“When in doubt wear red.” Famous American designer Bill Blass may have been talking about clothes, but this quote still rings true for home design. Red is often seen as a “loud” color. Beautiful, but too bold. Dramatic, but too wild for the typical home or office.
The old belief that red design is reserved for the avant-garde types has passed. More homeowners and designers are finding ways to incorporate red hues in their everyday design choices.
Want to take your space onto an adventurous path? A red Oriental rug makes a bold statement and should be the starting point of your room. Crimson Persian or Oriental rugs add an exceptionally divine touch of sophistication. Whether you own a vintage or a modern rug, learn how to decorate your room with exhilarating reds.
Find the Right Rug
Before you decorate your room, start with finding the perfect rug. Consider the natural features in your space such as dark or medium hardwood floors. Do your walls already have a deep red color or are they neutral? Think about these features as you buy your rug. In a perfect world, buying your furniture and your rug at the same time will take a lot of the guess-work out of decorating.
Take a close look at your rug and determine what are the dominant colors and patterns. Most crimson colored rugs utilize complementary colors like crème or dark blues and purple. Black is a common secondary color in oriental rugs as well. Take note of these additional colors and use them as accent colors to keep the red from overwhelming the room.
Balance with Neutral Colors
An easy mistake to make when decorating is trying to find the exact shade of red in your rug and match it to the rest of your space. The reasons against this are twofold. First, it is extremely difficult to find reds of the exact same hue. Second, since red is a dominant color it needs neutral shades to help balance.
Black or brown leather sofas or cream chairs with black and red accents do wonders for large or small rooms. If you’re looking to update your wall color, go with a fresh coat of white paint and add artistic black and white photos on the walls. Gold frames are a natural complement to red floor coverings.
Frame your rug with neutral accents so as not to overwhelm the eyes. You can use beige or crème accent pillows on your couches. If there are navy blue flourishes in your rug, find a complementary blue color for your curtains. Use another neutral color for lamp shades and pottery.
Red décor is now a favorite color for contemporary homes and offices. Although red is a powerful and bold color, it doesn’t have to be an intimidating shade. By following these tips, you can showcase your luxurious red rugs to make your space amazingly unique.