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Decorating With Red
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February 2012


Decorating With Red

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This sophisticated and soothing scheme lends itself well to modern spaces. It uses tints and shades of one color, staying within the same column on the color wheel. A monochromatic scheme for red might feature a range of tones from cherry to deep wine.

If you love bold reds, try featuring them in your home office for an overall effect that's pleasing to the eye. In this room, there are very few values (tints and shades) going on throughout. This color scheme is a perfect choice for a home office because it's not distracting.

To recreate this look in your home office, stick to the outer tiers of the color wheel. These are shades of the color red, which means they have more black mixed in. This will give your room a rich, saturated look. To get started, paint your walls a true red and look for furniture with red undertones.

When choosing your accents, you can play with the values more by moving up and down the red column on the color wheel. This will help you add depth and interest. For instance, try an area rug that features a deeper red than your wall color and opt for artwork that features lighter tints of red.

Now this may sound like a whole lot of red, but the reason this room works is because of the carefully chosen neutrals. The rug, lampshade and even the black-finished furniture all work together to counterbalance the intensity of the reds without breaking up your monochromatic moment.

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