Colour Focus: Red

Here's how to use this powerful and auspicious colour in your home.

Updated on June 30, 2017 11:06 am

Catherine Zhang

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Red is a very strong colour. It represents love and passion. It is also a stimulating hue that can perk up the senses. For many Asian countries, it is the colour of good fortune.

Red is such a bold shade that many homeowners find it challenging to incorporate it into their home design. Fortunately, there are several stylish ways to work with this beautiful colour in your interiors.

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It’s not technically part of your interiors, but a red front door can instantly add personality to your house. Paint it a cheery shade of red and you'll receive non-stop compliments from your guests.

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Start small if you are not sure how to work with this strong shade. Add red accent pieces such as throw pillows and rugs to give a huge colour boost, especially for rooms with neutral or monochromatic colour schemes.

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Red statement furniture can add a huge pop of colour to a room. Plus, they make cool conversation pieces.

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This colour is also recommended in kitchens or dining rooms as it is associated with food and help increase the appetite.

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Since red heightens the senses, you might want to use less of it in the bedroom—the place for rest and sleep. If you decide to splash the sleeping quarters with red, use muted shades such as old rose, rust red, or burgundy.

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Red has an immediate effect on people. If you’re feeling bold enough, do an entire wall or room in red. Choose a shade that matches your home’s style. Most shades of red work well with modern interiors. Contemporary styled homes can benefit from bright red accents. Industrial and farmhouse styled homes can get a boost from neutral, chalkier shades, or red.


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