It's bold, stimulating, and, yes, lucky. According to the ancient practice of Feng Shui, making red an auspicious way to decorate your bedroom. "Everything you have heard about red is true," says designer Maureen Footer. "It creates energy. It’s unfailingly optimistic. But what makes red enduringly fascinating is its subtlety ... It makes the mundane memorable.”
Ellen O'Neill decorated all four bedrooms of her Bridgehampton, New York, house in the same color scheme. "When it comes to sheets, I just buy anything with red in it, so everything works in any room," she says. She found this bedding in a Paris flea market that matches the window-shade fabric from Ralph Lauren Home.
Quadrille's Lafayette Toile adds French Provincial flavor to a guest room in an 18th-century Long Island house. Tom Scheerer covered a chair in the same fabric too.
Scot Meacham Wood took color inspiration from his favorite Scottish breakfast tea, replicating the hue in his bedroom with Benjamin Moore's Fresh Clay. He designed the cozy headboard specifically with San Francisco's chilly nights in mind.
Remnants of old toile found a new home in this guest bedroom, where they're paired with Ralph Lauren Home linens. Ellen O'Neill set off the patterns with a serene backdrop: Benjamin Moore's Linen White. "It's the blank-canvas approach," she states.
Christina Rottman also used neutrals as a base in this "slightly Provincial" guest bedroom. Martyn Lawrence Bullard's Senja fabric on the four-poster bed warms up the room, echoing the cozy exposed beams above.
It's all about scale in this Hamptons bedroom by Lisa McFadden. The two Designers Guild patterns use the same palette in different ways, adding visual energy to the headboards, benches, and Roman shades.
Connie Newberry wanted to use one of her favorite Brunschwig & Fils prints, but needed to temper the swathes of fabric. "I didn't want guests to come in and think they were going to be eaten alive by those giant apples and pears," she says. Quilting the curtains and painting walls Benjamin Moore's Chili Pepper took the edge off.
The wallpaper in this Maine bedroom adds more than just color. Quadrille's Independence Engraving infuses a bit of history too, replicating a 1783 fabric depicting George Washington at the reins of a leopard-drawn chariot.
Farrow & Ball's Picture Gallery Red lives up to its name, setting off a streetscape, beach scene, and portraits in a master bedroom. Alexander Doherty used the brand's Charleston Gray on the doors and trim, and outfitted the bed with antique French linens.