Making it Work: Shiny Red Accents

Making it Work: Shiny Red Accents

Susie Nadler
Apr 15, 2010
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 TablesAccent Color: Bright Red With Wood TonesRoundup: 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)
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