Designer Decorating With Red
Known to stimulate appetite and conversation, red is most often used in dining rooms. But red can work well in just about any room design. From classic to cutting-edge, here's how four top designers re-imagine the paint color.
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"Since the room is so small, it really benefited from a bold choice," designers Alexandra Loew and Lauren Soloff say. "Something more neutral would have left it feeling rather bland and unfinished. We saw this room as a great opportunity to commit to one strong color and really use it from top to bottom."
Although damasks are usually used in more traditional settings, the fabric looks fresh and fashionable here. "The strong vibrancy of the red and crispness of the cream made it look more like a super graphic than a traditional damask," say the designers. "Also, pairing it with a 1970s-style sofa takes that traditional, frumpy edge off."
A red Ultrasuede loveseat by Ligne Rosset completes the look with a solid-red exclamation point.
Photo by Catherine Tighe