30 Decorating Ideas to Make Red Your Power Color at Home

It's bold and timeless at the same time.

red bedroom

Sharp, sophisticated and sexy are just a few ways to describe this decorating go-to. Proof: These designer bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens all feature gorgeous shades of red and check off the aforementioned boxes easily.

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Roland Bello
Striking Wallpaper

Graphic Escher tiles by and Scalamandré's classic Zebras wallpaper elevate this kids' bath in a Manhattan apartment decorated by Miles Redd.

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Michael Price
Poppy Accents

Designer T. Keller Donovan renovated the kitchen in his Florida home, going for a simple, all-white look. He added a pop of color with Marais stools from .

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Playful Chinoiserie

Designer Ashley Whittaker replaced clinical ceiling-high white tile with fanciful Asian-themed wallpaper (lampshades mimic the red parasols) and a faux-bamboo mirror.

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French Provincial

This guest room of this house, designed by Tom Scheerer, takes its French Provincial flavor from on the walls.

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Crimson Layers

Lively scenes and vivid wallpaper reds, an eye-catching crimson shade, distract attention from the awkward space designer Meg Braff had to work with.

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Rustic Wood

The boys' bathroom in a Lake Tahoe home designed by Matt O'Dorisio has a large trough sink and a pendant from Schoolhouse Electric Supply & Co. But it's the deep red storage pieces that draw the most attention.

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Reds and Greens

Designer Allison Paladino created an oceanfront Palm Beach house that's colorful, happy and full of energy. In the daughter's bedroom, she limited the palette to reds, greens and tans, but provides caution: "I think you shouldn't use too many colors when you're working with bold shades."

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Chinois Wallpaper

In the TriBeCa loft that fashion designer Beth Blake s with her husband and two children, designer Steven Sclaroff covered the bathroom in a bright wallpaper "in the spirit of the vestibule," Jardin Chinois by Christopher Norman.

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Playful Pops

Decorator Kathryn M. Ireland renovates her Santa Monica kitchen in just under three weeks.

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red white blue bedroom
Patriotic Touches

The large guest room in this Charlotte, North Carolina, house needed graphic punch, so designer Lindsey Coral Harper started with the carpet, and ended with the Greek Key pendant light from C. Bell.

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Cozy Neutrals

This new traditional kitchen sticks with a mostly-neutral palette and lets pops of red stand out on the window treatments and seat cushions.

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Christopher Baker
Mixed Patterns

In this Hamptons bedroom, designer Lisa McFadden used two lively fabric patterns from to infuse color into an otherwise all-white palette.

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casual and classic kitchen
Eclectic Chairs

In a Los Angeles kitchen that dates back to the 1920s, designer Peter Dunham painted American spindle chairs a vivid post-box red — 's Moroccan Red — and used French industrial metal pendants from Bourgeois Bohème to light the table and island. "The kitchen is very traditional," he says. "I needed the color and patina to perk it up."

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Accent Shelving

Traditional Falun red paint on the backdrop of built-in shelves adds warmth and vibrancy to this Swedish home's living room. Designer Marshall Watson scatters red accents throughout the rest of the room to balance it out.

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red stripe bathroom
Dramatic Stripes

Since this Beverly Hills apartment has only one bathroom, it also has to function as the powder room, so designer Joe Nye wanted it to be "slightly dramatic, and as elegant as possible." He covered the walls with Cowtan & Tout's Laurent Stripe in Red and Gold and hung a 19th-century mirror.

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rustic red kitchen
Rustic Walls

In this Long Island kitchen in a former camp cottage, designer Amanda Kyser chose 's Merlot Red. It sets off the white dishware, which was salvaged from a French seaside hotel that was being torn down.

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red statement stove
Statement Stove

Designers Carey Maloney and Hermes Mallea created a vibrant kitchen in a New York town house. The Burgundy La Cornue Chateau 150 range is the kitchen's focal point and showstopper. "Everything else recedes into the background," Maloney says. "I mean look at that stove doing its thing — you don't need any more statements."

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Patterned Linens

This red and white bedding by adds just a hint of color to this almost all-white bedroom.

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powder room with red accents
Floral Accents

Because a full second bath also serves as the powder room in this house, designer Joe Nye installed a mini "butler's tray" laden with amenities to delight guests.

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red and white Kitchen
Checkered Backsplash

Cheery red-and-white tiles from are set off by dark soapstone countertops in this Arizona kitchen by Dana Lyon. Curtains in 's Brass Lantern Ticking in Red (turned sideways to make the border).

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casual red bathroom
John Kernick
Striped Rug

In this all-white bath, a red striped rug gives the space a bold focal point and brightens everything up. Design consultant Ellen O'Neill added details and accessories throughout the Bridgehampton, New York, house — like this canvas sling chair — to keep a casual vibe.

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indian red bedroom
Lisa Romerein
Indian Textiles

The bare canopy bed in this chic Malibu home is a custom piece by designer Micheal W. Smith. White cotton bed linens are from Scandia Down and the bed's Indian textile is from the clients' collection.

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sultry red bedroom
Dramatic Panels

In the romantic master bedroom of this Maryland home, floral bed hangings and window panels are Fragrance by Sanderson. The Nettie Darr table at the foot of the bed is by designer Barry Dixon for Mike Reid Weeks.

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fanciful powder room
Deco Wallpaper

In a Santa Monica house, Michael S. Smith selected Shanghai Deco wallpaper in red from Clarence House to add a fanciful touch in the powder room.

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red toile guest bedroom
Toile Upholstery

Design consultant Ellen O'Neill showcases the softer side of red in a Bridgehampton, New York, house. "It's convenient to have four bedrooms with the same color scheme," she says. "When it comes to sheets, I just buy anything with red in it. So everything works in any room." Vintage red-checked bedding from the Paris flea market echoes the red-checked window-shade fabric from .

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glam bedroom
Glam Headboard

"I predict a revival of sensuous, velvety 1930s-style glam. Upholstered furnishings will have curvy shapes because severe, super-modern minimalism is tired. People want to feel cozy and sexy," designer Milly De Cabrol says of this bedroom.

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red canopy bed
Bold Canopy

A guest room bed, designed by Charles Ramberg, updates a Shaker classic with extra-tall Chinese-red posts.

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cozy kitchen
Accent Corner

The kitchen in this Vermont cottage is only 88 square feet, but Studio Due founders Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber have no trouble cooking dinners for 25. Heekin believes the best part of entertaining for guests is "that d moment that a great dinner or lunch can give."

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french inspired red kitchen
Nathan Schroder
French Linens

Vaughan's red tole lantern picks up the colors in the portieres, made with Bailey & Griffin's Canton Toile in Cherry Vanilla, backed with Brunschwig & Fils' Paola taffeta check in Pepper Red. The Minton-Spidell stools in this Houston kitchen are covered in Brunschwig & Fils' La Mer in Pompeian Red.

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red maple bathroom
Moody Ambiance

Sleek features are adornment enough for lacquered dyed maple paneling and cabinetwork in this bathroom, as designer David Easton proves in this tribute to luxe modernity.

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