Red is such a strong color, so using it when decorating must be well thought and planned to the details. Red makes a great accent color when paired with neutrals; it also stands alone in certain rooms, on certain objects.
In places where people come together to visit, such as the living room, den or sitting room, red can be placed as an accenting color on fabrics and small furnishings. Red throw pillows on a white or chocolate brown couch will add pizzazz to an otherwise drab environment. Use red and white drapes, a red framed mirror or red lampshades to liven up the area as well.
On the other hand, red makes a prominent statement on walls and rugs, too. Red walls look best when paired with bright-white trim work and infused with neutral accents. Along the walls place pictures with black frames, and set out white lamps on brown furniture. Red rugs also make a bold impression for guests of the home.
A red rug blends best with the surrounding elements when it involves multiple other colors. Black, green and white colors go well with red so they are often found in multi-colored rugs. These colors go well with light neutrals, as well as green and yellow.
In the bathroom, red can be either an accent or the focus color. In a small bathroom, red should be placed on a single, large item as the focal point. The cabinetry beneath the sink can be red to bring attention to the sink and mirror area of the room. Accent the cabinets with curtains that have red in them.
Alternatively, a white bathroom can enlist red towels and a red shower curtain to provide an aesthetic appeal. If dark blue is used in a large bathroom, a red flower arrangement on the sink will bring warmth to the room.
While kitchens are typically brightly hued with yellow or green, a bouquet of red flowers will add intensity to the table area. In addition, red cushions or a red tablecloth in the dinning room will give the impression of comfort during meals. The dinning room walls may also be painted red, or have a red and white textured wallpaper applied, to lend an inviting feel to the environment.
Red becomes a romantic and sensual color when used in the bedroom. The bold color may be used on nearly anything in this room, as the idea is often to instill closeness and luxury. The lamps on the night stands may either have a red shade, or be entirely painted red. Blankets, pillows, drapes and other fabrics may also be solid or textured red.
When using red on a large amount of objects in the bedroom, it is best to pair those objects with dark wood furniture or a wood floor for contrast. The strength of the red should always be cooled down with natural elements like gold, metal or wood.