Something strange is happening in the home decorating world right now. After years of grays, greens and blues dominating design, red is starting to make its mark again. I'm a cool neutrals kind of girl through and through, and I just bought a new Beni Ourain rug with, wait for it, cranberry diamonds on it. And that has me in the market for reddish throw pillows to play up the rug's coloring. Basically, I don't even know who I am anymore!
All that aside, shades of crimson first popped up during New York Fashion Week earlier this year, so it makes sense that we'd start seeing reds trickle into home textiles, furniture and accessories. There's no denying that red is bold and makes a statement. Whether you go full on fire engine walls or choose just a scarlet accent piece here or there, people are going to take notice. And that means lots of decorative bang for your buck.
If you want to go red without making a major commitment, you could try a lampshade or base. Designer Betsy Burnham spiced up the dining room sideboard of her North of Montana project with a pair of red lampshades, and boy, do those babies pop against those slate blue walls.
The next level up would be purchasing a piece of red furniture like the red console in this colorful Berlin apartment.This locker-style cabinet works because it doesn't have to compete with other elements in the room. The white walls and blonde wood floors are relatively quiet, letting the fiery cabinet do all the talking.
An area rug's another opportunity for introducing red into a room in a big way. But again, best to keep furnishings and furniture as neutral as possible, as art director Pelle Lundquist did in his Stockholm apartment featured on Cargo Collective.
Even classic kitchens—think white subway tile backsplash and marble countertops—can handle a dose of brilliant red. Case it point: The red upper cabinets in Emily and Kai's Seattle kitchen. That color choice turns what could be a too serious kitchen into a cheery family cookspace. Weekend DIY project, anyone?
And bedrooms are getting in on the action, too. LA couple Caitlin and Levi chose an autumnal red-orange for their loft apartment's bedroom, and I'd say it's a smashing success. Sure, it's not a look for the conservative decorator, but there's definitely something cozy about enveloping yourself in a deep shade, and red certainly fits the bill here.