Red is a bold, vibrant colour, often signifying passion, love and happiness. It is also happens to be one of the first colours used by humans, and is often seen in prehistoric art and decoration. Though red is a ‘loud’ colour, it can still be used without being overwhelming, as these eight living room design ideas demonstrate.
1. Red Accents
When choosing an accent colour, you should always go for a bold shade, and they don’t come more striking than red. Red goes well with monochromatic designs, and is an excellent colour to use when decorating more neutrally-coloured living rooms. Something as simple as a few red scatter cushions or a door painted bright red is all it takes to give a room a luxurious, warm and inviting feel.
2. Go Bright. Really Bright
Whilst it’s true that neutral colours work best with hints of brightness, this doesn’t mean that the liberal use of bright colours can’t be great also. In the example below, reds and pinks are paired with yellows, greens and oranges. The result is a cheery room with an uplifting feel.
3. Red and Brown
Red and brown is a classic colour combination, with browns (particularly chocolate browns) really helping to give reds an extra ‘pop’. After all, a mostly-brown room can look rather boring, and reds can remedy this by livening up the space.
Often thought of as a colour in its own right, pink is, in fact, a light shade of red and so merits a place on this list. Pink is a more relaxed colour than true red and looks great when mixed with white or other shades of red.
5. A Red Chandelier
Yes, an unusual colour for a light source, but very original and striking. In this case (below), the chandelier is juxtaposed with the rustic walls and furnishings surrounding it – a quick and simple way to make any room truly stand out.
6. Red and Cream
As with brown, cream is a colour often combined with red. The two colours have endless iterations in terms of design ideas, from country cottage to more contemporary styles. Where brown and red can be cosy and autumnal, cream and red can be more exciting and summery.
For a truly Spanish/Persian/Middle-Eastern feel, there is nothing better than a red rug. Unlike carpeting, rugs can easily be moved and stored, and you can buy a few different rugs to suit your mood and taste. Plus, a red rug can be used to great effect with a variety of colours, like the turquoise example below – an unusual colour combination, but an interesting one.
8. Red and Purple
For a more unconventional living room, consider pairing red with purple. Although they appear superficially similar, the visual contrast they actually create is hard not to appreciate.