The color of the season…red!

December 12, 2011 § 5 Comments

Red is so festive and cheerful—it’s the perfect color for the holiday season.  Why not spread some holiday joy year-round by adding this color to your home?

Photo: via Jane from Stormy Girls Castle Blog

My favorite way to use red is to add touches of red throughout the home.  Pick a few moments in each room…a red accented front door,  a red leather tray with books or a throw, red cabinetry in the kitchen or mudroom, or a red accent wall.  Think of your home as having one color palette—played out in different ways.  Use quiet colors for the backdrop.  Neutrals work best, like off-white, charcoal & beige.

Photo: Southern Living

Photo: Traditional Home

Photo: Country Living

Photo: This Old House

This works great with a small home or apartment.  Try using more red in some rooms than others.  Mixing it up and using red in different ways will keep it interesting.


Color palette swatches are from Benjamin Moore: Segovia Red 1288, Black Tar 2126-10, Simply White OC-117, Spring in Aspen 954.


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§ 5 Responses to The color of the season…red!

  • love the red kitchen! i am so into painted cabinets of late.

  • katrina berg says:

    They are all beautiful…especially crushing on the library. The black bookcases balanced by the beige carpet and wall paint with the splashes of red. 🙂 I luv the small reminder of holiday cheer all through the year.

  • Jeannette Pompi says:

    I love red! Prior to renovation, I had red laminate counters in my kitchen. Now, after renovation, we have granite counters (not red) and mushroom colored cabinets. I miss my red…..SO, I’m thinking of painting the backsplash area a muted shade of red to give the area some WARMTH.

  • RED is a fantastic neutral…my favorite is Benjamin Moore’s Caliente Red. It has amazing coverage as well as depth & a certain richness. I usually describe it as a “Frank Lloyd Wright” Red, which usually leads to a great discussion about one of my favorite architects.

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