A Library Bathed in Red
Inspired by the library Albert Hadley designed for society doyenne Brooke Astor, Miles Redd created a space where red takes center stage—not just on the walls but on the furnishings as well. The intensity of the color is tempered by the wall-to-wall books, a calming, neutral floor covering, and the off-white ceiling.
Paint Color: Rectory Red by Farrow & Ball
A Ruby-Red Sitting Area
Designed by the masterful Tom Scheerer, this room is bathed in the iconic Benjamin Moore Red. While the wall color gives it an unmistakable jolt of energy, it’s the pairing of soft neutral furnishings that shows how versatile red can be. Steal a page from Scheerer’s playbook and go for a high-gloss finish.
Paint Color: Red by Benjamin Moore with Amber Glaze Satin Varnish
A Bright, Poppy Moment
While red can be cozy, it’s also a color to consider if your rooms get a ton of natural light, such as this spot in designer Cath Kidson’s home. By keeping the baseboards, molding, and ceiling white, the red walls serve as an energetic backdrop for a mix of artwork. Try catching even more sunlight with a large statement mirror.
Paint Color: Bull’s Eye Red by Benjamin Moore
A Lively Cardinal Nook
Nervous to add a bright color into your life? A nook is the perfect location to experiment with a bit of color. This space’s vivid walls stand out against the stark white trim, evoking a happy design perfect for a small pass-through area. Adding bits of red in adjoining rooms, like the lovely red Moroccan headboard here, will create a more cohesive overall look.
Paint Color: Cinco de Mayo by Benjamin Moore with Eggshell Finish
A Red-Hot Bath
Gray and chrome may not be the most obvious tones to pair with red, but as this bathroom proves, materials with cool undertones can totally work with the warmth of red. A word of caution: This bold choice is probably best reserved for powder rooms, since such a strong color might not be the most conducive to your daily makeup routine.
Paint Color: Geranium by Benjamin Moore
A Cherry-Red Drinks Room
This boldy executed “drinks room” is full of character with its more-is-more approach to color and pattern (note the wall upholstered in a Brunschwig & Fils stripe). A cocoonlike effect is created by extending the color all the way up to the ceiling and covering the floor with a leopard-print rug.
Paint Color: Million Dollar Red by Benjamin Moore
Red is the great clarifier—bright, cleansing, and revealing. It makes all other colors beautiful. I can’t imagine becoming bored with red—it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.