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Red bedroom ideas: decor, walls, paint, and furniture

Red bedroom ideas: decor, walls, paint, and furniture

A red bedroom is hard to imagine. The color is naturally dramatic and is often used as an accent color for seasonal decorations or large outdoor items like cars. Bright red looks like blood or fire and many people find this too intimidating to be used in a room that is supposed to be calm and calming.

For this reason, red is often replaced by yellow and orange in normal decor, as these are generally more subdued. Even so, you can still use red as the main color in your bedroom design. Here are some useful red bedroom ideas to help you with this.

Less is more

The natural dramatic flair of red means a bit of red hits a fairly long wall. Red bedroom walls can be tempting, especially if you’ve decided to use just the color but it might work better as an accent wall or even an accent strip. Small rooms look better with walls painted red because their size brings a natural kind of restraint.

If you want a bedroom with red walls, make sure you get the most out of the color by showing off loads of contrast material. Place wall decorations like art and mirrors on the red walls so the paint really pops. Red walls are great as a backdrop for picture galleries. You can also put furniture on the walls for the same effect.

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Red bedroom furniture takes a little more thought than usual because the color is so dramatic. White or black furniture looks very good on red bedroom walls. Less dramatic colors like dark wood are not a good choice as they just blend into the red walls. White balances out the red very well and creates a coolness to balance the intensity of the red bedroom color.

Lighter shades of red are perfect for contemporary styles that are usually paired with other bold colors. For more modern designs, opt for a more earthy red color with burgundy or brown undertones. Deep reds with black undertones look good with a more traditional style, though a rural twist on the traditional style will work better with muted, dusty reds.

Red wallpaper is another great idea for an accent wall. It can add that pop of color as part of a design rather than being a solid, overwhelming block of bold colors. The right pattern can give an illusion of space or even a foreshortening.

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If you’re using red, keep choosing contrasting colors fairly simple. Too many vivid colors create an insane mess that is painful to look at. Space quickly becomes the opposite of calm. For bedrooms in particular, this is something that you really want to avoid. A bedroom is a refuge and the colors should help create that atmosphere.

Red and black bedroom

Using red and back in your bedroom is a classic combination. It gives the room a retro feel reminiscent of classic racing cars and sleek Art Deco designs. If you want to use red and black in your bedroom, use clean, polished surfaces and subtle art deco-style subtleties. It creates an overall rather masculine look and is a great option for a single man who wants a different style.

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Use reds and blacks alongside quieter neutrals to balance them out. This is a great color palette with a red accent wall. If that’s too much for you, paint a red Art Deco geometric pattern on the accent wall instead for an interesting focal point. Use the same shade of red in your red bedroom accessories to bring out the color.

The decor on this wall should be chosen so that the color stands out. Use black images for images for maximum contrast. Use darker, red-tinted leather for the upholstery.

Gray and red bedroom

Red bedroom decor looks very good in combination with gray. It’s a very modern look that will make your bedroom a personal haven. A soft gray base color that is usually painted on the walls really makes red bedroom accessories stand out. These red accessories give life to a room that would otherwise appear bleak or too soft. You can use red sheets, pillows, blankets, art, and carpets.

Choose soft fabrics and other textures. The decor should be simple and modern while remaining soft. This look can be very modern and calming, with a nice mix of warmth and coolness. Choose subtle, soft lighting to make the colors feel right.

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Red and Gold Bedroom

Red and gold are a sumptuous combination, especially when paired with ornate decor and furniture. Paint the walls a soft, buttery golden yellow, then add red fabrics and decor. Decorated wooden furniture makes the room look regal, as if it belongs in a fairytale palace. For a very theatrical look, use long red velvet curtains.

You can add some red patterns or swatches of red wallpaper to add accents on the walls that won’t overwhelm the richness of gold. A solid red headboard can also be the perfect accent as it will be a very dominant feature of the room.

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Red, black and white bedroom

Using only red, black, and white in a bedroom is a super modern design. Paint the walls white (off-white if plain white is just too much). Use black furniture and top it off with red accents. This creates a strict, yet lively look.

If you choose the right furniture and decorations, it can be a city, space age, or retro design. Make it soft with fabrics of your choice and some cozy rugs. You want to use simple geometric lines and avoid anything that is overly ornate as it looks out of place.

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Final thoughts on red bedroom ideas

Red bedrooms can be calming havens, even if you go for lighter shades. Its vibrancy and boldness can add a sense of warmth and life (and even passion) to the room if used properly. If you want a red bedroom, you can peel it off with just considering how to use the color.