A Scarlet Letter: Embracing Red

I love that scene in Sex and the City after Big has painted his bedroom wall "China Red." He asks Carrie to stay the night and she responds no, "because, dear friend, you and I are like that red wall. It's a good idea in theory, but somehow it doesn't quite work."

It's tough to pull off red in a modern, elegant way. It often looks too traditional, too romantic, too mod, or sometimes a little too Goth. Sure, I have cheery splashes in my kitchen but I've always been hesitant to add such a bold, energetic color in other rooms (I've been more open to its pink and orange cousins). For the same reason I shy away from red lipstick, I shy away from red d├ęcor--it just feels a little too much. I want my small space to feel chill and relaxing, not loud and fiery.

These interiors, however, convince me otherwise. They give red a whole new rep. Here, it doesn't scream for attention; it's just fun to be around. How about you--are you giving red some love in your home?

1. Domino Magazine
2. Elle Decor
3. First Home
4. Design Sponge
5. House Beautiful
6. Toast House & Home
7. Domino Magazine
8. Domino Magazine