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8 Easy Ways to Use Red in Your Home

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When it comes to our home, we love to be creative from time to time and avoid being too conservative. But using particular traditional colours or those that seem to be “safe” continues to be a trend. 

This is the reason why red is an aesthetic concept that’s not normally utilized in interior design, compared to other colours like blue, cream, or white. However, red can say a lot to your home. And although you may think that it’s a very intense colour, it’s actually a colour that’s easy to work with as long as you’re careful. 

It’s true that red conveys passion, but if you’re too passionate about the colour you might see red literally in your home. It might even go from happy and jolly to aggressive and annoying. If you’re scared to take this risk and just stick to neutral shades, don’t worry! We’re here to help you know when too much is too much and when it’s enough. Here’s how you can successfully use the colour red in your home:

Consider Complement Colours 

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We’re sure that most of you remember the colour wheel from school. You are already familiar that green is exactly the opposite of red, turning it to a complementary colour. Complementary colours are usually to “complement” each other, making it green as the ideal choice to match with red. If you want to prevent your home from looking like a Christmas celebration, we suggest that you get more creative with your palette, you can have a red-centric house with features of turquoise-ish green and several minor accent colours to split it up. 

Pull Off a Monochrome Style

Although mixing various shades of the same hue is usually translated as clashing, if you incorporate gentle, velvety texture in a room, its autumnal palette combine together like a hazy impressionist painting. The technique of pulling off a great monochromatic look is picking accessories in neutral or contrasting colours. Why? Reds are warm, greys are cool, and greens are contrasting and if peppered in a room will definitely increase interest without charging the entire palette. 

Must Not Dominate the Room

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Obviously, to avoid being too aggressive, this colour shouldn’t dominate the room. Thus, you must try to deliver it evenly. If you wish to have it on your walls, then you can blend it with white or light grey. 

Meanwhile, you can have a sofa or your velvet dining chair to be in red. The colour will look best on them. You can even have red cushions on your sofa. It’ll become the centre of attraction since this piece of furniture is normally the focus of the room. 

Moreover, you can also use red on your television cabinet, particularly if it contrasts with the tone of the wall. But we advise you not to use red on red. Otherwise, it’ll intersect and make it difficult to get along with the shape of the furniture. 

Tone Down on Red 

It may seem that your interior walls are the perfect place to add this colour, but they will consume up plenty of visual real estate, so picking the wrong hue can be ugly. If you’re having difficulty doing a bold scarlet tone, a nice option you can turn to is a lime wash for a delicately-aged appearance that will tone down the influence of your red wall. 

Take it Outside 

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Since we know that green is a naturally complementary colour to red, it seems like it’s in its natural abode in the middle of the lush environment of the great outdoors. If you own an outdoor space, you might want to paint your back wall a tone of red that stands out among that greenery. 

Be Natural 

Obviously, red leaves are a cautious way to add a sharing of red to your room. There are plenty of indoor plants you can incorporate such as Christmas cactus, red eucalyptus, and other red-toned foliages that are available in different shades appear more natural than a coat of scarlet paint and can be replanted outside or composted when it deprives its lustre. 

Take it Big or Not 

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Want to go all-in? Then have a statement piece such as a stunning tomato red sofa. As you choose neutral colours for bigger items and adding colour with accent items, it might look like you’re taking the “safer” route! We recommend that you make it simple by committing to a style with one, huge, red, lip-shaped piece of furniture that will mirror the smiling faces of all who are looking at it. 

Always Follow Your Gut 

There may be a lot of guidelines out there that you can read for homeowners and renters that will help you get started with colour, and they are literally limitless. We highly recommend that you throw caution to the wind, and take risks whenever your creativity comes out. This might be the right thing to do! 

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