9 red hot decorative pieces to spice up a space
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Although it’s one of the most basic shades on the color wheel, rich red hues can be used in surprisingly sophisticated ways. “I think people are drawn to red because it feels regal and creates tension, which brings excitement and life to a room,” Philippe Gorrivan recount Home business. “It evokes love and passion, but can be versatile and in some applications come across as neutral. Whether used in an English mansion, a Park Avenue apartment or a Kips Bay Palm Beach bedroom, red brings vitality and timeless appeal.
Curious, we asked Gorrivan and the designers Paige Gray and Mel Bean to share three favorite purple rooms and how to incorporate them into a room.
Gorrivan is not afraid of color. Known for his nuanced approach to prints and vibrant hues, the New York-based designer relies on a mix of timeless patterns, tactile textures and eye-catching objects to forge warm yet glamorous interiors that exude elegance.
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SABU IN RED AND PINK BY ROSE CUMMING
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FIG KINGSLAND BY PHILIP GORRIVAN FOR BAKER
“I designed this red velvet in silk and mohair wool for my collection with Baker, inspired by the rich red velvets you see upholstered on furniture in European palaces.”
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VICHY DALTON IN CHERRY SILK BY SCHUMACHER
“You can’t go wrong with gingham. It is familiar but can be used in unexpected ways. It inherently has dimension, with the repetition of perpendicular lines, but layers well with other patterns.
Gray strives to create spaces that are as calming as they are beautiful. Loved for her clean, coastal-inspired style, the BC-based designer and co-founder of Parker & Harlow Interiors isn’t afraid to use an unexpected pop of color to ensure her rooms are both lively and comfortable.
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FIRE RED CATO WOMB CHAIR BY EERO SARRINEN FOR KNOLL
“As an element in a space, red really shines in mid-century pieces from iconic designers. There’s something very evocative about embracing bold colors in bold furniture.
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TEIXIDORS LIGHT GRAY AND TERRACOTTA THROW BY PROVIDE HOME
“I would throw this throw on a neutral gray sofa, or tuck it in a black or beige basket by the fireplace to bring out the subtle red details a little more against a neutral background. The tailoring is a very coastal touch, which we like to accentuate in our projects as it gives an untraditional ode to the nautical without feeling cliché.
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TRAAM HIGH AND LOW IN SMOKEY RED BY ANNA TORFS
“This would work well displayed independently as an element on a dining room sideboard or entryway table. I love the visual depth of using red in quality glassware, not to mention that when/if you tired of an object, it is easy to put it away for a while rather than having to repaint or buy new furniture.
Bean believes interiors should tell a story about the person who lives there. With her keen eye for bold hues, vivid patterns and luxurious finishes, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based designer has earned a reputation for creating energetic interiors that don’t sacrifice livability.
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LIAM RUG BY LOOM + KILN
“I prefer tomato red, ideally with some texture or interest to soften it up a bit. One of my favorite ways to do this is with a nice vintage rug. The right rug, for me, launches the vision of an entire living room! Runners in your hallway, kitchen or even bathroom can make a real difference.
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CRANE PENDANT BY THE URBAN ELECTRIC CO.
“I like to incorporate red details in surprising ways for layers and impact. This red undertone pendant light is a perfect example. It combines classic design with a fun personality! A chandelier like this translates well into any many design styles.
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RUBY DOTTED FLORAL FABRIC BY REBECCA ATWOOD
Homepage photo: A bedroom designed by Philip Gorrivan | Brian Doben