What paint colors go with red?

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What paint colors go with red?
Red walls can be set off by beige, dark brown and white accents. (house detail with red closed window on a red wal image by ann triling from Fotolia.com)

The colour red actually encompasses a huge range of hues, from deep blood shades to pale clarets. Given this large spectrum of shades, you should be able to find paint colours to match red in every tint of the rainbow. To determine the best accent colours for your red paint or furniture, look at it in different lighting, from morning to evening. The accent paint you choose should complement your red at all times.

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Whites

Nothing sets off red walls like pure white paint. Use it on its own with crimson walls for a clean, modern effect, or combine it with another accent shade, such as moss green or biscuit yellow. Pure white accents also look handsome with orange-red walls, pink trim and gold or brass elements. You can enliven white rooms with shiny red trim, windows and doors.

Beige tones work well with Chinese reds. Creams create more old-fashioned effects. Mix tomato red walls with cream and dark green trim to produce a country chic effect. This combination works especially well for kitchens. Accent with wood furniture and fresh flower arrangements.

What paint colors go with red?
Red, white and silver kitchens look futuristic. (red kitchen image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com)

Grays

Grays harmonise with almost every shade of red. Slate greys make darker reds sing. Rooms with lots of stone features, antiques or varnished dark wood can be complemented by scarlet reds and blue-grey trim. Silvers and other metals go well with pale reds and charcoal grey trim. Mix orange-red walls with dove grey trim, and accessorise with touches of coral and gold.

What paint colors go with red?
Red, white and grey is a classic exterior paint combination. (Red Doors to the Restrooms image by steverts from Fotolia.com)

Yellows

Bright cranberry reds go with pale milky yellow and pure white trim. Pair wheat yellow, raffia and oak shades with bluish reds. Fire reds can look appealing when matched with pale yellow-browns, dark browns and pale pinks. Gold tones give lift to deep brownish-reds.

What paint colors go with red?
The buttery ochre of this kitchen's trim makes its red chairs appear more vivid. (dining room image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com)

Black

A classic Chinoiserie-inspired pairing, black and red were made for each other. Red walls mated with black and white trim look crisp and retro. This combination has traditionally been favoured for crafting cheery 1950s-style kitchens.

To create an atmosphere of old-fashioned glamour, pair black trim with dark red walls, gold detailing, and peach accents. Cherry, pale red or coral tones look pretty and clean in juxtaposition with black and white moulding or windows. Deep reds look striking when paired with hot pink, chocolate and ebony accent colours.

What paint colors go with red?
Black walls complement a dusty reddish-pink chair and grey accents. (living room - home interiors image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com)

Greens

A lettuce green picks up wine-coloured walls, while yellow-greens give zip to brownish-red shades. Pale green and deep red walls have a rustic elegance, while sunny khakis add heft to pale red interiors. Enliven terra cotta hues with grey-green trim, or give crimson rooms a wholesome feel with emerald green and white trim. Soft limes pair well with brick tones, while moss green and pure white trim look kicky when balanced by fiery orange and scarlet walls.

What paint colors go with red?
These sage green and tobacco lime tones work well with the terra cotta colour scheme. (Modern Living Room image by Ritu Jethani from Fotolia.com)

Blues

For blackened maroons and spicy blood reds, a light milky turquoise may prove the perfect foil. Set off dusty reds with sea greens, dark turquoises, pale blues or robin's egg shades. For an airy atmosphere, pair your blue and red walls with white furniture, glass accents and bamboo touches.

What paint colors go with red?
Brick red couches and pale blue walls make a winning combination. (modern living room image by Galina Barskaya from Fotolia.com)

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