Interior Design w/ Color

Color is not the enemy

I have never been afraid of color. Hmph, I am color. A rainbow is color and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful things in the universe, so don’t argue with me. Today’s color exploration is Red. Of course Red. Red is Queen. Red is lifeblood. Red means danger. Red rules. This is an #interiordesignblog so we are going to show lots of pictures, please.

I just had to include this picture because red is my power color.

So you’ve always wanted that one red wall or red washer/dryer.., how do you put red in your space for seriously?

I have a random experiment below with a red bird. My first thought was what’s something red and exotic. Most of us have seen a red bird–Get a little excited if she’s pretty.

I went through a lot of birds, but I felt she embodied what red means to me: strong, bold, and alive. So I began to pull the colors out of this image to see what was the most striking, and where was there room for subtlety.

Note the red infinitesimally turning violet. Is she red or purple? And her beauty is that she boldly presents a lot of the hue. The white is just a striking wisp to make the red and purple plumage even more red and purple!

So, Red and Purple without shyness will be my focus. Have to have the white juxtaposition, and the green is just there to calm your eyeballs down a little bit.


Now for the fun part. Sourcing (selecting) the focal points. Since this will be an eDesign, we source from retail. If you’re trying to stay on a retail budget, feel free to start with a Google Shopping search in your area. We’re building a #livingroomidea So the first thing I typically think of is seating. So if you’re risky and energetic and unabashed, go for the red sofa. If you think that is a little too much and possibly too expensive (because everybody wants red), then compromise and go for the red side chair. Here are a few fun pieces I thought harnessed her fierce intense coloring and contrast. If you’re full on with the bohemian look, we could get a purple sofa and do this for real.

And then you find a base: flooring, rug, paint. You honestly don’t want anything competing with our red hues, Our red bird is showcasing her red, thickly in one spot, so let the furniture be her and the surrounding room a backdrop of a canvas… Neutral colors, please.

I’m going to say that we steered away from the purple sofa, but we still need some drama. I found this stippled (like a featherless bird, come on!) coffee table in all silver. If you can explain why it works, then it works. That’s the rule. Didn’t you know that?

So here’s my mood board. Full with loving accessories.

I say we add the greenery with plant life, find a red wine glass or two to sit on the coffee table. get a fluffy white throw for the sofa, and we are in comfy, sexy, vibrant, cozy, heaven.

If you implement a space like this in your home, inspired by our red bird, please email QuianaRose at and show us your final images.

1 thought on “Color is not the enemy”

  1. I love your bird image for inspiration, Quiana! He is gorgeous. And that coffee table is great too 🙂


Comments are closed.