Red Patterns on The Walls

Complex and exciting, red patterns and textures take centre stage in the bedroom.

The “pure” red of which certain abstractionists speak does not exist. Any red rooted in blood, glass, wine, hunters’ caps and a thousand other concrete phenomena. Otherwise we would have no feeling toward red and its relations.

By Robert Motherwell.

A French inspired bedroom. This guest room, designed by Tom Scheerer, takes its French Provincial flavor from Quadrille’s Lafayette toile de Jouy on the walls. Featured in the April 2009 issue of House Beautiful.

french style bedroom

Photo credit: Francesco Lagnese

Designer Healing Barsanti used an antique barley-twist bed in this guest room. The wallpaper is GP&J Baker’s Poppies. Featured in the October 2006 issue of House Beautiful.

rustic red bedroom

Photo credit: John Gould Bessler

It’s pattern-on-pattern-on-pattern in red in this master bedroom designed by Mary McDonald: Schumacher stripes and graphics, vintage florals, and a Bergamo rug from Asmara. Featured in the December 2009 issue of House Beautiful.

red bedroom

Photo credit: Tim Street-Porter

The Germantown, New York, bedroom of interior designer Gaser Tabakoglu, a protégé of Renzo Mongiardino, features awning stripes and a dramatic tomato-red four-poster. Photographer: John M. Hall and Designer: Gaser Tabakoglu from
red striped bedroom

A bed canopy sets the scene for restful sleep; choose from crisp stripes, smart tailored linen or romantic sheers. Here, traditional French country style has been created by draping striped ticking from Mulberry Home across two poles hung from ceiling hooks with ribbon. A red floral bedspread from The Blue House adds dramatic contrast, while antique slatted doors on a built-in cupboard and a French-style mirrored dressing table complete the look.

This is indeed an opulent bedroom. The idea of layering curtains, creating fabric wall panels and fitting gold gilt pelmets above the window and bed was inspired by classical Roman decoration. Dunelm Mill fabric has been made into an eye-catching bedspread and cushions, and the luscious red carpet is equally decadent.

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