RED!!!…The never ending topic of decorating conversations. Do you use it? Do you get rid of it? Am I tired of it? WHY do I miss it? When we built our home 8 some years ago, reds, yellows and blacks were all the rage. Warmer colors were everywhere you looked. But quickly, just like all styles, it seemed the popular colors started to change and I personally found myself with A LOT of red decor and not sure what direction to go.
To change a home’s ENTIRE color scheme can be VERY pricey, and honestly at times, not always doable. In my basement, I was such a LOVER of RED at the time, I painted my big wood hood over my wet bar this trending color! So Red was VERY much a permeant fixture in my home. As I saw the trends shifting from warmer to cooler tones, I was even more determined to embrace the red in my basement while still somehow enjoying the current popular colors. I wanted to make it work!
Here are a few pictures of how I mixed these colors together.
Here are a few of the reasons I keep the color red
#1 I really do LOVE the color red. I always will!
#2 I didn’t have the time or the money to 100% start over
#3 I wanted to feel HAPPY with my space, and not feel like I was missing out on the new decorating trends.
I had a goal to some how make red work with the fun grays, creams and blues that seem to be popular. With my knowledge that trends in decorating come and go, I needed to be true to “ME” and surround myself with the things I LOVED and not base my decorating decisions solely on what’s popular. The key with red is to use it sparingly. Overly using this color is when you can quickly tire of it. By pairing red with A LOT of neutrals, allows it to take on a fresh clean feeling vs feeling heavy and weighed down.
In my basement, I added just small touches of red. A pop in the floral pattern in my pillows. A vase of flowers, and also a bolder red accent pillow (quatrefoil). But again with a good amount of the red and cream colors in the pattern, I neutralized the space by using a solid gray/beige sofa (IKEA) and a gray neutral rug ( Pottery Barn) I also hung some gray chevron curtains (West Elm) and painted my walls a warm neutral tanish- gray color ( natural linen- Glidden)
Over on my turquoise hutch, I have another pop of red in the flowers. And Yes…Blue and Red do go together. You just need to make sure to pick the right shade of blue:)
Red will always be in style, it’s just how you go about using it! Just be true to “YOU” and what you want in your home. And be sure to LOVE the space you’re in! For More decorating Tips see www.homebyheidi.com