Red With Envy

Because red carries such strong symbolism and emotion, there is no doubt that it is the perfect color to celebrate the most powerful emotion of all…LOVE. Admittedly, I tend to shy away from red in both my decor and my wardrobe. But with Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year upon us, red is simply impossible to avoid. If you are a little apprehensive (like me) about using large amounts of red, start by adding just one element of red to your living space. Because red carries such power, it makes for a perfect accent piece. Even just a small splash of red can transform an entire space, giving it power, romance, and drama. I have collected some of my favorite “red rooms” below, each using red in its own beautiful way.  Maybe red has won over my heart after all…

Sumner Design Studio. The red chandelier and solitary red chairs add drama to an otherwise neutral monochromatic space.

This is a perfect example of how a small splash of red can have a big impact on the aesthetic of a room.

The cherry blossom wallpaper, red dot sheets, and small red lampshade gives this room just enough red without being overwhelming.

Red and light blue is a beautiful combination, and I love the contrast between the dark wood table and red bamboo chairs.

This beautiful red door not only makes a statement on the outside of the house, but also complements the decor inside.

Domino Magazine May 2008. The red detail in this room is beautiful. I love the red frames, red embroidery on the bedskirt, and the red scalloping on the coverlet.

Elle Decor November 2009.

Metropolitan Home. This absolutely gorgeous red chandelier is captivating. The rest of room fades into the background.

Red becomes even more dramatic when paired with bright white. House Beautiful.

This is an interesting way of adding a splash of red. The red frames make the photo montage more visually interesting and adds geometry to the long hallway.

Designer Kelly Wearstler's second book "Hue" (released November 2009) showcases some of her most famous projects, including celebrity homes, hotels, and her own home in Beverly Hills. Wearstler is the ultimate trendsetter when it comes to using bold color.

“When in doubt, wear red.” -Bill Blass


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