Get Your Color On! Red

Here in the Great Lakes, September brings a sense of limbo with the weather and nature. There's still a decent amount of daylight to enjoy, fruits and veggies are still in season, and sunny, warm "Indian Summer" days are common... all while nights turn cool, leaves start changing colors, and animals start preparing for the cold months ahead.

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Fall signifies our last chance to enjoy nature's warmth before it starts fading into the neutrals of winter... so I chose the mighty color red for this month's Get Your Color On!.

Get Your Color On! Red decorating tips tutorials color decor furniture lighting accessories paint red garnet scarlet ruby The Decor GuruContinue reading to learn my tips for decorating with varying levels of red, more of my decor picks in this classic color, and how other bloggers have incorporated red into their homes.

Red is one of those colors that is guaranteed a response, no matter what variation or shade. It’s a color you can’t help but notice: red tells us to stop, it tells us when we’ve broken skin, and it radiates heat. Red ignites passion. Red is love. Red is power.

Because red possesses such strength, you may be hesitant in decorating with it. Check out these options for using it in smaller doses with accessories:

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Where to buy: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Adding a bouquet of red flowers is a natural way to add elegance and a pop of color to a room. Check out this unique floral arrangement made with leather belts and carnations:

This hallway was accented by red wall frames hung in various sizes. It’s a great way to introduce a decent amount of red into your space without it feeling overwhelming.

Another way you can add red to your walls without paint is through some DIY wall art. Check out the wall mirrors that Katie from Little Things Bring Smiles crafted. Her mirrors really add some pizzazz to her dining area. Can you guess what they’re made of?

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Speaking of spiffy repurposing projects, Jill from Create.Craft.Love shows you how she made this punchy red side table with a plant stand and pizza tin. I love how budget-friendly her table was and the happy energy it gives her space!

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If you dig red and want to go further than accessories, consider these large-scale items:

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Where to buy: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10


Amy from The Blissful Bee made over this lovely wicker chair with a red that ties in perfectly with the other touches of red in the space. What a great vintage find!

Decorating with red in a kitchen is very fitting: think of all the awesome foods that feature red. This kitchen features a red subway tile backsplash that adds rich detail to the room.

Progressing further down the spectrum of decorating with red, you can opt to paint a portion of a wall or an entire accent. This bedroom features a wall cutout that helps balance the low headboard and establish the focal point in the room.

If you’re absolutely passionate about red, consider doing it large in a small space. Sarah from The Yellow Cape Cod made over her bathroom with a red that makes this room feel so warm. She wisely kept the accessories and decor simple, which allow this striking hue to take the stage.

Melissa from Number 2 Pencil recently made over her son’s bedroom with this fabulous combo of red, navy, and yellow.  This primary color scheme is a sure-fire way to make a room look sharp and is perfect for a boy’s room.

While red and gray are not my favorite colors in the world of sports (GO BLUE!), I have to admit, they do look stunning together. The neutrality of this gray dining room pairs wonderfully with the saturation of the red chairs and dinnerware. This color palette is perfect for those who are gun-shy on using a lot of red in their home.

Decorating with red and purple may seem like an odd match, but because they’re neighbors on the color wheel (analogous colors), they complement each other very well.

Are shades of red a part of autumn/fall for your area also? How does red make you feel? Do you currently have a space that you’ve decorated with red?

For those awesome bloggers whose projects I featured, feel free to grab my Get Your Color On! button in the sidebar. Thanks for sharing your creativity with the world!
Thanks for visiting! Let’s stay connected!

Linked to:

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A Bowl Full of Lemons: One Project At A Time

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Creations By Kara: Look What I Made Wednesday

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Not Just a Housewife: Show Me What Ya Got

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8 Comments on Get Your Color On! Red

  1. Thanks so much for featuring my wicker chair makeover!! Love all the red inspiration! I just posted an update of the chair in our new house if you’d like to see it’s new “home” :):)

    xo, amy

  2. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life // 09/25/2013 at 10:32 AM // Reply

    Love all the inspiration. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  3. I miss the fall season, and those themes are just so wonderful! Feelin’ Christmas too:)

    Hopping by and following your fb and pinterest:) You may also visit Blog Hops Connect ( to hop for more:)

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