Red alert by Diana Civil

Nothing stirs up passion like the colour red and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner it’s the perfect excuse to bring out your love of all things red and add this exciting hue to your rooms.   Red is a daring decorating choice but the results can look stunning and create a high impact design statement that’s bold and sexy.


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Whether it’s a bright primary red, a muted brick or a rich cranberry, a red carpet is sure to make a dramatic statement in your home. Keep it striking by offsetting it against neutral walls so that the carpet stands out and creates a colour pop in the room without overpowering the space. Team with cool contemporary style furniture and accessories with sleek lines and simple shapes. If you’re not sure about going for wall to wall fitted carpet then play safe by incorporating a red rug into your scheme for an instant blast of colour and see whether red is just the thing to pep up your decorating schemes.

Go for bold with red Virgo carpet, Carpetright

Sure to take pride of place on a sideboard, Red parrot £6, Wilkinson

Fab furniture that will add wow to a scheme, Elate two drawer red sideboard £399 Dwell

Light the way with this Parachute pendant lamp £439 Bo Concept


Not sure about going all out for a red scheme, then go for a more subtle approach and use red as an accent. Offset against white or cream; red will create a cool contemporary look which is sleek and striking without overpowering the room.   Just a few objects will completely transform a neutral space, adding pops of colour – Just remember either balance the red so it flows around the room or pack a punch by grouping items together for maximum impact, for example displaying a collection of china on a sideboard or a group of pictures on a wall.

If you choose to go bold and use red as an accent in a bold coloured scheme make sure that the tone of red compliments your base colour. Red can vary in tone considerably from deep dark crimson, punchy pillar box through to pinky cranberry and rusty reds, so take time to pick the right hue that compliments your scheme. Make sure your space can handle it too – high ceilings or neutral walls will tie your bold colour and accent shades together. When choosing accents pieces; less is more –pick up the colour throughout the scheme with a few well placed accessories. The accessories will ‘pop out’ around the room to create a harmonious scheme.

Go for a stunning sleek vinyl with this True Colours Blue Vinyl, Carpetright

Keep it simple; Talia Red stool £95, Habitat

Make time for this Red Bow glass clock £39, Bo Concept

Add a conversation piece; Owl ceramic cookie jar £23.95, Dotcomgiftshop

Colour up the cookware, Red Fry pan Habitat

Washing up has never been so stylish, red rubber washing up bowl £54, Red Candy


Red might be an unusual choice for a bathroom but what better way to add some red hot glamour. Using red is an effective way of making a large room seem cosier and more intimate.  For the ultimate in luxe; choose glossy surfaces that shimmer and shine and contrast red with dramatic tones of black and grey.

Platinum Hekto Grey / Black Vinyl Flooring, Carpetright

Red towels from £3.00 for a hand towel, Bhs.

Drum stool £239 Bo Concept.

Foaming Birdie Umbra soap dispenser £14.50, Red Candy.

Renova toilet tissue £8.80 for three rolls Red Candy.

Offset this cabinet against a bright red wall – Inside Out Single Door Bathroom Cabinet £295 Authentics from Notonthehighstreet

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