Decorating with colour - Red

Red is fast becoming the colour of choice both on and off the catwalk. This bold hue was seen on the Spring/ Summer 2017 catwalks and swiftly continued into the Autumn/ Winter collections. Red is a great transitional colour but it's important to use it correctly. You don't want to overpower your space to the point of headache.

There are a huge range of shades in the red spectrum and each one tells a different story. Whether you want to play it safe with a more neutral shade (a red with a brown undertone) or go big and bold with a cherry red. You can always tone down or amp the colour up with the right accessories, it just depends on your mood and how you want to use the space.

Bright reds when mixed with golds can look a little too brash and link closely to the traditional Eastern European aesthetic particular popular in Russia (they have enough space to pull it off!) But here in the UK we often want something a little more subtle with an exotic flavour. Enter, Chinese Red; the perfect combination of British eccentricity and Asian opulence.

For an authentic feel, mix this hue with black lacquer furniture, oriental patterns and muted neutral textiles. You can add some mid-toned greys into the colour palette to create a more contemporary mood.

For a more traditional English look, terracotta is your natural stone of choice; a design staple for over 5,000 years if it ain't broke don't fix it. Play with colours and mix a red based terracotta with powdery pinks, dove grey and distressed metals for a modern industrial look.

Looking to add some accessories into an existing space? Try dressing up blues and greys with hits of coral; fabric trims, textiles and patterns are a great addition to any space. However you want to inject some colour into your room, explore the red spectrum, we promise you'll find something you love and you won't regret it. For more interior inspiration see our Pinterest board all about the colour red.

Image Credits:

Jil Sander A/W17

Gucci S/S17

Oscar De La Renta A/W17

Farrow & Ball

Red Rug

Minton Hollins Bevel

Elias Rojo Terracotta



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