Red Hot!

Red is the color of romance, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought we’d take a look at the scorching hot trend of red in interiors. Never for the timid, but for the bold of heart and eye, a red interior can be as romantic as living wrapped in a box of Valentine’s candy, but admittedly, it’s not for everyone.

To me, this neutral entry way incorporating a dramatic sculptural red console table by design genius Herve van den Straaten is pretty much perfect. Soothing, but with that pop of wow to intrigue you as you enter into the rest of the home.

Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper

Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper

I never thought I’d describe a red patterned wallpaper ceiling with contrasting patterned walls and rug as soothing and cozy, but somehow Nick Olsen pulled it off in this his adorable, comfy, reading nook. Who knew?

Nick Olsen

Nick Olsen

Speaking of red wallpaper, I think what is probably one of my (and every other decorator in the world’s) favorite wall coverings is Scalamandre’s Masai Red. I don’t know how a wallpaper depicting a zebra hunt translates into cheery home decor, but it does, and works magic every time.

Beata Heuman

Beata Heuman

I’ve been known to sneak in a bit of the color of love every now and then as well. Like the console in the first photo, the neutral background helps to anchor the dramatic red silhouette of the the curvaceous sofa. Sort of like a perfect single red rose. 

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Red on red is never for the timid, but for a sexy media room, it just doesn’t get any better. 

Carl Steele

Carl Steele

Saving the best for last. Nothing makes my heart beat faster than red lacquer walls. Red is the most difficult color to get even coverage with, so red lacquer rooms get countless coats of paint and sanding, and in the end, reflect light like being inside a ruby. Miles Redd took the drama a notch higher by using brass banding to complement the lacquer. This room always has a space in my inspiration portfolio. Always.

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

So how about you? Is the color of romance and intrigue for you? Please explore my Seeing Red pinboard for more inspiration à la rouge!

Warmly, 

Beth