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Red is a hue that can evoke a number of emotions: It can be energizing and glossy in a living room, spicy and appetizing in a kitchen, and just sensual enough in a bedroom.

However, choosing the right red can be tricky. (Remember when Mr. Big painted his bedroom bright red?).

To make sure you don’t go overboard, we’ve collected our favorite red walls from incredibly designed homes, along with top designers’ insights on how best to pull it off.

Read on for their tips on incorporating this statement hue into your next room makeover.

In a couple’s Houston abode designed by J. Randall Powers, vibrant red walls instantly draw attention to impressive pieces of art from the owners’ collection — but this isn’t a choice for the reserved. “Pulling off a red room is like pulling off red lipstick, because it takes guts and attitude,” says Powers. “After six tries, we all agreed upon Tomato Red by Benjamin Moore. It’s the perfect red to pair with rich woods, contemporary art and feels saturated enough to be the life of the party.” The library’s sofa and ottoman are covered in a Pierre Frey linen velvet, the William Haines cane chair and cocktail table originally belonged to the wife’s grandfather and the artwork is by Vik Muniz.

Red walls don’t always need to be approached with bright paint. In this slightly more muted red guest room in antiques dealer and interior designer Lorenzo Castillo’s home, wallpaper by Sanderson creates a sophisticated yet sensuous backdrop for the space. The headboard is upholstered in a Valentino velvet, the bench is Louis XV–style and the Spanish mirrors are 17th- and 18th-century. The paintings are by ­Yturralde.


If you’re not prepared to paint an entire wall red, try just part of the wall, as interior designer Celerie Kemble did on the trimming and wooden overlay on the mirror paneling of this East Hampton dining room. “We chose a deep raspberry color that was a few shades more pungent than the pink-red used in the centers of the peonies on the hand-painted Frontal scenic wallpaper,” says Kemble. “The high gloss finish of the paint holds equal shine power to the reflective glimmer of the mirror and lifts some additional reflective elements up high to the ceiling, making the room feel dynamic and balanced.” The trim color is Pantone’s Tibetan Red, and the vintage chandelier is from D & G Antiques.


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