Places: Red Rooms

Article Posted By: Jae Warren

of The Home Depot

Image of a living room decorated in a red theme

Image via Miles Redd

Red is the color of the heart, and has a long and storied association with themes of passion, seduction and romantic love. Ironically, when it comes down to the actual “birds and bees,” bees can’t see red at all. They leave red flowers to be pollinated by butterflies, birds and the capricious winds. Simply put, some just aren’t into red.

Red rooms rarely go unnoticed in the home, however, especially ones with tufted, crushed velvet crimson sofas set against walls painted in a compelling shade of pink. You can use the color red to communicate a broad range of ideas or moods, from confidence and good fortune to energy and creativity. But before you go and paint the town and everything in it red, we found some red rooms you might want to take a few cues from.

Image of a red themed room at the Redbury hotel at Hollywood and Vine

Image via The Redbury

Bedrooms are an ideal space to experiment with color. But as alluring as red rooms can be, many people still find them hard to make livable on a daily basis. Maybe this bedroom at the Redbury hotel at Hollywood and Vine will have you seeing red in a new way. It’s hard not to get caught up in the swirl of inspiration created by the rich mixture of patterns and texture, sunset red accent wall, picture gallery and gleaming antique bronze table lamps.


Dining room with red accents

Image via Better Homes and Gardens

You don’t have to paint the walls red to create a red room, as you can see from this example we found on Better Homes and Gardens. Recycled wall art, vibrant accent pillows and fresh red flowers may not attract many butterflies, but these details will surely get the attention of any visitor to your home.

Image of Redshift Impregnation Installation by Cildo Meireles

Image via The Tate

Ever wondered what would it look like if you designed a room in which every single object was some shade of red? Conceptual artist Cildo Meireles explores this very question in Redshift Impregnation, a 2008 installation at the Tate Museum. The answer we settled on is simple: No matter how passionate you are about a color – any color – too much of it can indeed be too much.

Image of a closet painted in red

Image via Architectural Digest

There’s certainly nothing reserved about the color red, but some prefer to keep their affections at least partially hidden from view. The immaculate and well-organized closet of a Tiffany & Co. designer makes quite apparent how well red works virtually anywhere in the home.

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