The 15 Best Red Paint Ideas for Bolder, Brighter Rooms

published Dec 1, 2019
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Red-y or not, here we come with 15 gorgeous rooms that aren’t afraid to be a bit bold with red paint. If you’ve been thinking about painting your walls candy apple, crimson, coral red, or anything in between, now is your chance to gather some major inspo and start swatching. Here are our favorite red paint ideas for tooms and some top red paint colors to help you get the look at home.

1. Try Out a Red-Orange Coral

Feeling more of a red-orange mix? Then Benjamin Moore’s Coral Rock may be calling your name. This spicy hue is pictured in the Chicago studio shown above, and we bet it provides lots of warmth during dreary those winter months.

2. Create an Earthy Red Backdrop for Art

This child-friendly Arizona home is filled lots of fun bright pops of color. How perfect is that red lamp against the backdrop? The paint color shown here is close to Sherwin-Williams’ Coral Bells.

3. Salsa, Anyone?

This Brooklyn apartment features a nice bright red that resembles Benjamin Moore’s Salsa. It’s the perfect background for a curated mix of artwork, textiles, and objects.

Credit: Lauren Kolyn

4. Add a Pop of Brightness

The tenant in this Toronto apartment describes the wall color shown above as either red or bright pink. We think it closely resembles Pantone 1795, which is close to Sherwin-Williams’ Positive Red.

5. Try a Berry Bedroom

While we see tons of neutral bedrooms, there’s no need to shy away from using red paint in your sleeping space if that’s what makes you happy. Mirrored furniture and an oriental rug keep the overall look stylish and on-trend. The shade used here closely resembles PPG’s Calypso Berry.

Credit: Dani Peck

6. Add a Small Splash

Maybe your home already features colorful tile and patterns galore. In that case, all you may need is a simple red paint project. We love the energy that this red half-wall brings to the dining nook in this Massachusetts home. Get the look with Behr’s Licorice Stick.

Credit: Alexis Buryk

7. Add Pizzazz to a Dining Nook

This vibrant New York home features colors of all sorts, but we especially like the bright red hue that shines above the wainscoting in the dining area. Sherwin-Williams’ Real Red is the way to go to copy this look at home.

8. Fire Up Your Brain

It’s safe to say it would be difficult to doze off at your desk while working in this Brooklyn home office. Red can definitely energize a space, and hopefully, it can get those creative juices flowing. If you want to replicate this vibe in your space, try a shade like Benjamin Moore’s Bonfire.

9. Make a Statement With a Map

We already think this home is super cool because it’s in the French Alps, but we’re also totally digging the red paint/map combo pictured in this little nook above. Hanging eye-catching art is always a great way to break up a solid wall. This shade used to frame out the nook reminds us of Pratt & Lambert’s Grenadier Red.

10. Add Red to a Formal Living Space

Lucy Barlow designed this formal living room shown above, which features Farrow & Ball’s Blazer and has an extremely sophisticated, old-world feel thanks to the many oversized paintings, stunning chandelier, and gorgeous molding.

11. Dress Up a Plain Door

Can’t commit to a full wall? Try out a red door first. For a look that’s similar to this Philadelphia loft, try Behr’s Winter Poinsettia.

12. Get Nice and Cozy

A similar shade of paint is used in this charming living room full of mid-century furniture. The shade reminds us of Sherwin-Williams’ Tanager.

13. Take It Outdoors

Why not incorporate red paint on your patio? This home in India features a colorful outdoor retreat in a shade that closely resembles Benjamin Moore’s Raspberry Truffle.

14. Accent Your Fireplace

Hannah of Homes Under the Hannah says she particularly loves the above room in winter, and we totally get why. The red accent wall highlights the fireplace and make the space look so cozy and welcoming. This shade is similar to Sherwin-Williams’ Show Stopper.

15. Seeing Red

Dragons Blood by Benjamin Moore is a mood in this bedroom. It creates a deep, rich red background that contrasts beautifully with crisp white bedding. Even the black four-poster bed pops against this wall color. If you’re considering an intense red for your space, you can’t go wrong with this shade.