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Decorating with Red

Nothing perks up a room like decorating with red, but many are afraid to introduce this powerful color into their home.

Fortunately, there are many creative ways in which you can spice up your décor with red’s ebullient energy without feeling overwhelmed.

Red is present in pinks, corals, mauves and violets. If you can’t picture yourself in a bedroom with red walls, how about one painted in dreamy pink cadillac (2002-70)—a romantic, soft pink.

A red kitchen or dining room may not be your cup of tea. Instead, try a time-honored color like myrtle beach (061)—this peachy tone beautifully complements wood furniture and cabinetry.

Red for Small Rooms

A rich, bold red can give a modest powder room or entryway stately elegance. The secret is to balance red walls with a soft neutral shade. For bathrooms, we recommend our mildew-resistant Aura® Bath and Spa paint to ensure the durability of any color you choose.

Decorating with Red

Red walls may be your first thought, but if you’re wary of using such a bold color on such a large surface, these red room ideas can help you add a powerful pop of color to any room.

  • Create a focal point or define a space with a red accent wall. Try million dollar red (2003-10) for a taste of vibrant eye candy

  • Add playful touches of red in unexpected places like stair risers, the interior of a bookcase or china cabinet, or the legs of a table

  • Paint selected pieces of furniture red to bring a fresh element to a room

  • Paint red stripes in different shades and widths on a plain wall

  • Paint your floor red

The Great (Red) Outdoors

  • Depending upon the color scheme of your exterior, consider painting your front door red.

  • Give a mailbox the rustic treatment by distressing it and painting it merlot red (2006-10).

  • Wood decks, siding, porch floors, planters and outdoor furniture can be stained in luscious red hues with our Arborcoat®solid or semi solid exterior stains.

 

Ideas for Creating Beautiful Accent Walls

Accent walls are a great way to add color to a space and experiment with smaller doses of brighter, bolder hues.

Whether you’d like to define a living space or spotlight a treasured piece of artwork or architectural feature, an accent wall can create a striking, unique design element.
Accent walls can also help you create color flow. By using the same color in fabrics, finishes, accessories, and furnishings in adjoining rooms, you can create a seamless transition from space to space.

Accent Wall Ideas
Make a Bold Statement

Bold, colorful shades are good accent wall paint colors because they accentuate a space without overpowering it. For example, perhaps you’re using bright colors in your decorative accessories throughout your space, but they seem far too bold for entire walls. Why not choose one of those colors to create an accent wall for a lively splash of vibrancy?
(TIP: Accent walls can also take away the stress of decorating a kid’s room. Let your child choose a color for one wall and then choose a neutral color that you can live with for the other walls. Use decorative accessories and bedding to pick up the accent color to tie the look together.)

Create a Subtle Contrast

If you prefer a more gentle contrast, try using a deeper version of your existing wall color on one strategic wall. This can be just enough to add interest and break the monotony of a single-color space.

Choosing the Right Paint Color

To help you choose the best accent wall hue for your space, use a color from a pillow or your favorite artwork, for example, as your inspiration. What is the most appealing color to you in that piece? Does it work with the main wall color? Would you enjoy living with accessories in that same color? Whatever shade you choose, an accent wall allows you to express your own unique, confident design style. So grab a paint brush and let your imagination go!