Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How To Use Red When Decorating Your Home

Since Valentines Day is just a heartbeat away, I thought ‘How to use the color red in home decorating‘ would be a great topic to cover!

I often use red in home decorating projects because it draws the eye to areas I want to accentuate; It’s my ‘go to color’ because it works well with almost any other color!  It’s ‘forever in style’ and can be used all year round. It also helps neutralize cool colors like blues and greens.  It accentuates areas in a room that might otherwise be lost because it ‘pulls your eye to it’; the color becomes an anchor.  There are a lot of red shades to choose from too!   
BUT beware that you can go overboard with RED.   

WATCH THIS VIDEO from TV and see the photos and more below:

Here are some good ways to add RED:

Furniture Palette Uses A Bold Stroke Of Red

What brings this room to life? Yep, the red sofa!  This one piece pulls your eye into what is a very neutral and soft space.  Don't be afraid to bring in red through your furniture.  

Large Space Anchor

Many new construction homes have open floor plans and double story heights.  I get asked a lot of questions about how to handle decorating the spaces.  This home is the perfect example of how red can make the open spaces inviting.  Your eye focuses on it first to the bookcase back, then up at the chandelier, then below at the pillows and floral arrangement.  It pulls you in so the space feels more inviting and cozy although the walls are like twenty feet high! And the one color red unites the rooms.

Bath Accents and Towels 

Warms Up An Entry Way

In this long entryway, this red rug sets off this space, warms it up, and creates a beautiful and cheery 'hello' to all!  No need to pour in any more red! One big bold piece is enough!

Lighting Anchor

In an all white kitchen, the red pendants hanging above the long island pulls you to it.  It brings excellent lighting and a bit of 'red delicious' fun!  Its not expected and becomes the focal point.

Window Treatments Bring The RED Wow

A red rug below and red valances above actually add warmth to the table finish so it appears deeper and richer. 

Accent Furniture Power

A quick and easy way to add red is through stools.  You can find thousands of options for red furniture. online.  The color is classic and very popular.  You just need to figure out the style you want.

Use Alot of Red But Not On The Walls  

The pantone color of the year for 2015 is a redish brown hue called Marsala.  This gorgeous dining room could very well be using a similar hue!  The designer left the walls bright white, and let the red furnishing create all the drama.  If you want to replicate this color, try Benjamin Moore's 2084 20 paint.

Sofa Pillows In Red Look Great in Bulk

Don't Just add one pillow; go for multiple ones like the photo above.  Choose different prints and sizes!

Bed Pillows Create The 'IT' Factor

No need for custom bedding to get a bedroom noticed.  Red euro pillows placed on simple white or gray bedding add instant beauty.  This is red used in a glamorous setting.

Want To Paint A Little?  Accent Wall Is All You Need.

This is another bedroom that appears more casual.  The red is used on the wall, along with vintage distressed furniture.  Although the headboard has a unique whimsical shape, the pin striped red fabric keeps it soft and cozy, tying in the color sparingly.

Works Very Well With Dark Paint Colors

Red can pop any dark room really well!  And red plays well with all styles!  From hollywood glam to rustic!  For a chicer appearance use velvets, silks and tufted pieces like the ones in this photos.  Lacquered tables in red also look high end.  

My Sunday DIY project bringing in red to my guest bdrm

 CLICK HERE to see how I add RED to this small little guest bedroom last Sunday.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

More Ideas For Adding Red Tomorrow on TV


I just blogged about a few simple DIY projects to add red to a room, but if you want more ideas on how to add red into a room, watch WFMZ TV 69 News At Sunrise tomorrow at 8:50 am!  If you miss it, come right back here after for all the 'dirt' on the topic along with photos of rooms by other designers that share that love of red!  The post should be up by 9 am tomorrow.

The colors are right on trend with the Pantone color pick for 2015 -Marsala.

Not only are we seeing this color down the runway and on the red carpet, but in our home furnishings also!  
Come back here tomorrow for the scoop!

Have a 'red hot' day!Shosh

I DIY'd Teeny Touches To This Guest Bedroom

Below are the 2 EASIEST DIY projects to do on the fly!  So if you have company coming over later tonight, you still have time to change up your guest bedroom AND then whip up a sangria and fajitas!

Background story: I recently painted my guest bedroom, then brought in furniture and decor I liked.  I loved all the pieces I added but I was not happy with the end result!

I asked my hubby, my friends, and my sister, what was missing???  I stood in the room pulling my eye brows out until it hit me.....I needed RED to tie it all together!  I looked at my wallet and did not have much cash so I did what you see below.  What a difference!!

Here is how I added the red:


Check out this BEFORE and AFTER of the drape!

1. Ribbon 
2. Tacky Glue
3. Scissors

How much ribbon do I need?  
First measure your curtain length.  You will need 4xs that for a pair of drapes.  For example, my drapes are 7' long so for the pair of drapes, I needed 28' of ribbon.  

What kind of ribbon should I look for?
Buy ribbon that has a little give and won't wrinkle on you.  I used a satin red ribbon.
The plan is to run the ribbon down the BACK SIDE of your drape.  This is important because you want to hide the glue and make the ribbon look more natural peeking out from behind.  

Place the drape UPSIDE DOWN on a hard surface. Starting from one end of the drape, run a line of glue down the side (I ran 2 lines of glue side by side as shown because my ribbon was wide).  USE THE HEMLINE as a guide for the glue line!
Starting from one end of the drape now that is has glue on it, slowely roll your ribbon down it keeping it straight along the hemline of the drape.  

(Note: if you have back tabs on your drapes, simply cut part of ithe stitching off to let the ribbon lay behind it, then use the glue to glue it back on!)
Using your fingertips, press down on the attached ribbon to help it adhere to the drape more permanently.  If possible, place something heavy on the entire thing ribbon like books!  It doesn't take long for it to dry!
Improvise: I let my drapes dry on a bed and placed artwork and art supplies on top to press down the glue.  

This is a close up of the finished look!

Drapes Closed

I am in love with the ribbon!

Drapes Opened


What you need:
1. Lamp shade
2. Tacky glue
3. Scissors
4. Ribbon

What kind of ribbon should I look for?
Go for something thick so you don't see glue bleeding through it.  I suggest a burlap, woven, or layered ribbon.  Also use one that is wide.  The ribbon I used is soft, woven and thick.  

The plan is to glue the ribbon to the lamp.  THAT'S IT!

Find the seam of the lamp shade.  Starting at the seam, glue down the ribbon and work your way around.  When you reach the seam, cut the fabric and finish!

Note: the ribbon I used has finished edges so I cut one side then overlapped it with the finished edge when I worked my way around.  If you don't have a finished edge, tuck the unfinished edge inward and fold over, then press down.
The seam side will look like this when you finish.

Here is what the other sie looks like!

*I also quickly changed out the knob to something sassy!

ONE MORE RED DIY using my leftover fabric

Using my leftover fabric and tacky glue, I added a ribbon to a pillow.....I am so happy with this!  Super cute and cheap!

One more idea:

Drape Dilemna: I want to share one more idea.  This guest bedroom has a double window that really requires four drapes to fully cover the window and still have beautiful folds.  To create the fullness I hand sewed two store bought panels together to make it look like one really long panel.  So in this guest bedroom I have 4 curtains.  It functions so much better and you can't see the seam through the folds!  

 More Room Photos