We’re Red Hot for This Fiery Hue

August 21, 2020

Cherry and tomato, garnet and rose, rust and burgundy…we could spend hours and hours naming the many luscious shades of red. While many might be wary of surrounding themselves with this powerful hue, these 5 designers show us why this color is the hottest ticket in town.

Michelle Nussbaumer of Ceylon et Cie

“From fire engines trucks and Dorothy’s ruby slippers to the pinky tones of Venetian architecture and the auburn-tinged hue in Titian’s masterpieces, red is magical and transportive and energizing. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart but I consider it a neutral.”

Erick Espinoza of Anthony Baratta, LLC.

A modern project in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, designed by Erick Espinoza and Anthony Baratta.

“I can’t get enough of red, especially paired with camel and ultramarine! It’s the best punch of color a room can have. We try to sneak it into most projects—even if it’s just the smallest hint. My favorite shade has to be that bright red of a geranium in full bloom.”

Young Huh of Young Huh Interior Design

From the floral curtains to the striped headboard and geometric rug, Young Huh used touches of red to contrast the neutral walls in this ocean-side bedroom.John Bessler

“I think it was Carolina Herrera who said everyone should have red in their home, and I certainly agree! Not only does it make a great wall color, but it’s just as striking as an accent because it’s warm, convivial, and looks great in diffused light.”

Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson & Rummerfield

The lush seating area in the main bedroom of the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills was designed by Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield with the grand dame of the estate in mind.Gray Malin

“Red is about commitment and being bold and confident, so when we design with it we go for it by layering in many shades on that side of the color spectrum from coral pinks to vivid cardinals.”

Mark D. Sikes

Mark D. Sikes designed this Italian villa-inspired dining room for the 2015 Kips Bay Showhouse.Amy Neunsinger

“Red is such a glamorous color, whether as a brilliant red lipstick or a high gloss accent on doors and trim. I especially love pairing it with a beautiful blue.”