How to Decorate a Red Room

Red has long since been a color related to the performing arts, drama, and love. Painting bedroom walls red is certainly not for everyone, but if done right, it can look sophisticated and funky. The article below may work better for a girls room, but if you're a guy, than feel free to play around with the guidelines to figure out what works and what doesn't. Read on for tips and tricks to decorate your red room and transform it into the artful, dramatic space you've envisioned.


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    Plan it out. Before setting out to design your red space, you must have an idea of what you want it to be and have a place to gather inspiration from. You can look in interior decorating magazines, on websites such as Apartment Therapy and Pinterest, or even draw inspiration from shows on channels such as HGTV and DIY.
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    Designing an artsy color palette. Just because your room is red doesn't mean you need to be restrained to red and its various shades when planning the color scheme of your room. Mixing colors that complement red, like black, white, and blue, will leave your room fresh and vibrant. Remember to stick to light colors, preferably creams and whites, to complement your shade of red, however, unless you are going for a heavy, dark look. Also keep in mind that with red, since it is such a loud color, less is often more.
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    Choose your furniture. Often contemporary, white furniture (think Ikea and Scandinavian designs) looks best with the color red. So whilst shopping for furniture, look for sleek designs with sharp features, minimal detailing, and clean lines. Also consider metal (perhaps a wrought-iron headboard) for an edgy feel or vintage furniture if you have in mind a more romantic space.
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    Choose your lighting. What's so great about designing a red room is that red is thought to be a very dramatic color, associated primarily with theatre and the other various performing arts. So if you choose to go bold, then it will certainly fit in. Especially with lighting - in a room that's been painted red, strand of christmas lights and other bright, overbearing lights will fit in quite nicely. When shopping for lights, try to draw inspiration from movies and plays, or sets for plays and movies.
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    Wall art and d├ęcor. Ideas for things to hang up on your walls include vintage movie posters, pictures of black-and-white actors or actresses, modern painting by artists like Jackson Pollock and the like, and mirrors. When looking for frames, try to pick up frames that are more neutral and simple to contrast with the overall dramatic feel of the room. Feather boas, when draped on dressers or floor-to-ceiling mirrors also add a bit of pizzazz. When looking for statement pieces, think glitter, sparkly, and shiny.


  • Remember not to make an exact replica of anybody else's room. As with designing any space, it's vital to keep in mind the importance of letting your personality take charge. You will only feel truly happy in any space if it's full of things you love and things that speak to you.
  • Less is more when designing a red room! There is a full chance that your room is so full of personality and drama that it becomes way too loud and overbearing, and you don't want that to happen.
  • Don't hesitate to go down the route of DIY - it is often more cost efficient.
  • Shopping on sites like Etsy and Ebay will enable you to find statement pieces that are unique, one-of-a-kind, and virtually impossible to find anywhere else.

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