Saturday, November 3, 2012

Red Interiors Are Fabulous....Especially At Christmas

Since we are so close to Christmas, I thought I would post a series on the colors of the season and how pretty they are when used in your interiors, with some Christmas decor thrown in of course. First in the series is RED and will be followed by PLAID, GREEN, and GOLD

There are several different reasons why you might want to paint a room red, many of which stem from the mood produced by red paint. While some might consider a red room to be unusual and garish,  there are many well informed interior decorators who might disagree. Depending upon the shade of red paint your choose, you could very well end up with a space that is beautiful as well as energizing. You should be comfortable with the fact that you will be making a strong statement. Red raises a room’s energy level.

Red is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. The evenings are my favorite time to be in red rooms. If you’re in a red room after dark, you’ll be seeing it mostly by lamplight, when the color will appear muted, rich, and elegant. I love them and use them whenever my client is bold enough. I prefer darker, muted red but all shades are lovely. I also think red is best trimmed in tans and creams as opposed to white which I only use when clients insist. Don't be afraid to use red in a small area such as a powder room. Red is great for small spaces as long as you have good lighting. 



Red walls are always lovely in period style rooms.




Small rooms tend to look cozy when painted or accessorized in red.



There are many red wallpaper designs you can choose from as an alternative to paint.


Red is a great color for powder rooms.


A beautiful Christmas room.



Red room designed for a client and seasonally decorated.


A pretty room decorated with red furnishings and draperies.




The drama of the red walls in this room is softened by the muted robin's egg blue of the bed dressing and draperies.


This paper with it's red roses can be a great background if you are wanting a red room without committing to  painted walls.


This is a living room I decorated and then also did the Christmas decor. While it is not actually red, the accessories can give you a sense of the color without going  strong on the walls.





I love this Venetian Plaster powder room. Check into this wonderful wall treatmen, it is especially nice for a red room.


Red is a great color for a country or primitive kitchen. You can use paint on stain on your trim and cabinets



I decorated this home and also did the seasonal decorations. The red is a Tuscan red and the trim (you have to look closely at the door facing on far right) has been marbleized.


A lovely Victorian style room with a mix of pattern and texture.




A Christmas party designed by Lisa Farmer Designs.




Even a big splash of red in a room can satisfy your red cravings.

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I love this room.  I am a big fan of using tapestries.

Consider a red room in your home. Every client that has taken the plunge has been very pleased. You will be too.


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