Seeing Red in Your Decor. Don’t Be Afraid.

red in decor

Red is a daring color, and at some times representative of some scary things: hell, blood, evil.  Never mind. Instead think Christmas, strawberries, apples, passion, and country barns.  Red comes in many variations and changes with its amount of saturation and gloss.  It can be sophisticated or shabby chic. Look at this variety of uses and moods, and see if red is for you. If you find it over-powering, use it as an accent color.

Country Rustic Reds

I’ve been dreaming of this color at night and have been watching videos on how to make and use milk paint to get this antique look.  Although my walls will be fairly neutral, I may do this red on my floors, if I can get my brave on.

Red door
The Old Red Door from


 Mediterranean and Moroccan Reds

Red used in Moroccan and Mediterranean decors is sun-drenched and orange-y to very dark, sometimes together, and often with purples, too.  If you have a Bohemian streak in you, you can take the leap.

Moroccan reds
Moroccan Decor from


China Reds

A very bright red with a tinge of orange is found everywhere in Chinese decor. It is always intense. China Red

Sophisticated Reds

For sophistication, combine red with black.  This room incorporates a sense of fun.

black and red decor


Reds for Kids

Red is a primary color and has ever been used in kids’ room and for kids’ toys. Bringing it into a kids’ room decor makes decorative items out of the toys scattered about.  The reds will resonate with each other.  This fire-engine red room was featured on

kids red room


Shabby Chic Reds

Shabby Chic reds conjure up the idea of Ginghams, but always stand back aways from your Gingham choices.  Little checks just look pink from far away.

shabby chic sofa
Pinned by Finders Keepers


Deep, Mysterious Reds

The darker red you use, the more mysterious it gets.

deep red decor


Random Reds I Like

Ornate red mirror reflects Black Couch


yellow and red decor
Yellow and red from


purple and red
Purple and red from

Gale Boyd is the managing editor for She is a Jewish convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has lived all over the world. She has raised 6 Third Culture Kids and is always homesick for somewhere.