Decorating with Red

Red is an energetic color that represents strength and passion.

It can be a tricky color to use in your home, but when done right it’s beautiful.

If you’re not afraid of decorating with red, then you’re going to love these photos from Houzz.

Let me know which room is your favorite!

Traditional Kitchen by Red Lion Kitchen & Bath Designers Keener Kitchen Manufacturing

Red kitchen cabinets could be overwhelming, but paired with black it’s rich and polished.


Craftsman Dining Room by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Tim Andersen Architect

I’ve always loved red walls in a dining room, maybe because one of my best childhood friends lived in a home with a red dining room. This craftsman style dining room looks fresh and inspiring in red and white.


Eclectic Living Room by Brooklyn Photographers Jacob Snavely Photography

How about this fun, eclectic room with its happy red walls?

I don’t have the courage to do this in my home, but I love the look of this living room.


Rustic Living Room by Venice Architects & Building Designers tumbleweed and

If you’re a little fearful of decorating with red, consider adding it in small doses.

Red-striped grain sack fabric is the perfect choice for a comfy living room.


Traditional Bedroom by Santa Monica Interior Designers & Decorators Cynthia Marks – Interiors

Red pillows with a chair in matching fabric is another way to add elements of red to your home.

A red-striped rug underfoot adds another punch of red in this pretty bedroom.

Doggie looks like he enjoys the room, too. I’ll bet he’s not allowed on the bed.


Traditional Kitchen by Atlanta Interior Designers & Decorators Pam Adams

Here’s another pup who enjoys decorating with red!

Red and green toile wallpaper lend an English cottage feel to this kitchen.


Traditional Bedroom by Washington Interior Designers & Decorators Sroka Design, Inc.

Another use of toile when decorating with red is this pretty comforter.

Paired with a red door and checked rug, this room is refreshing and appealing.


Traditional Kitchen by Chicago Interior Designers & Decorators Buckingham Interiors + Design LLC

You might first notice the red kitchen island top in this room,

but did you see the red floors? It works in this room with all the white cabinetry.


Eclectic Living Room by Amsterdam Media & Bloggers Holly Marder

Here’s a more modern Scandinavian home with red painted floors.

The light in this space keeps the red from overpowering the room.


Farmhouse Exterior by Little Rock General Contractors Bret Franks Construction, Inc.

Decorating with red doesn’t have to be relegated to the inside of a house.

Red is one of my favorite exterior colors. I’ve never seen an ugly red house.


Rustic Exterior by Kansas City Photographers Bob Greenspan Photography

You can always opt to use red for a trim color, too.

So what do you think? Are you brave enough to do some bold decorating with red?

Or would you go for some of the subtler touches of the color in your home?


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  1. I liked the traditional bedroom with the fireplace and the kitchen after it was cozy…they made red not so bright. 🙂

  2. Hi Jennifer,
    I love the rustic white living room the best with a touch of red in the grain sacks. The traditional bedroom with the fireplace is gorgeous too. I am thinking of doing red and white for Christmas this year! Have a great rest of the week.

  3. I like the second picture, the craftsman style dinning room! So striking!
    Red is my favorite color too, but I don’t have any red in my home…at the moment.

    Thanks for sharing, Jennifer.


  4. I like the white livingroom with the red stripe grain sacks and the bedroom right after it. I love red but it’s just too intense for me on the walls.

  5. Red is a tricky color. I read once that every room needs a little touch of it. Then it is like artichokes up to ones taste sort of a thing. BUT if done right …. It can be like that (PERFECT)

  6. I love them, they’re all very well put on the red, otherwise it could look loud! I love the first kitchen although not with black but with an off-white. I love the bedrooms too. Thanks, it was fun to see these images.

  7. I like the craftsman dining room and traditional bedroom and the last rustic house wears red in a very different way. I think the shining red door will stick in my mind for awhile; so stunning.