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Have you red the latest?

The color red is sneaking back into vogue in interior design. Here are some simple ways to add a pop of red in your home’s interior.

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Packed full of energy and excitement, the color red is sneaking back into vogue in interior design.

For years, people shied away from this arresting color, opting instead for safe, soothing grays, tans and creams. But now folks are feeling bolder and taking bigger risks in their decorating. And as they do, red is shooting up the popularity charts.

Want to join the fun and add this striking color to your décor? The key to success when decorating with a statement color as striking as red is to pick a few key places to let it shine.

Here are some simple ways to add a pop of red in your home’s interior:

Paint a wall

If you want to go big with red, wash a wall in it. Depending upon the shade you select, red will send off a strong vibe that ranges from happy to angry, so pick your paint color carefully. Another word of caution: It’s easy to go too far with red, so start by using this powerful color in small doses. Before washing the entire room in red, start with just one wall and see what you think. Whether you end up painting one area or the whole room, be sure to balance your high-intensity wall color with plenty of light-colored neutrals through upholstery, art and window coverings.

Cover some furniture

Give a room an energy boost by adding in a piece of red furniture. Even a small piece of accent furniture will stand out in a room filled with, say, whisper white and dreamy blue. When you’re working with red, it doesn’t take much to get big results. The beauty of red is that it works in every style home, from ultra-mod to super-traditional.

Hang artwork

To pay tribute to a favorite color, showcase it through a piece of artwork. Switching out your art is a great way to change the look and feel of a room. If you hang art that includes red, rest assured it will get noticed.

Make a red-light district

It can be fun to add a surprise element in every room — a little something that catches people off guard because it’s so unexpected. A red lamp is the perfect pick. It’s sure to elicit a smile. Or try just adding a red shade to a glass or white lamp you already own.

Amp up with red accents

If you prefer to add red in small doses, one way is with accents. Here’s a fun idea: Work red in through nostalgic or interesting details, like a glass box holding poker chips. Storage that doubles as a stylish accessory — what could be better than that?

Bed pillows and table linens

Like artwork, accent pillows give you a super-easy way to introduce a new color to your home’s décor. Toss a red pillow in the mix on your sofa or bed. If you’d like to join the red craze but don’t want red in your décor, try some red table linens. Perhaps you can feature red place mats, napkins or a tablecloth in your kitchen or patio.


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