Using red in a home design can be tricky. Without a good idea, a design can quickly fall from romance into sensory overload. To avoid a home that looks more like a fast food restaurant than a luxurious lair, it’s important that the color is used with precision and subtlety. The three homes featured here each use bright red in a way that is neither timid nor overpowering. From plush red unholstering to unique red wall designs and even a bold red ceiling stencil, these designs are anything but gaudy. Take a look at these three apartment interiors and learn how to bring a bit of red hot fun into your own home.
The first apartment featured here is from the visualizers at Zikzak studio and measures just 52 square meters (559 square feet).
The red accents in the main living area are certainly not subtle, but non-red accessories like unique floor lamps temper the brightness of the red.
The bold wall art detail is eye-catching and helps to unify the space, which actually has quite a few different tones, including red, gray, white, and natural wood.
The red dining chairs are also notable in their design as well as their color, looking comfortable enough to settle into for a long and luxurious dinner party.
The dining room pendants nearly blend into the gray cabinetry, lending a glow to the dining area without calling attention to themselves.
A cozy bedroom veers away from too much red, instead utilizing cool grays and whites as well as a calming nature-inspired piece of art.
A red chair that matches the dining chairs makes a comfortable place to work, and can be easily moved into the dining room for larger parties.
Long gauzy gray curtains over floor-to-ceiling windows make for an artful bedroom design choice.
In bathrooms, unique faucets like this one serve both a practical and stylistic purpose.
This next apartment, from visualizers at Prodiz, includes a few shades of rich red for its accent colors of choice.
Starting in the living room, tufted red sofa sections are the most immediately call to color.
A unique texture accent wall serves as a perfect place for a wall-mounted television, adding interest without cluttering the space with wall art that can get distracting.
By choosing a wood coffee table,
the designer has made a focal point for the large living room. Unique coffee tables can be conversation pieces rather than merely places to set your coffee.
A red splattered rug and red ceiling stencil unify the red design without getting too loud.
Even the recesses of the shelving have a few pops of red.
For their part, the bar stools in the kitchen are just dipped in red.
The red lacquer against the wood seating certainly has an Asian-inspired feel to it.
Moving into the bedroom the Asian influence on this apartment becomes even more apparent with the artwork behind the platform bed.
The bedroom pendant lights create a flattering glow, making it easier to relax at the end of a long day.
While the red accents in the bedroom are somewhat subtle, they still bring that forceful color palette into the room for a sophisticated look.
The soft gray upholstery on the bed itself also tempers the red so that the bed is inviting rather than off putting.
Visualizer: A & L Interior Design
The final apartment in this post is a two-story apartment home with Ukrainian themes.
The living area is not exceptionally spacious, which means that the bright red color needs to be used sparingly. One bright red sofa is enough to make a point.
The beautiful painting calls to mind traditional Ukrainian dress while the flower vase makes it easy to bring a bit of the outdoors inside.
Red and black is fairly common color pairing, because it looks chic and just a little bit dangerous.
A wall-mounted entertainment center is a stylish alternative to a hulking shelving unit or the impracticality of a wall mounted television on its own with no place for cables or other media.
An Eames Style Dining Chair lends a timelessly modern look to the dining room.
Unique kitchen bar stools in red bring a a pop of color into the white kitchen.
On the way to the second floor, visitors are confronted with a unique living wall of plants.
From the top of the stairs, we can see how well the green plays with the light wood and white walls in the upstairs hallway.
A class hand railing ensures that the smaller upstairs space does not feel closed in or claustrophobic.
In the bedroom, the red accent color comes back and adds a hint of romance.
A cozy reading nook and vanity use plush red for seating, which feels luxurious.
Red can also easily be brought in using fresh cut flowers for additional romance.
The comfortable reading chair with its own skylight is a lovely place to retreat.
Dangling pendant lights over the stairway have a decidedly modern look.
The use of an “accent stair” is lovely and unique.
And finally the plush red ottoman provides a perfect place to kick off those heels at the end of the day.
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