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)