Interior Decorating With a Touch of Red - Part 2

by Lynn Cressy - Date: 2007-02-20 - Word Count: 418 Share This!

As a follow-up to the first article entitled, "A Touch of Red Interior Decorating", I want to provide an update on the interior decorating idea in our great room and also give suggestions for using "a touch of red" in various decorating styles.

The window coverings are finally installed on the series of three windows in the dining area. They consist of four vertical drapery panels made out of wool tapestry-looking fabric. The background is medium tan with subtle red, green and blue flowers. The panels are outlined in a navy/small beige polka-dot fabric. A 6-inch cornice board covered with the same navy fabric completes the look. This window treatment may sound quite "busy" but is very pleasing to the eye.

To complete the "touch of red" look in the dining area and because the wool fabric is somewhat bulky, red tassel tie backs were added to the panels. In addition to the tassel tie backs, red is incorporated in the large picture on the dining room wall, in the table centerpiece and in a red chair cover. Another decorating project completed!

Why use the color, red? Red is the warmest of all colors and symbolizes vitality, energy, action and confidence. It makes a bold statement and is, incidentally, the color most chosen by extroverts.

In feng shui decorating, red is associated with power, love, inspiration and pleasure. Accent colors, such as red, which are more dramatic, are used in moderation, such as a single piece of art work or furniture. The reason is: the more intense the color, the less of it is needed for it to be effective. Thus, use lighter colors for larger areas with accents in more vibrant, dramatic colors.

How can you use red décor and red accents in your interior decorating ideas? Here are a few suggestions:

*Rustic Decorating Style - Red, green and black plaid work very well as accents.

*Modern Decorating Style - A splash of bright red works well with basic and cool colors.

*Oriental Decorating Style - Think of using those luscious silk prints.

*Shabby Chic Decorating Style - Use red as an accent to contrast with the white shabby chic.

*Art Deco Decorating Style - Red is a vibrant and energetic color for this style.

*French Country Decorating Style - Use red to build on the rooster collections of this style.

*Cottage Decorating Style - Red is a great accent in cotton fabrics for cottage decorating.

*Mediterranean Decorating Style - Make use of red accessorized with blue and gold.

Be creative and have fun decorating with "a touch of red!" Your home will be the envy of the neighborhood.

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