Thursday, April 18, 2019

Decorating With Red Furniture

One of the hottest color trends for home interiors at present is one that really knows how to work a room. It's fiery, it's passionate, it's's RED. I have wanted to do this blog for a few months but wanted to distance it from Christmas so red will be given it's due and not be pushed aside like the tinsel, ornaments, and poinsettias.This blog post is especially geared towards red furniture and how a room will come alive with just a small infusion of it by way of furniture pops.

There are so many reds to choose from and depending on the shade an interior can feel old world, rustic, or contemporary. Homeowners are displaying an appetite for color and drama in their interiors. Red statement furniture pieces will certainly give them that!

If you are considering a furniture update, maybe it's time to rethink red !!

Carolyn Roehm

If there's one hue that really knows how to grab attention it is the color RED. And red furnishings are presently the darlings of the design world.

The red chairs and ottoman instantly draw you into this space. Red is a good color choice for furniture if you are mixing classic and modern decor.

A piece of red furniture always stands out in the crowd. With all the beautiful paintings on the wall your eyes still can't resist that red velvet sofa.

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And now that red has emerged as a current go to color, decorating your interiors with red furnishings is fun and easy to do.

There is a wide variety of red furniture and accessories to choose from.

Some of you like the color saturated style interior like this image with red walls as well as red furniture.

But some of you would just like to brighten your rooms and a pop of red furniture is the perfect way to do it.

Susan Deliss Interiors

It can be difficult to decorate with red in residential interiors as it has the tendency to be overpowering. That is why using red furniture sparingly and against neutral walls will allow your pieces to take center stage and help you strike the perfect balance.

A sofa immediately comes to mind as a great red accent piece. If you still want your neutral walls but need some color there are so many wonderful red sofas on the market today to choose from.

One reacts to red instantly. Tell me your eyes didn't zero in on that red sofa. It’s a refreshing change from the neutrals that people have relied on for some time.

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Since red furniture makes such an impact it's important to get three things nailed down so your room will will look chic and stylish. Those three are when, where, and how much.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House

The color red adds passion to your interior. It's an intimidating color to work with but your space can be a success it you use restraint and realize that a little red furniture can go a long way.

Better Homes And Gardens

If you are reluctant to commit to such a bold hue, experiment with versatile red accent furniture pieces like tables and ottomans. Then go about making the space cohesive by tying the room together with accessories that include the shade of red you have chosen.

I love this red French bombe chest. I like using a single statement piece as my pop of color. Plus a red painted piece of furniture like this will definitely bring your personality into a room.

All types of furniture styles look good in red paint.

House Beautiful

Remember balance is important when decorating a space, especially if you are using bright pieces of red furniture. Select a focal point and then make sure you balance any bold pieces so the room doesn't get too heavy in places. 

Designer Connie Newberry
This room is a perfect example of how one well place piece of red furniture can make all the difference. This is my favorite way to use red. One piece that stands out.

Besides red furniture, add excitement to your space with a burst of red in the form of artwork.

Adding red chairs is another good way to incorporate this dramatic color into your interiors.

Red is versatile and mixes well with almost any color scheme yet red furniture grabs focus and easily becomes the focal point of the room.

I like this flash of cherry red by way of painted dining area chairs. Red looks good in a farmhouse style interior.

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Victoria Neale Interiors

If you are a bit tired of the neutral room, a piece of red furniture will certainly liven things up. Red is a good accent color for browns and tans.

The red undertones of copper make it a good neutral background for a piece of red furniture like this gorgeous red tufted leather bed.

Red velvet is so sumptuous and makes for perfect seating areas. Don't be afraid to use red with your green walls. It's too trendy now to be considered a Christmas color combination only.

House Beautiful

I like the style of the red sofa. The whole space is colorful and current with accessories that make the space look in sync.

A rich, vibrant red piece of furniture like this sofa projects confidence and has staying power even after the red trend has moved on.

As far as furniture goes, you can't beat a red chesterfield sofa for drama.

Want to breath new life into your kitchen.......try painting your kitchen chairs red!

If it's pops of red you want, keep your wallspace grounded with neutrals so the red furniture stands out.

Red furniture is a nice addition to a blue room because it warms up the coolness of the blue.

