Red Decor

Bold accent chairs like this one in red took center stage at the recent furniture show where hot trends are revealed twice a year at a Las Vegas market. (Handout/TNS)

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you will likely see a lot of red home decor items in retail stores. Red is a strong, bold color that can perk up a space year-round. If you are looking to infuse the color red into your home decor, now is an ideal time to snag some key pieces.

Shades of red

Red comes in all shades and tones, and you don’t have to limit yourself to using just one in a space. For example, it’s OK to mix tomato red with burgundy in the same space. This technique essentially involves using a tint or shade of a dominate color. In home decor, some of the easiest shades of red to work with in a space are ruby red, bright poppy and rich tomato. These shades of red can serve as ideal pops of color.

Red Decor

This bold graphic art piece is the perfect way to add a pop of red in your space. (Handout/TNS)

How to use red

Red, like other bold accent colors, can be used in virtually any room of the home, but be sure to use the color purposefully in order to not overdo it. Some of the best ways to bring red into the home are through the use of bold, bright pops of color in deliberate and thoughtful ways. Incorporating small yet impactful red accents could be achieved through the use of pieces such as chairs, artwork, toss pillows and even area rugs. These types of accent pieces will allow you to bring the color red into your space, while still allowing versatility should you choose to swap in another accent in the future.

Color pairings

Looking to purchase red accent pieces for your home? Why not start out small, by purchasing accent pieces such as toss pillows, lamps or signature art pieces? The use of a bold accent color will not only make a statement and add interest, but could also serve as the springboard for the rest of the color story around your space.

When looking for colors to pair with red, consider neutral colors that will not conflict such as black, brown, charcoal gray, white and taupe.

Red Decor

A pop of red through the use of toss pillows perks up this black and white-inspired bedroom. (Handout/TNS)

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her website at

By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service (TNS)