Making it Work: Shiny Red Accents

Bright cherry red is generally not my color, but I do love the way a nice shiny red accent acts like an exclamation point in a room, punctuating it with vibrant energy. So what are some ways to introduce shiny red accents and still preserve your room's cohesiveness?• Pairing shiny red with neutrals and organic textures has the effect of softening the red and making it seem more playful rather than brash. Case in point: The first photo... the wicker basket, hemp-colored linen chair, and rough-hewn wood table are such brilliant counterpoints to the shiny red hardware on the sideboard.

• Bring in other red accents in different textures—fluffy, nubbly, matte—to add depth and interest.

• If you aren't totally sold on bright red but want its pop, just use it for one or two small but crucial details, like cabinet hardware or a lamp base.

Shiny red in a lush, verdant garden is sheer genius. See the third photo, a garden designed by Susan Welti (featured in The New York Times).

Some more red accent inspiration (and shopping guidance!) from the archives:

Roundup: Red Accent Tables
Accent Color: Bright Red With Wood Tones
Roundup: Red Accents and Accessories for the Home

Do you have shiny red accents in your home? Tell us how you make it work!

(Images: Design*Sponge; Metropolitan Home, via Alicia B Designs; Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times; I Suwannee; Elle Decor)