Design ideas with burgundy walls

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Design ideas with burgundy walls
Bugundy and gold wallpaper makes an elegant statement. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Any home can look more elegant with burgundy used in walls, furnishings and other decor. Many accent colours or contrasting colours look stylish with burgundy. Walls painted burgundy make a bold statement, so the walls will dictate much about furnishings, accessories and window treatments. Burgundy is a good contrast to boring neutral walls or earth tones used throughout a house. While drywall or plaster can be painted burgundy, you should install burgundy wallpaper that is heavily textured or embossed with interesting design work. Review lots of home design books and magazines to get ideas.

Use a Sharp Contrasting Color

Create the right colour contrast for burgundy walls. This may be stark white for crown moulding or baseboards in the room, for example. Burgundy walls with white window frames, white plantation blinds and white flooring can look good in any space. Use coloured pencils to draw the room, and try other interesting colour combinations. Burgundy walls with cream or light yellow trim can work well too.

Design Window Decor

Figure out the window treatments next. Plan to install parchment-coloured drapes with touches of burgundy in a bedroom. Use gold silk drapes as another option. Design the walls, trim and window treatments before planning the furniture and accessories in any room. Determine, too, if you want to paint only one or two walls burgundy and the other walls a lighter colour, such as gold, after taking a look at window treatments you prefer.

Install Upscale Furnishings

Use high-quality furniture in the room. This look can be achieved by painting a dining table dark brown or buying dark cherry bedroom furniture. Because burgundy is an elegant colour, you will want to complement it with furniture that looks high-dollar. Don't use cheap pine or laminated materials in a room with burgundy walls. You can use mahogany wood or a good mahogany stain on unfinished wood.

Plan a Good Color Scheme

Create accent colours that refine the overall look. Paint one wall of a kitchen burgundy, for example, and use a lighter lime-green paint on the other three walls. Use gold throw pillows on a cream-coloured sofa in a living room with burgundy walls. Give a bachelor's bedroom with burgundy walls a masculine touch, for instance, by using a rich brown-coloured bedspread and taupe upholstered chairs. Add red throw pillows for accent colour on the bed and chairs.

Add White in a Bathroom Space

Use white fixtures in a burgundy bathroom. Paint walls burgundy and define the space with lots of white. A white cast-iron tub, white plantation shutters on the windows and white tile floor will create a pretty bathroom. Use gold towels and gold accessories, such as sconces beside the vanity, to enhance the burgundy walls.

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