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What paint colour goes with red

Updated July 19, 2017

Pure primary red successfully pairs with a variety of colours. When tints (levels of white), shades (levels of black) and tones (levels of grey) are added to basic red, the hue changes and opens up new colour combinations.

Cool and bright

Dazzle the eye by pairing blue-reds with bright, shocking pinks and oranges. Consider dark or dove grey along with black for a sophisticated modern look. Turquoise with crisp red has a posh, retro vibe.

Warm and autumnal

Tomato red, blood orange red and cadmium red suit a warm palette of colours. Tobacco browns, golden yellows and dusty pinks will keep the heat of the red tasteful and pleasing. Other possibilities include olive green and warm grey.

Muted medium

If you have a singular piece or a small amount of clear, raspberry red, choosing periwinkle, violet or aqua will add instant energy. Sage is a way to bring green into the scheme without invoking Christmas.

Nearly nautical

The British colour combination of red, white and blue is a decorating classic. Fresh white makes red pop. Try a navy and white stripe.

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Lori Blair started writing for community newspapers in 2007. Her work has been published in "Arthur Enterprise News" and "Mount Forest Confederate." She holds an early childhood education diploma and is pursuing creative writing and writing-to-publish certificates from Conestoga College. She is director for a local horticultural society, member of a local Historical Society and the leader of a local photography society.