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Color Love: Red

Ways to use this beautiful, powerful and elemental color in your life.

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My sister teases me endlessly about my love of “color”. Colors like, white, black, grey or tan. (Which are TOTALLY colors – don’t get me started.) While I might not dress or decorate with a rainbow of colors, deep down, my favorite color is Red.

This could be genetic. My Momma is from Nebraska.

GO BIG RED

GO BIG RED!!! GBR!!! (Sidenote: I really love that the ‘new’ Herbie Husker has a bit of a gut and wears Dad jeans – can relate. He’s basically a lovingly wrought caricature of my Grandpa Butch. Also, I have a professional studio portrait of me, age 3, wearing exactly what Lil’ Red is rocking, but funnily enough, I couldn’t find it for this post…)

Anyway, genetics aside, I love red because it’s just so damn beautiful. It’s powerful, it’s elemental. It can shine or compliment. The right red can make every skin tone glow. It can be angry or joyful. It’s truly versatile.

So I wanted to round up some of my favorite inspirations and ideas for the bold color Red.

Red Paint Color Inspiration

Red is SUCH a classic. It’s traditional for barns and dining rooms, and in the south and east, for front doors. But I also love it in little surprising hits of color, like roofs, cabinets, and large pieces of furniture. Or, you know, your entire house.

Here are some of my favorite red paint colors. The color names are pretty indicative of the emotion you’re gonna get from each one – each one tells a story. Good job, color marketers…

image of red paint swatches backdrop lipstick on the mirror farrow and ball incarnadine benjamin moore million dollar red behr 100mph sherwin-williams poinsettia sherwin-williams stop

01 – TOP LEFT: BACKDROP – LIPSTICK ON THE MIRROR
02 – TOP RIGHT: FARROW & BALL – INCARNADINE
03 – CENTER LEFT: BENJAMIN MOORE – MILLION DOLLAR RED
04 – CENTER RIGHT: BEHR AT HOME DEPOT – 100 MPH
05 – BOTTOM LEFT: SHERWIN-WILLIAMS – POINSETTIA
06 – BOTTOM RIGHT: SHERWIN-WILLIAMS – STOP

Red Interior Decor Inspiration

To my sister, I say, before I had a house filled with soft neutrals, I owned a red couch. And it was awesome. So to everything, there is a season.

Here are some ways to add a pop of red to your home. Add just a little bit (red dining chairs) or go all the way (wallpaper, baby!).

image of red interior decor products

01 – TOP LEFT: GRADY DINING CHAIR – ALLMODERN
02 – TOP RIGHT: SALAMIS RUG BY SAFAVIEH – TARGET
03 – CENTER LEFT: CARLISLE SLIPCOVERS IN TWILL, SIERRA RED – POTTERY BARN
04 – CENTER RIGHT: SHEETS, DUVET COVER, QUILT SET – ALL BY LANDS END
05 – BOTTOM LEFT: WATER BLANKET BY PENDELTON, BENEFITTING THE AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND
06 – BOTTOM RIGHT: PEEL AND STICK WALLPAPER IN CORAL ZEBRA BY SCALAMANDRE AT THE INSIDE



On that note, Happy Holidays! May you have whatever color you find most inspiring in your life, and may you celebrate your own holiday with those you hold dear!

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  1. Pam says:

    I love red also and bought a red couch and love seat . Now I’m having trouble with color combinations . I’m more primitive and country . Not farmhouse . I have pie safes,dark wood plank floors and red brick fireplace . Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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