Red is a color that demands attention – solid or patterned, in any shade, red definitely has a tendency to stand out. If you’re looking for a way to punch up your holiday decorating, red can be used to create visual interest in a variety of ways – it can make a room richer, more playful or classier, depending on how you use it. The seven rooms below all use red rugs to create signature looks that are perfect for the holiday season.
Invite the Queen for Tea
This dramatic living room combines a rich, red sofa with a vibrant red oriental rug to create a bright pop of color in an otherwise dark interior. Dark rustic wood shelves hold books, antique mirrors and collected objects. A beautiful crystal chandelier is as ornate as the rug. The collection of artistic pillows on the baroque sofa makes this seating area the star of the room. Photo courtesy of Panda House.
Plan a Modern Parisian Retreat
This stylish and simple room by designer Michele Bonan in the Marquis Faubourg Saint-Honoré hotel, Paris pairs a bold, red striped rug with dark-wood walls for a clean, masculine aesthetic. A downy grey sofa in a tonal stripe provides a comfortable oasis near the matching red-striped drapes. Photo courtesy of Habitually Chic.
Dine with Parisian Royalty
This dramatic dining room in the Paris Pied-a-Terre of Beatriz Patino combines an ornate, floral patterned red rug with a leopard-upholstered dining set to create an over-the-top look. Fabric-covered walls highlight a painting by Charles Oudry. Photo courtesy of Connaissance des Arts.
Sleep in Mid-Cetury Modern Glamour in Manhattan
Looking for a way to turn up the charm in a fresh, contemporary room? Try mixing patterns to maximize effect – this stylish bedroom by Peter Pennoyer Architects and Bilhuber & Associates mixes not just patterns but color schemes to create a look that is fresh and modern. While they wouldn’t seem to be a match, the yellow and black print of the armchair provides an eye-catching contrast to the floral red rug. Photo courtesy of Architectural Digest.
Turn Up the Charm with Red All Over
This funky, bright living room uses color and pattern to turn up the charm. The room combines a geometric red rug in a diamond pattern with gingham drapes and overstuffed, striped armchairs. Vibrant red walls turn up the volume even further, and funky accent pieces like a leopard-print ottoman and crystal teardrop chandelier create a vibe that is over-the-top and fun rather than fussy.
Create an Orientalist Fantasy
This comfortable, contemporary living room designed by Angie Hranowsky uses a red and cream rug with an East-Turkestan pattern to anchor a comfortable wine-colored sofa and powder blue walls. The gold and blue panels add an exotic touch .The color combo works remarkably well, paired with simple vintage pieces. Photo Courtesy of Lonny Magazine.
This Moroccan-flavored room uses dramatic cutout patterns to create a statement – the funky, recessed fireplace works with the patterned mantel and Moroccan chairs to create an international vibe. The wooly orange and red rug creates a bright and colorful anchor point for the room. Photo courtesy of La Sultana, Marrakech.
If you’re looking for a way to turn an ordinary room into a statement piece, try building around a red rug. Whether you’re creating a look that is classical or country charming, red rugs can bring a punch of color and style to your design.