Red & Black Living Room Ideas

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Red & Black Living Room Ideas
Black and red make strong statements. (Youthful living room interior image by Paul Hill from

Red and black are bold, striking colours, guaranteed to make a statement in your living room decor. Whether you decorate the entire space in black and red or just use a few ornaments or pieces of furniture in those colours, your living room will make an impression on your friends and bring an unusual, upbeat energy to your social occasions.

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Colour and Light

Black, red and white surfaces interact with light in different ways. Play with colour and light to produce unusual and interesting effects in your living room. Use uplighting against black walls to get a subtle, shading effect for decorative lighting. Mount paintings against matt black walls or in black frames on dark red walls and light them with recessed lighting. The lighting will illuminate the painting while barely reflecting off the wall, making the image seem to pop out. Use small red lamps as accent lighting. They will warm the colour of the room slightly and provide a decorative visual focus. Use white ceilings and floors or white patches on walls to diffuse and scatter light. White is much more reflective, and can be used to brighten black and red living rooms.


Black and red stripes are a dramatic and vivid way to divide space. Use a red stripe across the ceiling and walls to divide a multipurpose living room into two distinct spaces. For example, place a stripe between a lounge area and TV area to create a distinct, yet open border. Alternatively, paint one side of the room with black stripes and another side with red stripes to create an even more striking division.

Abstract Art

Splash your white walls with red and black paint if you want to add some drama to your living room without completely redecorating. The erratic designs and bright colours will create a striking, dramatic and one-of-a-kind look. You can also reverse the look up by splashing black or red walls with white paint blobs.For a neater look, draw white, black and red circles, triangles, squares or other geometric shapes at random intervals. Add a visual echo with round red and black area rugs scattered about the living room floor.

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