Home Storage • May 20, 2020
10 Shades of Red for a Classy Atmosphere
Written by: Charelle Engelbrecht
Wine, I mean red… has withstood the test of time through centuries of interior design, and even exterior décor. The color red has the ability to convey a wide variety of moods: cheerful and vibrant, electrifying and fierce, etc. Whether used in an art-deco space or reminiscent of British actress Audrey Hepburn, each shade of red sets a different tone.
Today, we’ll focus on the latter by showing you the shades of red perfect for a sophisticated interior look.
1. Breezy Scarlet
Scarlet is a shade of crimson red with orange undertones – almost as if the sun is permanently shining from within. It’s a very daring color, and hence should be used wisely. Scarlet colors can shout in a room even if the furniture is soft and comfy. The material timber compliments scarlet red nicely: play with rattan accent furniture pieces, or experiment with simple yet elegant coffee tables.
Alternatively, if you prefer slightly darker shades, you could opt for chestnut wooden pieces. Have furniture that is plump and solid, like a leather couch with no pin legs? Try adding a coffee table or accent chair that are lightweight, to balance the look.
2. Crispy Sangria
Doesn’t Sangria just make you feel like summer? A tint of citrus orange and voila! Though not as loud as scarlet nor crimson, sangria is a really lovely color that can be used to add zing to any space. It is best paired with citrus shades: think orange, yellow and light, bright greens.
3. Hushed Blush
Blush is a muted shade of red and doesn’t fall under pastel colors that clash with red. Blush blends well with brighter red colors like scarlet and crimson. You can consider it as a wall color if you have a red throw or couch or even just red scatter cushions, it will immediately anchor the room.
Even with dusty undertones, the pinker the blush the better. Millennial pink, the bolder sister of blush, also pairs beautifully striking with bright shades of red.
4. Romantic Rosé
The wall color in the picture above looks like scarlet at first sight, but it is in fact a more suppressed shade of red, being Rosé. As with Sangria red described above, Rosé pairs well with the same types of colors, albeit those which are more muted or darker.
This shade of red has a more sophisticated, serene mood than bright reds, while still giving a room plenty of edge. Not finding the right way to use romantic rose color at home? Let’s help you!
5. Rich Crimson
The author Munia Khan described this shade of red wonderfully: “Crimson twilight denies to fade away…” Crimson red is used for so many things in this world: to indicate danger, to show that help is available, to celebrate Christmas… It definitely will not be going away. Crimson red is paired exceptionally well with darker colors like navy and emerald (without looking festive) as well as bright ones like canary yellow and different blues (like turquoise and cobalt).
Another potential pairing is blue and red. Blue is especially paired well with this shade of red because they’re opposites on the color wheel. Blue is also a cool color so it doesn’t dominate like red. For a more stylish look, accentuate your space with gold accents/ornaments/accessories.
6. Seductive Cherry
If ever you are in the mood for red but you want a more inviting shade, Cherry is the way to go! This darker red with its pink undertone can be used alongside golden accents and oak furniture, like in the picture shown above. Mahogany wood has a cherry undertone so this type of wood will blend rather than accentuate, making it easier to have more than one type of wood in one room. Because Cherry is such a vivid red color, you can easily have “old-fashioned” fabrics in the room and not worry about the overall look being washed-out/lifeless.
7. Frank Brick
Brick can mean more than one shade of red: some have orange undertones, some purple and yet others reddish-brown. The picture above shows a reddish-brown tone and these go well with medium to darker wooden surroundings.
It goes well with just about any shade of red too – muted or bright, dark or moody. Pairing it with muted or moody reds? Make sure your chosen color(s) has/have dusty undertones, to better complement the brick color.
Tip: Using bare bricks as an accent wall is never a bad idea – it works fantastically for modern types of décor.
8. Intimate Mahogany
The dark red of Mahogany is exquisite when used in furniture. It is complemented by a variety of greens like olive, green-grey, minty or bright greens and even emerald. Whereas lighter colors pop against Mahogany, emerald tends to blend flawlessly with it (apparently green goes with all reds).
9. Delectable Merlot
This is what I’d call a delicious shade of dark red – and for good reason. A wine-colored red works with unimaginable variety of colors when decorating your home. Some confuse this with the burgundy color, which is actually just a darker crimson red.
Pair wine colors with marble and golden accents for a vintage yet modern style. Pair it with musky, grey-blue and oak furniture for a modern statement or aim straight for navy with patterned reds. Use it with medium grey tones and add greenery for a young, spring-like mood. Use a wine color as an accent wall in a barely-beige dominant room and accentuate it with black ornaments.
The options are endless! So just add merlot to your space, and drink up its beauty.
10. Alluring Burgundy
Burgundy is a dark shade of red with purple undertones. Navy and grey-blues are exquisite with burgundy for modern styles, and it can once again be accentuated with gold.
For a more antique look, contrast is key: use only shades of barely-beige and oak/golden footed furniture as accents. Velvety and thick fabrics work best here
So there you have it – 10 shades of red for a classy atmosphere. Feeling inspired to incorporate red into your house yet? Try our tips today, and be amazed by the results!