Red bedrooms are not for the faint-hearted. They are exciting and highly energizing.
If you're looking for bedroom color ideas that will get a lot of attention, the color red is your perfect candidate, and you'll find there are loads of gorgeous color palettes with red to choose from.
When you're (re-)decorating, hold off on the bedroom wall colors as long as you can.
There's always a bigger choice of paints than of fabrics, carpets & furniture.
Even if you use red only for bedroom accent colors, this color will dominate any palette of colors for the bedroom. The more saturate a red tone, the more eye-catching it is, and the more powerful are its psychological effects.
Therefore, bright red is a great color for details you want noticed ...
... a piece of furniture with great bones, an attractive line, or a few rather gorgeous accessories.
However, when it comes to red walls for bedrooms, opinions are divided. Some people love it, some run away screaming! Red is an 'advancing' color, and it can feel claustrophobic in a bedroom.
So before you start painting, you may want to test the waters (or rather, your nervous system) and find out how much red in the bedroom you can personally handle.
Rule of Thumb:
A little bit of red goes a long way! If you're unsure how red-painted bedrooms agree with you, try the color out in limited amounts first.
Red bedroom walls are rare in traditional European country homes. But red quilts (as well as red-and-white checked or embroidered bedlinen) have been bedroom staples in my part of the world for centuries.
(A red quilt can look great on the wall, too, particularly when you use it in place of a headboard for a bold, dramatic statement.)
Now, clearly the following bedroom doesn't qualify as 'red', but I love the idea of defining a white bedroom by adding just one color - in this case, the wonderful red toile de Jouy pillows:
Pattern is a nice way to dial down the power of red color. It gives you a 'red bedroom' without the claustrophobia of all-out red walls.
Above is a gorgeous historic example from Versailles, in cherry red & pale gold.
Note how light and airy the room looks, while retaining all of its royal grandeur - the combination of red and gold almost always guarantees an aristocratic look!
Silk damask or velvet are the natural fabrics of choice if you want to (re-)create a regal Old-World bedroom.
In this imposing bedchamber at Chenonceau castle in France (right), red damask bed textiles were emblazoned with gold-thread embroidery.
Here is another fine example of aristocratic bedroom elegance: A Venetian bedroom in red, green & gold that is now at the Met Museum in New York.
You could create a toned-down version of all this lavish opulence by using a giltwood headboard frame, upholstered in red silk or velvet, complemented with a quilt of the same fabric and plain walls painted green (in a matt finish). Hang a cluster of giltwood frames for an added layer of luxury.
For a more low-key, contemporary version of the 'castle look', check out this red & silver bedroom color scheme from England:
Also, note how cold some reds can look! Many people assume that red is always a 'warm color', but that isn't true at all. (When you look at the four-primary color wheel, you can see how every color has a warm and a cool side.)
Red is a wonderfully life-affirming color, and it goes well with other 'happy' colors. These two red-based bedrooms in Sweden (left) and Holland (right) are abuzz with clear-cut pattern and lovely bright, upbeat color schemes.