Decorate With Red to Give Your Space a High-Design Vibe

Red never goes out of style, although different tones of the color will be more popular for a while. A deep, rich red is the “it” color of the moment and we’ve got some great ideas on how you can decorate with this rich, sumptuous hue.

Also known as brick, merlot, spice, chili, ruby or deep red, this red is spicy, exotic and vibrant. It’s fairly neutral so you can pair the newest red with greys, chocolates, tans or warmer colors. Here are 24 ideas on how you can decorate with red for a high-design look that’s both inviting and intimate.

How to decorate with red furnishings and accessories

The fastest way to infuse red into your environment is by adding a few accessories like new bedding, throw pillows, a throw blanket, rugs, vases and wall art. Feeling a bit bolder? Nothing is sexier than a deep red velvet sofa.

If you’re on a limited budget and don’t want to make permanent color changes, go with small but bold red accessories like throw pillows or a rug. Image: Radform
Red velvet dining chairs as well as two clear acrylic red wall panels add a striking splash of color to this contemporary dining room. Image: Philippe Le Berre
Liven up neutrals like greys and tans by adding accessories like this cubist rug and deep red throw pillows. Image: In Unison Design
The designer of this room wanted to add symmetry with the red accessories. The red accents were placed in pairs, while the single pillow and red Venetian glass lamp were centered in the room. Image: Luce Vetro
For a fresh new way to decorate with red, pair the sexy color with deep chocolate brown. Image: House Beautiful
A white understated room feels anchored and exotic, thanks to the vibrant ruby red tribal rug. Image: Photo by Pixy
A small loft space’s main attraction is the oversized deep red velvet tufted sofa. Image: Domus Nova
A deep ruby red is a fresh and sophisticated color for holiday decorating. Image: Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Deep red paint ideas

Red is an intense color. Painting an entire room in the shade may feel a bit too much, but a carefully chosen wall or architecture detail in a deep rich red tone can work. Here are some beautiful red paint ideas.

Brick red canvas panels frame the homeowner’s Buddha collection and also pull the room together by adding an exotic feeling to what was a simple neutral space. Image: Taylor Howes
Only the window wall was painted in this deep chili red. Image: Gruppo Castaldi
Painting the headboard wall of this large, open bedroom in a matte red finish creates a warmer and more intimate space. Image: Armazem Design
This guest bedroom/home office is painted in a welcoming chili red tone. The bright white molding breaks up the deep color. Image: Capital Closets
To create an intimate setting for dinner parties, the dining room received a rich brick red tone on the walls. Image: Ascher Davis Architects
Red is also a complementary tone to black and white room settings. Image: Gruppo Castaldi
Paint your headboard wall in a deep, earthy red tone to add a warm, inviting feel to your bedroom. Image: Swank Design

Rich red tiles

If you want to add rich texture to a space or accent wall, a red tile is the perfect addition. If the foundation of your room is white, red tiles can also add a modern feel to the space.

Tile the area around your fireplace in a red tile to add drama to your living room. Image: Arto
This contemporary white bathroom felt a little cold and stark before adding this stunning red glass mosaic tile. Image: Famosa Tile

Decorating with red in the kitchen

Red in the kitchen may be the most natural place for the color. That’s because some say the color red can increase your appetite. You can decorate with red by adding a red backsplash, adding red barstools or painting your cabinets or kitchen island in red.

A high gloss red kitchen backsplash flows beautifully with the walnut brown and white color theme of this modern kitchen. Image: Architrix Studio
High gloss red cabinets highlight the rich hue well and also reflect light to maintain a bright and airy kitchen. Image: Roselind Wilson Design
When decorating with red, add the color in at least 2 or 3 ways throughout the kitchen. Image: Nicholas Anthony
Low maintenance industrial bar stools in red add a vibrant and family-friendly feeling to a minimalist white kitchen. Notice how the red is sprinkled throughout the kitchen as well as out into the sunroom. Image: Lynsey Jane Designs
While the kitchen backsplash is a good place to add red, the side panels of the island are an original way to include the color. Image: Baldridge Architects
Grey, black, white and brown are natural mates for a deep, rich red, like this kitchen shows. Image: Area

Red should be part of your home in one form or another. The invigorating color adds a feeling of good energy to any room. Depending on how much you like the color, you can add a few small touches or create full rooms featuring red. Where would you add red in your home? Let us know in the comments.