Warm up a room
With an icy blue color on the walls, this living room needed a strong accent color to warm it up. Red-orange hues in the throw pillows, wingback chair, and rug balance the cooler tones and create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere.
Red in small doses
Red doesn't need to be the dominant color in a room to get attention. The barn-red lacquered chest and framed quilt fragment above the sofa catch the eye without distracting from the pretty fabrics and soft neutrals in the rest of the space. The key is to find a balance between deep, saturated hues and lighter, more neutral colors.
An orange-red sofa is the perfect piece to give this living room an unexpected pop of color. Adding pillows with bold prints and colors enhances the sofa¿s presence as the focal point of the room. The orange-red color carries into an adjacent room, where it is used on the walls to create a visual connection between spaces.
Stripes and prints from the same color family work well together. In this living room, the red striped rug and the ornately patterned red chairs complement rather than compete with each other because their colors share a similar weight and value.
Red can easily be added to any color scheme. It comes in many different shades and can be used to create an overall feeling of warmth in a room or as a bright accent piece. Here, the red-and-tan striped sofa with pale blue walls gives this room a casual coastal feel.
A pair of plush red sofas paired with a deep blue chair strikes an elegant, traditional note. Black and white accents complement the two colors and balance the boldness of the red furniture. Tall ceilings and windows and light-color walls help keep the room bright and sunny.