Red is a bold, stimulating, life-affirming color that can energize any decor scheme, from the most traditional to the contemporary and cutting edge. Whether you want to add spice to your kitchen, warmth to your living room, or romance to your bedroom, red is strong enough to work on its own but plays well with various shades. Here are the colors that go with red to create a vivid and memorable color scheme in any room in the house.
Classic Red Color Combinations
Classic red colors vary slightly by the amount of red, brown, white, or yellow mixed in to form the shade. Some color combinations work better than others.
- Primary red: True primary red is magenta. Primary colors cannot be made from other colors. Primary colors are the source of all other colors. Primary red goes with yellow, orange, blue, white, and black.
- Cherry red: Describes the deep red color of cherries; it can also be called blood red or tomato red. Cherry red combines well with azure blue, gray, pale orange, tan, and pale yellow.
- Burgundy red: Burgundy is a deep reddish-brown shade called wine red. Colors that go well with burgundy red include white, black, gray, purple, navy, turquoise, forest green, pink, gold, beige, and yellow.
- Brick red: A moderate reddish-brown with some shades of yellow, sometimes called clay or terracotta red. Colors that work with brick red include cream, sage green, black, white, brown or beige, blue-gray, and other shades of red.
- Raspberry red: This pinkish-red tone resembles the berry color; raspberry red goes well with black, navy, shades of blue, gray, white, cream, metallics, and wood tones.
Whether you are ready to paint the house red or want to enliven your space with a few choice decor elements, some inspiring color combinations featuring shades of red will get your blood racing.
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Cherry Red + Pale Gray
A hot cherry red sofa adds a twist to this traditional style living room from Erin Williamson Design. Cool gray wall paint adds contrast, a glass-topped chrome coffee table adds lightness, and gold accents add bling.
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Watermelon Red + Black
A bold color scheme can give a small space personality and flair. This top floor townhouse bedroom on the Spanish island of Mallorca from Fantastic Frank has a slanted ceiling and a skylight window that floods the space with natural light, illuminating the watermelon red wall paint. Black and white furniture and decor adds a graphic contrast.
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Fire Truck Red + White + Silver
Using assertive red accents is a simple way to warm up a cool-toned room. Fire truck red bar stools and a sculptural floor lamp do the trick in this bracing all-white and silver-toned Florida kitchen from interior designer Maite Granda, creating a crisp, contemporary backdrop for the stunning ocean views.
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Red + Navy + Blue-Gray
In this British home office from Studio Peake, strong red and navy blue accents are paired with pale luminous blue gray wall paint to create a stimulating environment for getting the job done.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Red + Pink + Gray
Adding some red to a classic pink and gray color pairing gives it an extra dimension. In this bathroom from Cathie Hong Interiors, a two-tone wall sconce in warm retro shades of red and pink add contrast with the textured wall tiles in a cool shade of gray.
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Vintage Red + Mustard
This kitchen from deVOL Kitchens demonstrates how well classic shades of red and mustard yellow can work in a traditional English kitchen with classic cabinetry, elegant moldings, and open shelving styled with art and collected objects. Shiny brass pulls on the red cabinetry helps tie the two colors together.
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Blood Red + Neon Yellow
Combining blood red and neon yellow in an otherwise all-white contemporary space gives this NYC townhouse kitchen from interior designer Ghislaine Viñas a vivid, pop art feel. Using small doses of saturated color is an easy way to experiment and change your decor on a whim without breaking the bank.
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Red + Gray
This Swedish country house dining room from Fantastic Frank is homey, classic, and timeless, with red patterned textiles, warm gray paint on the turned wood table legs, and wrap-around windows lined with plants that flood the room with natural light. You can also use red accents in an industrial style interior for a more contemporary feel.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Red + Green
Mixing red and green doesn't have to scream Christmas. This bedroom from Erin Williamson Design uses a subtle take on this classic pairing, with cool pistachio green wall paint, and warm red accents on the floral curtains.
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Red + Brown + Black
Before settling on a color scheme, consider existing architectural elements and decor. This living room from Leanne Ford Interiors features dark tones of red and black from the Chesterfield sofa to the armchairs, giving it a relaxed, chic feel that stands up to the bold patterned tile fireplace and dramatic brown wood ceiling beams and flooring.
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Brick Red + Blush + Green
This neutral-toned eat-in kitchen banquette from Cathie Hong Interiors gets a lift from a mix of throw pillows in soft shades of brick red, blush, and olive green that complements the white and taupe walls and wood accents.
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Burgundy + Navy
This Texas ranch house living room from Erin Williamson Design uses rich burgundy and navy accents to add contrast to the white walls. A painting above the white sofa and a rug below in shades of blue and red tie the color story together with a bow.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Red + Black + Navy + Gold
Red is a powerful color that strikes the eye and focuses the mind when used in a bright, saturated hue. This 1920s Tudor living room from Brexton Cole Interiors mixes classic black and white features and furnishings with touches of navy and gold and layered accessories. But a little red occasional table is the first thing you see, making the case than any room can benefit from a vibrant pop of red.
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Red + Pink + Cocoa Brown
A deep red Persian rug, a raspberry pink throw pillow, and some pink and red tulips are paired with a cocoa brown sofa to give this living room from Erin Williamson Design a retro feel.
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Red + Shades of Blue
This spacious British living room from Studio Peake has a neutral background that makes dominant shades of blue and red take center stage, and a mix of shades and patterns to keep it interesting.
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Red + Plum
In this Texas lake house guest room from Erin Williamson Design, a Persian rug in shades of red and plum purple sets the tone. The plum shade is echoed in a throw and patterned pillows on the daybed, while plenty of white on walls and furniture keeps the room feeling light and modern.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Lipsstick Red + Blinding White
This minimalist living room from Leanne Ford Interiors has a strict white and red palette that keeps the focus on sculptural shapes and clean lines of the contemporary space.
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Red + Black + White
In this en suite bathroom from Brexton Cole Interiors, a large abstract painting in shades of vibrant red is a fitting partner for a black-and-white bathroom lined with groovy graphic wallpaper.
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Red + Blue + Green
This formal dining room from Nile Johnson Interiors combines understated shades of red, blue, and green in a mix of solids and patterns that complements the vintage furniture pieces and eye-catching chandelier to create an eclectic, timeless space that is a twist on the simply traditional.
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Burgundy + Brown + Blue
Shades of burgundy, blue, and rich wood tones complement the high ceilings and classic bones of this English room conversation corner from Studio Peake.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Red + Green
This boys room from Brexton Cole Interiors pairs green walls with red accents to add energy and brightness. A brass-toned canopy bed adds a soft metallic touch that complements the black-and-white foundation of the room.
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Red + Beige + Robin's Egg Blue
This airy Swedish country living room from Fantastic Frank has light beige and robin's egg blue walls that contrast with a patterned red vintage rug, a red love seat, and a long neutral-toned couch lined with colorful throw pillows in dominant shades of red.
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Red + Green + Cognac
In this London house living room from Emilie Fournet Interiors, green paint and red patterned textile accents create an unpretentiously cozy spot for nights in that feels like it's been this way forever, and will never go out of style.
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Red + White + Blue
Crimson red accents on the lamp base, armchair legs, and accent pillow edging are the fine details that gives this blue-and-white kids bedroom from Studio Peake added dimension.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Red + All the Colors of the Rainbow
This spirited New York City living room from interior designer Ghislaine Viñas features a large siren red sofa and wall storage unit that complements an area rug that anchors the seating area, featuring all the colors of the rainbow.