Red Bedrooms

Red is an intense and evocative color that can add a touch of passion to your bedroom.



Overall, Mark's loft is neutral, light and airy. To add a jolt of energy to his otherwise minimalistic, neutral bedroom, he painted the wall behind the bed a shade of red from Dunn-Edwards called Red Contrast. This is an excellent design trick for homeowners who love red but find it too high-energy for a whole bedroom. Although the red wall becomes a focal point upon entering the room, it's out of sight once lying in bed.

By: Gina Hannah

If red is your favorite color, you may wonder if it has a place on your bedroom walls. The color is intense and sensuous. It raises the pulse rate and blood pressure and lends a sense of energy. No other color seems to exhibit such a strong reaction emotionally than red, and many designers advise against using it on walls. Using red as an overall color can be tricky; it can go from cheery and happy to angry and aggressive. However, if you love it, there are ways to incorporate it without going overboard.

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All-American Dining Room Style

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Red Dutch Door

A bright red Dutch door adds a fun splash of color to this neutral kitchen. The contemporary space is full of natural light thanks to skylights, while a slate stacked-stone accent wall adds texture.

All-American Breakfast Nook

Classic Americana gets a modern update in this kitchen's breakfast nook. Navy walls and glossy red, modern chairs add modernity to the more traditional red check window treatments.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Kid-Friendly Lounge

Bright red egg chairs provide stylish seating in this energetic red, white and blue lounge.

Go Bold With Red Walls

The black-and-white trellis pattern on the back of the bookshelves is an eye-catching contrast to the red walls.

Brighten Up Outdoor Spaces

In this space by designer Brian Patrick Flynn, classic red adds a modern pop of color to this outdoor shelter house. Adding art, lighting and coordinated furnishings gives this bare-bones room a finished look.

Use Red as a Neutral

In this bold, eclectic playroom, the red walls take a backseat to the organic window treatments and geometric rug, pulling the pieces together for a cohesive look.

Red Walls Mean Fun

Bright red-orange walls encourage activity, so it's an ideal shade for the walls of this game room in Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons' basement.

From: Rev Run

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Red Above and Below

Designer Emily Henderson used solid classic red below this home's white wainscoting, then added a contemporary vibe atop the rail with red-and-white patterned wallpaper.

White and Red Guest Bedroom

This contemporary red-and-white room featured in HGTV Magazine nods to classic cabin style with rustic accessories and a sophisticated, layered take on classic red bedding and window treatment patterns.

Photo By: David A. Land

Bold Accent in a Classic Kitchen

Red barstools add a modern element to this traditional, neutral kitchen.

From: Luxury Portfolio International® and Baird and Warner Real Estate

Photo By: Baird & Warner, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Art Inspires Life

A Chanel print on the wall is echoed in this eclectic eat-in kitchen's red-and-white color palette.

Photo By: Design by Nyla Free Designs; Photo by Jared Sych Photography for Avenue Magazine, Calgary Alberta

Red Gingham Adds Country-Inspired Style

Red and white checked gingham bedding brings classic country charm to this bedroom, which is reminiscent of a revamped barn. Simple wood furnishings and high ceilings keep the space feeling open and light.

From: Heidi Richardson

Photo By: Jeff Zaruba

Try Bright Symmetry

Classic symmetry is the star of this red, black and white living room; a trio of red barn-style lights sit squarely atop vintage red-and-black dining chairs.

When it comes to red, it's often the case that "less is more." Small areas of red can draw attention to other features or furnishings in the room, so it's a good color for accent walls. Paint stripes with red and another color on a plain wall, which can draw attention to the room's other features. You can even paint the floor red if you wish, since much of it will be covered by your bed and other furnishings.

If you're going for a solid red wall, it will look best if the pop of color shows from behind artwork, mirrors and other features; otherwise, there not be enough contrast between the colors. Dark wood furniture generally does not look good against a solid red wall, so choose white, black or light-colored pieces. You can also balance red with more subtle shades, such as a grey carpet (or a grey-and-white-striped rug). White is also a great balancing (cool) color to pair with red, as it pulls in red's intensity.

Red can go well with both contemporary and traditional designs. Choose bright red for a contemporary look, and consider pairing it with black, white or even another bright shade. For rooms decorated in a modern style, choose more earthy reds with brown or burgundy undertones to pair with your wood furniture, which tends to look lost and unattractive next to pure red walls. For a more traditional style, turn to deep reds with black undertones; for a country look, go with more muted or dusty shades, or try a lighter shade with a hint of blue.

Red walls can work in small rooms, perhaps even more so than in large spaces, because the size of the room provides inherent restraint. In a small bedroom, a red wall can provide a nice backdrop as a gallery wall for art or photographs, with the red showing in pieces instead of in a solid block. Gold tones in your bed linens and rug can also provide balance and create a rich look.

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