Red, warm and energetic color, how to use it in your interior design?

the red in the living

Red is a color with multiple meanings, it is the color of indispensable elements for life such as blood, heart, and muscles. How to use it in your interior design?

Red is the color of aggression and danger, but also of passion and self-confidence. Indispensable for heating environments, especially in gray winter days.

It has been scientifically proven that those in an environment surrounded by walls painted red undergo an acceleration of vital functions: increased heart rate, acceleration of the respiratory rate, increased blood pressure.

In Living

Red helps to fight passive energies, thus infusing an extraordinary psychic and motor strength. Those who prefer this color have a strong personality, this may also be reflected in furnishings, but is usually a color not recommended for monochrome interior design. It is preferable to use red only in some parts of the house such as a wall, or insert elements like a pouf, a armchair a carpet of pillows a sofa. It is a color that easily brings excellent results in environments with neutral colors, where we can use it to give accents of color. For example, just a small red detail to turn on a room where gray shades dominate, or in an interior design based on the alternation of black and white.

In the kitchen

Red has the power to stimulate appetite, so kitchen and dining area are ideal areas to use this color. We can use it to paint one or more walls, or for furnishings or home appliances like for example the refrigerator.

In the bedroom

Precisely because of its already mentioned characteristics of vitality and accelerator of vital functions, red is more suitable in the living area. It is the color of love and passion, but it does not favor rest, so it is better to avoid it in the rooms from bed and in the relaxation areas especially to paint the walls, but we can also use it here for furniture and accessories like a bedside table, Cushions, glass vases, lamps.

Wanting to stay in the red field to paint the walls of bedrooms or relaxation areas we can use lighter declinations such as pink or peach, also suitable for bedrooms especially for girls.

In office

Red is an indication of self-esteem, so it can be used in offices, it is ideal for example in reception areas, where it is important to communicate the character of the company, for example on some walls or on the reception desk, or even here we can insert furniture like a sofa or chairs. Another effect that can be interesting from the standpoint of furnishing office spaces is that red stimulates creativity, so it is very suitable for creative spaces, especially in declinations that tend towards orange.


Matching red with other colors is not always easy, but there are some colors, especially the neutrals with which you can create very interesting combinations, for example, the white attenuates the aggessiveness, while the black gives life to environments from ' dramatic and dramatic atmosphere. Other happy combinations can be with gray or brown to create warm and welcoming atmospheres.

summary sheet


  • It is a warm and lively color.
  • a strong personality index.
  • It is the most powerful color, best to use it for more than over the walls accessories.


  • It increases blood pressure and breathing rate.
  • It is able to accelerate human metabolism.
  • It stimulates appetite.
  • It stimulates creativity.


  • Great color to use when we want to represent power.
  • Bright red: feeling of great energy.
  • Dark red: feeling of power and elegance.


  • Bedroom for passion, but only in some details because it does not favor rest.
  • Kitchen or dining area.
  • In environments exposed to the north, especially in winter.
  • As accent color in environments with neutral dominant shades.
  • In the creative spaces or reception areas of the offices


  • A red monochrome interior design.
  • In the bedrooms because it is not conducive to rest.


White, black, gold, blue, green, purple.

in the images that follow other examples of how to use red in furnishing that can be useful for your home.

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