Painting your room red is a power move that can add instant style and atmosphere anywhere in the home. It's a stimulating, passionate, high-spirited hue that isn't for the faint of heart. But a red living room, dining room, library, home office, den, powder room, or bedroom in the perfect shade might just make you fall in love.
And if a whole red room feels a bit too much, a little splash of red will make a big impact—on a front door, on the inside of a closet, or as an accent wall in a neutral room that needs a little oomph.
Here are 12 of the best red paint colors for your home.
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Named after the red damask wallpaper that often adorned the walls of elegant mid 19th-century dining rooms, Eating Room Red from Farrow & Ball is a deeply pigmented burgundy that like a fine wine can read a bit on the purplish side. It has a rich, old world feel that works especially well in period homes, with moldings and woodwork painted in a fresh cream or white to create contrast.
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Persimmon Orange SPR-01 from The Spruce Best Home by KILZ is a deep rustic red-orange that straddles the line between those close cousins on the color wheel and creates a fresh, modern look that works like a charm in a bedroom or kitchen. The feel-good, red-orange hybrid will change with the light, looking more orange at high noon and skewing toward red by candlelight.
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As classic as a red manicure, Incarnadine from Farrow & Ball is a glamorous crimson that can be used in a formal living room. But it works just as well as part of a classic red, white and blue color scheme in a kid's room. Or it can be used to create a contemporary feel, paired with modern art and chrome or glass furniture and decorative objects.
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Morocco Red PPU2-17 from Behr is a soft, livable clay colored shade that evokes the earthy warm colors found in the stunning landscapes and architecture of its namesake country. In addition to working well in a living room or library, it's also a popular choice for those who love the welcoming embrace of a red front door.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Sundried Tomato by Benjamin Moore is a dark red that looks like it was baked to perfection in the sun. It pairs well with pewter and beige for a subdued look or can be accented by touches of gold for a more dramatic effect.
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Brick Facade by Valspar is a rusty brick red that would work well in a Tuscan-inspired room to set off warm woods, cognac colored leather, wrought iron and earthenware accents. Keep the ceiling a bright shade of white to keep the color from from overwhelming.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Best Berry Red: PANTONE 4975 C
A dark chocolatey red, Pantone 4975 is a sophisticated color that creates a moody vibe in a media room or library.
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Best Dusty Red: Cherokee Red by PPG
Cherokee Red PPG13-02 is dark spicy color that is easy on the eyes and would work well in a bedroom or dining room.
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