and American flags flying in the breeze. Many people are reluctant to bring the color red inside their homes because they don't quite know how to use this intense hue. Anyone who likes the color red would enjoy working in the laundry/storage room above. Red is a great color for dining rooms because it promotes the appetite. In the photo below, red walls add contrast to the neutral tones of the upholstered chairs and richness to the finely-furnished room. The following photo highlights red used as a focal point with the dramatic chandelier and painting in the all-white dining room.
to the artwork. Red is a good choice of color for one or two bold pieces of furniture as seen in the photo below. The red sectional sofa in this small apartment below becomes the centerpiece of the room and counterpoint to the neutral tones of white and gray. The same effect is evident in the following photo where one large painting provides a dominant focal point that enhances the somber colors in the room.
If all the walls of a room are painted red, keeping the furnishings to one muted palette avoids having an explosion of color that makes one feel uncomfortable in a space. In the photo below, I love how the white woodwork, light woods and white furniture pop from the fiery background. Conversely,
the living room in the next photo prefers the walls and flooring to be light in color while the dramatic red color is used on the expansive window treatments and other accents around the room.
For those not afraid to use color, the use of red in these busy spaces creates an ambiance that is exciting and full of energy.
Lucky is the child who calls the next room his or her own. Bursts of color provide a playful
environment and bring happy thoughts to mind... like wearing a pretty new red dress or finding a shiny new red wagon under the Christmas tree.