A great way to add a punch of shiny red to your dining room furniture is by painting your chairs or table with red lacquer. The lacquer will make your furniture look fresh and trendy.

This layered room features lots of different textures from the rug underfoot, to the red velvet sofa, and of course the rustic hewn log walls.

Keep in mind that the color red is energetic and elicits excitement. It's important to carefully plan the best way to use pops of red furniture in your home.

Whether your style is bold or understated, there is a red for you. Have fun incorporating the perfect infusion of red furniture into you interior.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Create A Cozy Old World Reading Space

Sure, a large home library is a wonderful luxury and you are incredibly blessed to have one. However, sometimes just to have a comfy chair and a good read in a cozy old world space where books are the main attraction......well that's just like Heaven on Earth.

The purpose of this blog post is to give you some ideas on how to create a cozy old world reading space in your home. You probably have a space begging to be turned into a reading nook. Hopefully this post will help you in creating a space that radiates the warmth and charm you read about in that last English novel.

Taking time for yourself to relax is so important. For those of you who define relaxation as a good book, why not turn an unused area of you home into a cozy old world reading space in which to take a break and have an adventure.

See if you can't come up with a nook, corner, or other small get away from the public areas of your house to create your own private literary space.

Create an intimate cozy old world style reading nook within a larger room. Maybe a corner that is a bit out of the way.

I like how the bookshelves divide this old world reading space from the dining room. The backs of the comfy chairs are presented to the rest of the room as if to say "private, do not disturb". I could definitely sit here and read to my heart's content.

Use you stair landing to create an entirely new space that meets a need in your household such as a cozy reading space.

Landings are usually overlooked but they can be great reading spaces. Most are large enough to accomodate a cozy chair and some shelving for books.

I love this cozy spot to read. Porteries are perfect for creating a private space. They can then be pulled back when you put down your book and come up for air.

If you want to create a cozy old world reading space but are short on square feet, a decorative screen can be your best friend. A room dividing screen will create a smaller intimate space and yet allow the room to flow.

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There are a few "must haves" when creating a cozy old world style reading space. First find yourself an extremely comfortable chair.

You know.....the kind you can curl up in and let all the tension disappear between the pages of a good book.

A chair is not always the answer though. Some of you might enjoy a daybed to read in.This cozy old world reading space beckons you to enter, relax, and lose yourself in a fabulous adventure.

Or maybe your idea of comfort involves a chaise lounge. My kind of wonderful colorful and cozy reading area complete with French chair and chaise.
Keep some plump comfortable pillows on hand in your old world style reading space so you can prop up, snuggle with, and get that warm, cozy feeling while you are adventuring.

Plus the pillows are there in case your cozy old world reading space becomes a much needed cat nap spot.

IF you can find it available!!!!

Make sure your reading space has good lighting.

This great old world style reading space in an interior designed by Allesandra Branca, has the kind of lighting you need. I love the way the chair just snuggles back into the mini library surrounding the reader in volumes. 

Of course a sunny window is also perfect for reading. This cozy English style reading space has great lighting which makes it a pleasure to read. Plus it is so warm and inviting ......just begging you to relax a bit.

If you have available space, put a bookshelf near your reading nook so you can have your favorite titles close by.

In this old world reading nook the way to keep your reading list at arms length is by making a mini bookcase on your window sill. I like this!

Here is a cute idea if you are limited for space. A vintage steamer trunk can make a mini bookcase. This would be a cinch for some of you DIY pros.

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Another book case idea for a cozy reading space.

Also remember to have a throw handy for when it's a bit cool. A small tea table is also a plus for an old world reading space.

Designers Marshall Watson and Kate Reid

Choose colors that you find especially calming for your old world style reading space. That way you will feel cozy and relaxed.

Choose a big upholstered ottoman to place near your comfy chair so you can prop your feet up while you read.

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Use an ottoman to rest your feet or even to store books on. This piece of furniture never goes out of style.

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There are a lot of options when it comes to ottomans. Choose one that provides the utmost comfort while you read. Another plus is that with an ottoman you can bring in another simple touch of pattern to your decor.

Of course a window box is a great place to stake claim to as a cozy reading space in your home. Perfect with built in bookshelves.

Your reading space doesn't necessarily have to be for reading but can double as a cozy space to relax and unwind. 
Wherever your old world style reading space is........ make it your own!

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