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Red accents

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The colour red is synonymous with passion, drama and romance. In fact, it is one of the boldest and strongest hues alongside orange in the colour spectrum. Historically speaking, red represents courage, royalty and health and, in Asian culture, is used during celebration. In recent years, designers had a tendency to stay away from red, fearing it was a colour that would illicit anger and mischief.

It is not recommended to use red in large volumes, rather, to add touches and accents as a highlighting or accompanying colour to a muted palette or scheme. There are also varying levels of red to consider—earthy tones are suited to Mediterranean styled homes, whereas, tomato red can be used against a totally white colour scheme to create a stark, yet unified contrast. Today, we are going to show you some exciting and fun ways to add red to your home.

Beginners luck

Family Living:  Living room by CATO creative
CATO creative

Family Living

CATO creative

If you haven't experimented with bold colours before, or fear the introduction of red may overwhelm your space, there are very simple and easy ways to incorporate it. As pictured, a red throw rug has been neatly placed on the couch. Just as easily as it has been added, it can be removed too. In this case, this is the perfect place to begin introducing red, as it is neither a financial nor permanent commitment to your living space

Retro vibes

South London Apartment:  Dining room by Bhavin Taylor Design
Bhavin Taylor Design

South London Apartment

Bhavin Taylor Design

Red was popularised in the 60s and 70s with psychedelic and retro themed rooms. Whilst there is no limitation to how much or how little you can add, this particular room has opted to style red with one of the larger elements in the room. Resembling school lockers, the designers have added this unique and interesting storage system into the space which, in turn, has given it a very eclectic and vintage feel. The subtle pattern in the lampshades help to bring forth the sideboard without overwhelming the room. The key here was to keep the rest of the colour palette completely muted for maximum red impact. 

A pop of colour

In contrast to the pale colour palette seen in the previous picture, the designer behind this project has employed a set of rich and deep tones. The red in this setting adds vitality and life to the room, and adds a completely new dimension. Think for a moment if the dining room chairs were white; the room wouldn't have nearly as much pizzazz and spice as it does with the introduction of red.

Whet your appetite

Due to recent psychology studies on colour association, it has become known that red is in fact an appetite stimulant, and is best used in kitchens and commercial eateries. The colour apparently increases the heart rate, in turn, making you want to eat more. The options are really limitless in this case; you can choose to add the colour on the cupboards, appliances, as a feature wall or even as a splash-back (as pictured). Given that red is more commonly used in modern spaces, we love how a Persian rug has been added to create a more traditional feel. 

It's in the details

Detail "Londinium" Wallpaper Graham&Brown:   by Tracey Andrews Interiors
Tracey Andrews Interiors

Detail Londinium Wallpaper Graham&Brown

Tracey Andrews Interiors

By adding red in small details, it is one of the easiest and fail safe ways of introducing a bold colour. As seen here, a red lamp plays off perfectly against the mahogany desk and black and white wallpaper. This is one of the most common colour palettes employed with red, as it adds that extra pop of excitement and interest to a fairly monotonous colour scheme. 

Red love

The bathroom should not be forgotten in your grand scheme of introducing red into the home. A sexy and passionate colour, it is a welcome change to the sea of blue and white bathrooms that dominate the design world. Here, the laminated red vanity unit is tied in nicely with the clever illuminated cut-outs in the shower unit. This is a great example of how using colour can be fun!  

Outside the box

Of course, red is not limited only to interior decorating. You can add red in the garden through foliage and flowers. If you want to see a firey red plant in your backyard all year round, you can opt for certain species of maple or crabapple trees which bloom a brilliant shade of red all year long. Alternatively, if you want to surprise yourself and see different shades throughout the year, you can opt for specific varieties of oak trees that will change to a gorgeous ruby red upon the onset of autumn.  

What are your thoughts on red? Let us know how you would introduce red into your home.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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