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Are you designing a red living room and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Contemporary Maximilist (copy) designed by Olivia Vidato
Contemporary Maximilist (copy)Designed by Olivia Vidato
Living Room Mood Board designed by Tammy Payne
Living Room Mood BoardDesigned by Tammy Payne
Alice in Wonderland Living Room designed by Hilah Stahl
Alice in Wonderland Living RoomDesigned by Hilah Stahl
Pretty in Pink Living Room ✨ Alt Lighting designed by Daniela Araya
Pretty in Pink Living Room ✨ Alt LightingDesigned by Daniela Araya
new design designed by Elizabeth Bates
new designDesigned by Elizabeth Bates
San Junipero Textile Studio Design Challenge designed by Kaci Chesser McCombs
San Junipero Textile Studio Design ChallengeDesigned by Kaci Chesser McCombs
Fancy Girl Fall designed by Cimon Greenfield
Fancy Girl FallDesigned by Cimon Greenfield
Sagedust Living Room: Option #1 designed by Kristi Kautz
Sagedust Living Room: Option #1Designed by Kristi Kautz
Primary Colors.  designed by Chelsea Wilkinson
Primary Colors. Designed by Chelsea Wilkinson
Willy Wonka designed by Samantha Rice
Willy WonkaDesigned by Samantha Rice
Revival Challenge designed by Rachel Vincent
Revival ChallengeDesigned by Rachel Vincent
FRONT ROOM designed by Madelynn Furlong
FRONT ROOMDesigned by Madelynn Furlong
Seeing Double designed by Kerry Drapcho
Seeing DoubleDesigned by Kerry Drapcho
Living/Dining Room designed by Camille Simmons
Living/Dining RoomDesigned by Camille Simmons
It's Giving Polka Dots designed by Chloe Valdez
It's Giving Polka DotsDesigned by Chloe Valdez
Living Room designed by Paulena Senouthai
Living RoomDesigned by Paulena Senouthai
Living Room 2 designed by Virginia Bennice
Living Room 2Designed by Virginia Bennice
Homebody cozy mood board designed by Bridget Nelson
Homebody cozy mood boardDesigned by Bridget Nelson
Revival Design Challenge: Mondrian Dreams designed by Erin Murrock
Revival Design Challenge: Mondrian DreamsDesigned by Erin Murrock
Living Room designed by Talea Cyrille
Living RoomDesigned by Talea Cyrille
Primary Colors.  designed by Shellie Kemp
Primary Colors. Designed by Shellie Kemp
Life in Plastic designed by Kerry Drapcho
Life in PlasticDesigned by Kerry Drapcho
Pegasus Room designed by Xakota Espinoza
Pegasus RoomDesigned by Xakota Espinoza
Office designed by Veronica Hamilton
OfficeDesigned by Veronica Hamilton

Design tips for decorating a red style living room

Here’s how to achieve the red aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a red living room?

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. But if you ask us, the living room gives it a run for its money since it’s likely the most used room in your house. From entertaining guests to lounging around reading a book to watching way too much TV (no judgment here), your main living space has to be both comfortable and functional. Open-concept living spaces may also include an eating area or a full dining room for easy living.

Whether you're in the process of a living room remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the living room and complements the style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Sofa, Couch, or Sectional: A staple of any living room, the sofa or couch provides a comfortable seating option for relaxation and socializing. The sofa should be the functional focal point of the room. When creating the furniture plan for your living room, start with the sofa as the largest piece of furniture and plan the rest of the room around it. If you have a small living room, you may want to select a sofa with a shallower depth or a L-shaped sectional to maximize your seating space. If you have a large living room, you may want to consider multiple couches to take advantage of your space.
  • Armchairs: These individual accent chairs offer additional seating and can be placed strategically around the living room to create cozy conversation areas. In addition to leaving space around furniture groupings, make sure to also leave space around each piece of furniture. This allows people to move freely using various routes within the living room. It's important to strike a balance between creating a cozy seating area and providing enough room for easy navigation.
  • Coffee Table: A central piece, the coffee table sits in front of the sofa and provides a surface for placing drinks, books, and other items. Pro tip: The recommended distance between a coffee table and the sofa in a living room is roughly 15-18”. This allows for enough space to move around comfortably and ensures that the coffee table is within easy reach from the seating area.
  • Side Tables and/or Ottomans: Placed next to sofas or armchairs, side tables offer a convenient surface for placing lamps, drinks, or other small items. Ottomans are even more versatile and can serve as a footrest, extra seating, or even a side table or coffee table when paired with a tray. Choose side tables or ottomans that are proportionate to the furniture they accompany. The height of the side table should be similar to or slightly lower than the armrest or seat height of the sofa or chair.
  • Console, Entertainment Center or TV Stand: This furniture piece typically houses the television and often includes additional storage for media devices, gaming consoles, or to display decorative items. Ensure that the size of the media console is proportionate to the size of the screen it will be supporting. Even if you don’t plan to include a TV in your living room (we support your decision for less screen time!), a freestanding console or built-in shelving unit is great for storage and organization. You can hide (or replace) your TV with a large piece of wall art.
  • Area Rug: It’s common to include an area rug in a living room for extra warmth and coziness. If possible, all furniture pieces should “live” on the rug in your living room. If your rug doesn’t really allow for that, then at least the front legs should be atop the rug. This ensures the furniture doesn’t look like it’s floating in the room.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Typically in a living room, you’d want a flush surface mount light or chandelier on the ceiling and wall-mounted sconces or table lamps placed around the room for mood lighting.
  • ** Decor Accessories**: Decor in a living room can transform a living area into a vibrant tapestry of textures, colors, and forms, creating a welcoming and personalized environment that reflects your style. The strategic placement of books, vases, and candles on coffee tables or shelves infuses the room with character and warmth. Throw pillows and blankets introduce texture and color helping to make the space feel cozier. Wall art helps to ground the space and showcase your personal taste and interests. Mirrors can amplify light, making the room feel more expansive.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the living room.

Get creative and have fun with your living room makeover! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Living Room.

How do you decorate with red?

A red living room is sure to make a bold statement. The color red is a vibrant and powerful hue that can evoke a range of emotions and sensations. Red is one of the primary colors, along with yellow and blue, and it holds a special place on the color wheel. In interior design, incorporating red can create a sense of energy and passion in a space. Red is often associated with warmth (fire), strength, power, love, and excitement.

It’s important to use red strategically or in moderation in your design, as it can be overwhelming if used excessively. Red is most often used as the main color in kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms, and playrooms. Red can be used as a dominant color in your living room to create a dramatic and stimulating atmosphere or as an accent color to add a pop of intensity. A pop of red doesn't just speak; it sings. You may have heard of the trending “unexpected red theory” that has taken over our social feeds. The theory is simple: Add something red to any room—even when it doesn’t match—and it will automatically look better. Fun fact: the term was coined by designer and Spoak member Taylor Migliazzo!

When it comes to finding a cohesive color palette that works well with red, there are a few options to consider. One classic choice is to pair red with its complementary color on the color wheel, which is green. This creates a vibrant and dynamic contrast. Another option is to go for a more harmonious look by combining red with analogous colors, such as shades of orange and purple. These colors are adjacent to red on the color wheel and create a visually pleasing and cohesive palette. Additionally, neutral colors like white, black, and gray can also complement red nicely, allowing it to stand out as the focal point. Your choice of complementary or harmonious colors will depend on the desired mood and style of your space.

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