Color Inspiration: The Return of Red Wine

Color Inspiration: The Return of Red Wine

Abby Stone
Oct 19, 2011

As the weather gets colder, red wine becomes my drink of choice. I'm just waiting for it to be splashed all over my furniture. But this time it won't be the reminder of a particularly good party; the deep reds that were all over the runways will soon migrate to your home! Here are some examples of how to add this warm, cozy color into your space right now!

It brings a room to life: Deep red is the perfect way to bring some life to an otherwise neutral room. It can even work to make a small room feel larger, keeping the eye moving around the space. Don't overdo it. Three accents, like the ones seen in Stephanie's "Down to Earth" Room — a chair, a throw and a painting — add drama without being overwhelming.

It balances strong patterns: Red is a great balance for strong patterns like the black and white wall in Kelley's "Parisian Chic" Living Room. Try it as a foil for animal prints, checks, houndstooth and graphic plaids.

It adds drama to the details: Looking to add some oomph to your room? Red is one of the few colors that can act as as a neutral while not being shy. In Claudia's "Up With Passion" Room it emphasizes an already dramatic staircase. Try painting the molding of a window that frames a great view. A oddly placed door becomes an asset instead of detriment when painted red.

It's surprisingly grounding: In a rug, like the one seen in Alon & Betsy's Clean & Classic French Countryside Home, deep red adds just the slightest pop.

It's modern and classic at the same time: Unlike many colors which come in and out of fashion, deep red is classic, yet its "look at me" punch makes it modern. It's a powerful combination that adds a jolt to a room, like the art in Keith & Sara Outside In Inside Out Modern Farmhouse, keeping it both permanently on trend and timeless.

Images: As linked above.

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