How To Use Red In Your Interior Design

A lot of people tend to avoid using red paint on their home’s interior walls. Red, however, is a color that is both great for interior decorating and widely misunderstood. Red is a dynamic color, capable of invoking powerful emotions of intimacy, passion, and even anger. Considering it’s such a tricky color to have to work with, many decorators tend to either like red or hate it. If you do decide to go with a shade of red in your home interior, there are a few tips you should follow to find the most appropriate shade for each room in your house. Let’s take a look at some of these helpful tips.

Don’t Stick To The Dining Room

A popular trend that popped up during the 1990s involved painting dining rooms with a rich red hue. While this is still a popular trend today, the dining room is not the only house that has the potential to look great in red. You can decorate your kitchen, family room, or even one or more of the guest bedrooms with a fine shade of red, and use additional accessories to accent the specific shades that you use. You can use red towels and red-dyed candles and a solid-white for the floor tiles and cabinetry in your bathroom, for example, to compliment the shade of red you select for the bathroom walls.

Prepare To Use Several Coats

Because it can be tricky to achieve the exact shade of red that you desire, you will want to apply several coats of red paint to the wall(s). Additionally, you will want to lay down a coat of primer to bring out the desired tone of red. Using tinted primer, or self-priming paint as your base can also help you achieve your target color without having to use so many coats of paint.

Consider the Undertones

The undertone that is used also has a great affect on the mood your specific shade of red provides the room. Warmer reds, for example, are made with a brown undertone to provide a more naturalistic look. Reds that feature a blue, or violet undertone, however, tend to work best with furniture and accessories that are grey, white, or black. Taking these things into consideration should help you narrow down your options, so you can find the right shade that works best for you.

Remember The Outdoors

If you still want to include red in your home decoration, but don’t necessarily want to dedicate your walls to red paint, look for other ways to use red in the home. For example, you can use a maroon red area rug on a bright hardwood floor, or plant solid red flowers in your flowerbed in front of the porch. Solid red also goes great against white siding, so you can also consider painting your window boards red.

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