red accessory, doorframe, curtains, rug, or a piece of furniture are all great ways to add just the right amount of energy. Be careful though, as red tends to absorb light, it will make a room look smaller and should therefore be avoided in small spaces. As for the all red look, it can quickly become claustrophobic, unless it’s used in a large space to create a dramatic effect. If you really want red on your walls, apply it to only one wall – one that gets plenty of natural light – otherwise, choose a lighter shade of red.
What colours go well with red?
Red can be used to create a variety of ambiances. For a luxurious look, go with purple and violet. Combined with bottle green or dark blue, the result will be a cozy British look. With black, white or grey, your space will look modern and chic. Red also harmonizes with all of the colours in its chromatic range, such as pink. However, be mindful not to use too many strong colours in one room.
The conclusion? Red can create a truly stunning decor. But it’s important to consider the size of the space, the amount of natural light, colour combinations, the shade of red, and the right quantity, to find the perfect combination to suit your style and personality.