Coloring Your Home: Red

Red will always be part of modern interior design – it represents passion, love, excitement. However, 2010 and 2011 reds seem to be more content to be on the periphery as accents and scattered here and there around the home.

If you want to add some red to your bedroom, avoid the walls – for other rooms, red can make a space feel cozy, but it is usually too overpowering for a bedroom. However, red can be incorporated into a bedspread (often with gold, taupe or blues running through it to break it up), curtains or pillows.

To pack a powerful punch with red, you can pop a red leather couch into an all-white room…or go the other way, and use white accents against a red wall. This is a retro throwback, but it looks stunning in a modern home.

If you’re looking for something even bolder, you can paint your front door bright, firetruck red. This suggests opulence and daring – think about the Draper’s home from Mad Men, and you’ll get the idea.

Kitchens can get a spark of red in the form of glossy red cabinets or red dinnerware.

Curtains are another area that red can shine without overpowering. Thick curtains, gauzy curtains… red can give a minor facelift to any room if you want to use it to adorn your windows.

Try adding a splash of red here and there to your home, if you are looking for some action and excitement in your modern interior.