Tuesday, January 30, 2007

That Touch of Red

Albert Hadley once said that there should be at least one red accent in every room. I couldn't agree with him more. Red is such a powerful color and can add such energy and drama to a room. Red walls add sizzle, while red furniture catches your eye. Red can be used sparingly, if you choose, through displays of books with red dustjackets or bunches of red roses, for example. Below are some photos of rooms designed by various decorators. Some use the color proudly, such as Miles Redd, while others use it in a more subtle way. However you choose to use it, perhaps you might find some inspiration.


Miles Redd


Steven Sclaroff & Kate Spade



Sam Blount

Woodson and Rummerfield



John Loecke

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I have heard the same thing said for black, a touch in every room, and, together, it is smashing! I have a black hutch and a red Turkish rug and they balance each other so well, one grounds, the other provides excitement.

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  2. I adore red! love that red tufted couch in the Miles room. And also the glam pendant lights in the Woodson room.

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  3. Louise11:08 AM

    Sorry, not "mom" -- that's how I sign on my daugher-in-laws blog and it was just an auto response - Mom is actually "Louise"! LOL

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  4. I too live by the black rule, and I've also heard that every room needs a touch of yellow. Luckily that combination works, look at Kate Spade's room.

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  5. Louise (Mom)- that's so funny. I thought perhaps my mother had learned about blogging! You're right, though, about touches of black too. You have to have black in a room (I don't have a room where there is not black or red). It does "ground" any high-energy colors you may introduce to a room. Good point!

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  6. Ronda, yellow would work too! There are actually very few colors that I would not want to introduce to a room. I love color (although I never wear it for whatever reason). In the latest issue of House Beautiful, Miles Redd suggested painting a room chalky white, the ceiling sky blue, the trim black, and the doors bright red.

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  7. casapinka3:04 PM

    Pink. Doesn't the rule say PINK? You guys are changing things all around. Nevertheless, these are gorgeous. I esp. love the Woodson room with red molding and the lights. And the fabness of Miles' whole house goes without saying.

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  8. Fantastic Post POC. I'm a huge Miles Redd fan too - it seems we are all Miles fans in this little blogging circle!!

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  9. My mom always says "every room needs a touch of black" and I have applied that...curiously I don't have a SINGLE touch of red in my home. I am a Pisces and such a blue/turquoise girl. I do think red looks lovely combined with light blue or aqua. You've inspired me to add little touches of red here and there, like the adorable finials on your pagoda-shade lamp.

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  10. Anna- I'm sure everyone is sick of me talking about Miles, but I do admire his work. He is also a charmer according my friends who know Miles!

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  11. Laura- perhaps my post should have been about red and black! I completely agree about using some black in a room. In fact, every room of mine has black in it, usually in the lampshades. I think that a little something red would look smashing in a predominately blue room!

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  12. i live by the black rule, and i've also adopted the purple rule from prince: a little shot of deep, dark purple in every room. keeps it funky.

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  13. Where is that pic from Kate Spade's apartment from? I can't remember what mag had the first spread on her fabulous place.

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  14. Truffles- That photo was from an article in Town & Country, Oct '04. I too love her place, and personally I prefer the article in T&C over the one in World of Interiors. Thanks for posting!

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