Decorating With Red

Red as Base Color

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Twice a year, Christmas and Valentine's Day, red turns into the dominant color exhibited in shop windows and magazines. For such a color, it's extremely undervalued as a base around which to establish your decorating scheme.

 The Pros and Cons of Red

When in doubt paint it white. However, lately some smashing rooms are done in shades of red. Some decorating guru would say that everyone loves this color. It is the most euphoric of colors.  It is a symbol of easy playfulness and it beams vigor."

There are nevertheless, many biases voiced against red rooms in a home, like:

1. It only belongs in a child's room.

2.  It's too priestly or Victorian.

3. It's reminiscent of old-time saloons with crimson flocked wallpaper.

4. It belongs in public places, such as the carpet in a hotel or lounge of an airport.

5. It's too regal, as in red velvet capes.


Prejudices aside, red offers wonderful possibilities and is becoming more and more popular.

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The Best Places for Red      

So where is red most effective? Hallways look fantastic in this hue. Most entrances are dark, and red is a great color for creating fervor in dark areas. Instead of just brightening as with a light color, red draws in warmth and richness. This also works well with several other colors. Red is a fantastic color for a dining room. Food, people, and flowers look great in a red room. It positively makes a room aglow when there is candlelight or a fire in the fireplace.  Crimson hue  enhances all the components in a library or den. Dark wooden furniture, books, tapestry, leather, needlework, and brass look good against red. Bright white is a good companion for your wood trim and doors. Red paint or wallpaper is graceful inside bookcases or a china cabinet. Oriental rugs having red in them are a good option for floor covering in a red room. Red is ravishing with bronze or gold leaf. Red upholstered fabric is terrific with dark mahogany furniture.

 Red furniture?

You might believe it sounds horrible till you imagine Chinese red-lacquered furniture. A red-painted occasional table seems to fit in wherever you put it. Occasionally it could hold a red tole lamp and at other times like a large white vase of red or white roses having deep green leaves.

Shades of Red

Of course there are a lot of different shades of red. Some incline toward the pink red of brick or terra-cotta, some have blue or purple in the color. Then there are the clarets. Every shade creates a different atmosphere. Dark cranberry red is often encountered in early New England houses. Utilized with deep green or federal blue and you have a perfect Early American mix.

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Paint specialists often recommend putting a clear glaze to red wall paint. This gives it a bright, rich finish. Occasionally, deep red, right out of the can, looks muddy and dull after it dries. In this case, put on a coat of semigloss, clear polyurethane for the glazed effect.