Home & Garden

Warm up with red decor

Red paired with black can make a bold statement.
Red paired with black can make a bold statement. TNS

Red is a strong, bold color that can perk up a space year-round. If you are looking to infuse the color red into your home decor, here are some tips on how to do it.

▪ Shades of red: Red comes in all shades and tones, and you don’t have to limit yourself to using just one in a space. For example, it’s OK to mix tomato red with burgundy. This technique essentially involves using a tint or shade of a dominate color. In home decor, some of the easiest shades of red to work with in a space are ruby red, bright poppy and rich tomato. These shades of red can serve as ideal pops of color.

▪ How to use red: Red, like other bold accent colors, can be used in any room, but be sure to use the color purposefully in order to not overdo it. Some of the best ways to bring red into the home are through bold, deliberate pops of color. Incorporating small yet impactful red accents could be achieved by using chairs, artwork, toss pillows and even area rugs. These types of accent pieces will allow you to bring red into your space, while still allowing versatility should you choose to swap in another accent in the future.

▪ Color pairings: Looking to purchase red accent pieces for your home? Start out small, by purchasing pieces such as toss pillows, lamps or signature art pieces. The use of a bold accent color will not only make a statement and add interest, but could also serve as the springboard for the rest of the color story around your space.

When looking for colors to pair with red, consider neutral colors that will not conflict such as black, brown, charcoal gray, white and taupe.

Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and interior design and home staging expert. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com.