Valentines Day is around the corner, so naturally, red is on our minds here at The Inside. Red, the color of passion and power, has a longstanding cultural history stretching from the color of nobility to the color of revolution. The ancient Egyptians painted their faces with red pigment for ceremonial purposes, Renaissance nobility dressed in red costumes dyed with cochineal--an insect harvested for its brilliant red color--early Chinese potters painted their wares red, and in 1917 the Bolsheviks waved their red flag in revolt.
So what does this have to do with decorating? Well, to use red in your home is typically a bold move, considering the cultural implications stated above. However, it doesn't have to be. Red comes in many shades from primary and bright to earthy and muted. Read on to see how you could incorporate red into your own interior.
1) Primary red looks beautiful against a navy wall as demonstrated by decorator Nick Olsen
Get a similar look with our Bordeaux Linen Art Deco Headboard:
2) Deep reds look even juicier against pink as seen here by the color master Miles Redd
Get a similar look with our Bourdeaux Linen Tuxedo Chair:
3) Red can feel earthy and antique like in this French interior by former artistic director of Oscar de la Renta Peter Copping and his husband, floral designer Rambert Rigaud. The wall color is by our favorite paint company Farrow & Ball
Get a similar look with our Vintage Rose Velvet Hexogonal Ottoman:
4) Against a white backdrop, red can really punctuate a space, as seen in Parisian designer Marion Collard
's apartment with her fabulous Pierre Paulin chair.
Get a similar look with our Port Cabana Stripe Cocktail Chair:
5) And then there's just going for it: committing totally to red in every which way. Designer David Hicks was known for using bold colors and patterns with conviction, one of the many reasons why he's an icon.
Get a similar look with our Bordeaux Climbing Floral Cocktail Ottoman:
Are you ready to start decorating with red? Check out more of our red selections here
and our Pinterest board
for ideas. Happy Valentine's Day!
Photos from @housebeautiful, @mydomaine, @architecturaldigest, @ad_spain, and @ashleyhicks1970 respectively.