Decorating in red and brown can quickly result in a dark and dreary room. Learn how to avoid this situation by finding red and brown shades that work together to create a welcoming, warm environment. Red and brown are versatile colours that you can use to create masculine, feminine or neutral bedroom decor. Wall colour, bedding and accessories are just a few of the things you need to consider when using a colour-based design scheme.
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Look at different paint colours offered at your local home improvement store. Choose a red and brown that go well together, and then find some swatches that have other shades of red and brown that complement your choices. Not all shades of red go together; for example, some reds have blue undertones, and others have orange undertones.
Choose the colour for your walls. If you choose a light brown, your room will feel airy and open. A deep red will give the room a warm, cosy feeling. Avoid bright reds for the wall colour because the colour isn't conducive to a relaxing environment.
Look for furniture that matches your wall colour. Browns go well with oak or honey-coloured woods, while red goes well with white, black or cherry woods.
Choose bedding that complements the wall colour. If you chose a bolder colour like a dark red or deep brown for the walls, go for something more neutral in your bedspread. Brighter colours in your bedding will work better if you chose a light brown or beige for the walls.
Decide whether you want to add accent colours to the room other than red and brown. Accent colours like white or pink work well if you are already using darker browns and red. Bold accents of black or navy may work well if you've gone with mostly lighter tones up to this point.
Find a few statement pieces to add to the room that complement you colour scheme. A bold lampshade or luxurious curtains can make a huge difference in bringing out the colours in your design scheme. Statement pieces should stand out, so don't choose a colour that is too similar to the wall colour. For example, put bright white curtains against a deep red wall.
Add in the remaining room elements that should blend in with your colour scheme. This will include picture frames, jewellery box, hamper and other necessities that will blend in rather than stand out. These items can blend into the background; you don't want too many statement pieces in one room.
Tips and warnings
- Use the colours to your advantage when making the room feel masculine or feminine. Brown wall colours tend to be masculine, while reds give a romantic, feminine feel.
- Bring paint swatches along as you shop to compare against different accessories you are considering for the room.
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