20 Inspiring Red Rooms

August is super into three things right now. Legos, sea creatures like sharks and rays, and the color red. I was in the middle of fixing his room up (bedding, a new desk) when we had to stop work and let electricians take over the second floor. His bedroom has been rewired now, leaving behind a bunch of holes in the wall and ceiling along with a temp light hanging from wires, so once I fix the damage we’ll be ready to continue on.

August has liked red for a while now. When we were choosing his desk, he wanted red. When I painted a clock for Eleanor, he asked for one like it too, but all in red. I picked up a couple of red table lamps for him (the lighting situation is bad with that bare bulb in the ceiling), and he was pretty happy with the color I chose. So any guesses as to what color he wants his walls to be? Yep.

He just turned five. I let Eleanor choose her wall color when she was about the same age, and she went for a bold dark blue that she still loves. I would hope that the same will be true for the color August picks, but red? That’s not the easiest wall color for a bedroom.

Pottery Barn, Red Walls, Living Room
Source: Pottery Barn (old catalog image)

The room above has always been a favorite of mine, so I went off in search of other red room inspiration. I’m going to show these to August to make sure this is the look he wants because he’s doing the same thing that E did, down to requesting matching toys all in the same hue. I think he’s pretty sure and I’ll make it work for him if he is, but oof.

On the Walls

It works in a traditional study with large antique portraits. Somehow I don’t think a life-sized wall decal of Boba Fett would have the same effect in a kids’ room.

Red Library Study by John Charles
Source: John Charles

And red as a backdrop to symmetrical groupings of framed art? I can get behind that.

Red Rooms With Symmetrical Gallery Walls
Sources: Our Fifth House, Pottery Barn

In a Home Library

Red is amazing on built-in bookshelves, especially in lacquer. So glossy. So lovely.

Ruthie Sommers' Red Library with Built-in Lacquered Bookshelves

Red Lacquer Library by Ruthie Sommers

Glossy Red Lacquer Painted Library Bookshelves

Gil Schafer Library in Red
Sources: Ruthie Sommers, Ruthie Sommers in Town & Country, Steven Gambrel, Blaine Johnson of JP Interiors in Chicago Home & Garden, Gil Schafer in Architectural Digest

As a Pattern

Broken up as a wallpaper or fabric pattern, the color isn’t overbearing. (Of course I’m a little hesitant to wallpaper my kids’ rooms after the great wallpaper peeling incident of 2013.)

Red Wallpaper Rooms

Red Patterned Curtains and Upholstered Red Bed in a Bedroom

Scalamandre Zebras and Beastie Boys' Mike Diamond's Brooklyn Toile Wallpaper
Sources: Hygge & West, Mel Yates, Veranda, Elle Decor, Mike Diamond’s (Beastie Boys) Home


And then there’s red incorporated in the way I was hoping August would be happy with. Furniture. Bedding. Accents. Not all over the walls. (Please?)

Red Painted Colonial Cannonball Wooden Bed

Black Wooden Beds with Red Bedding

Red Painted Vintage Wooden Kids Twin Beds

Sources: Martha Stewart, Country Living, Martha Stewart, Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, Sarah Richardson in Country Living

Nursery/Bedroom Built-ins

If August was in Calvin’s room, I’d paint the built-ins red and call it a day. Kind of like nursery inspired by The Grand Budapest Hotel in the Lake Forest Showhouse that I visited last year.

Nursery by Steve and Filip Design, Inspired by The Grand Budapest Hotel, Photo by Wittefini Photography
Source: Steve and Filip Design

We’re going to look at all of these, and hopefully it will help me suss out how to finish decorating my little guy’s room. He has some strong opinions and I want him to be happy with his room. But… red! It’s a lot of look.

Grand Budapest Hotel
Source: Still from The Grand Budapest Hotel

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