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.

  • In this pre-war apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side, designer Alan Tanksley painted the entrance hall and main corridor in two shades of terra cotta.
  • Although this apartment is small and the entryway tiny, designer John Loecke decided to go bold in color and pattern, and papered the walls with a red chinoiserie pattern from Pierre Deux.
  • It's amazing what you can do in just 75 square feet — especially if you are willing to go really, really bold and really, really red, as designers Alexandra Loew and Lauren Soloff from The Desk of Lola did in this Greenwich Village apartment.
  • Because it's such a bold color, red works well with sleek, modern elements. And because red is found abundantly in nature, it complements earth tones beautifully.
  • The ways to make red work in a home are almost limitless.
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