Colour Stories: Red

Too tricky? Too bright? Too much? Not at all. From scarlet to plum, it’s time to rethink rouge.

Rich pattern, on walls and windows, creates an exotic mood. Cool down the hot scarlet with subtle blocks of pink.

WALLS Papered in Sukumala PDG641/05 wallpaper in Crimson, £75 per 10m roll, Designers Guild. WINDOW Curtain made in Providencia F6638-01 linen/silk-mix, £140 per m, Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little; and edged with Houlès Fleurs de Lin linen bobble fringe, £36 per m, Wemyss. FURNITURE Margot love seat, from £620, sofa.com; upholstered in: armrests: Fiona 04836/11 linen-mix in Hibiscus, £65 per m, Manuel Canovas at Colefax and Fowler; and seat pad, base and back rest: Chaumont 7692/05 viscose-mix in Rhubarb, £60 per m, Romo. FLOOR Royal Damask ikat wool rug in Red, £6,225, Knots Rugs. Geometric Hexagon tiles in Matt White, £48 per sq m, Mandarin Stone. DETAILS Valley by Dan Hillier print, £350, Nelly Duff. Picture frame, £38, Habitat. Cushion made in Laguna linen in Hot Pink, £90 per m, Ultimo Grito for Christopher Farr Cloth. Breton top in Blossom Pink/Sangria Red, £60, Petit Bateau. 3.0 Free Run trainers, £90, Nike.


Mix paisley with folk prints and lush textiles for a parlour full of passion.

WALL Papered in Sukumala PDG641/05 wallpaper in Crimson, £75 per 10m roll, Designers Guild. FURNITURE Bespoke studded king-size headboard, £1,940, Ensemblier; upholstered in Jayshree ZJA1331627 linen-mix in Red/Blue, £152 per m, Zoffany. DETAILS Level oak-veneer floating shelf, £50, Habitat; painted in Red Stallion 3 eggshell, £13.79 for 500ml, Dulux; and trimmed with Colour Band paper border in Rose Petal, £30 per 10m roll, purestyleonline.com. Woodstock glazed-porcelain lamp base in Ivory, £243.54; and shade, £46.14, Heathfield & Co. Shade covered in Box 1813 wallpaper, £55 per 10m roll, Engblad & Co for Eco Wallpaper. Esmeralda Flower Me Happy pot, £66, Meyer-Lavigne at Unique & Unity. Salon Velcro rollers, £12.99 for a pack of 18, Tresemmé at Amazon. Elnett Satin hairspray, £3.99, L’Oréal Paris at Superdrug. Flowerbomb eau de toilette, £58, Viktor & Rolf at House of Fraser. China Doll Creme nail varnish, £12, Rococo at Space NK Apothecary. Richmond Gardens Top Coat nail polish, £4.95, Nails Inc at allbeauty.com. Hand-knotted rosaries, £4.50 each, RE. Monochrome storage box, £22, House of Fraser.


Mix matching crimson shades for a Punjabi Palace fit for a maharani.

WALL As before. WINDOW As before. FURNITURE Headboard and love seat, as before. De Luxe divan with Elite mattress, £2,785, Vi-Spring; upholstered in Linara 2494/371 linen/cotton-mix in Rhubarb, £34.50 per m, Romo. Bistrot metal table, approx £180, Antonio Sciortiono for Serax at Selfridges. FLOOR Tiles and rug, as before. DETAILS Shelf, Woodstock table lamp, storage box and cosmetics, all as before. Babylon glazed-porcelain lamp base in Ivory, £339.90; and shade, £62.10, Heathfield & Co. Shade covered in Box 1813 wallpaper, as before. Tumbler, from a selection, Heal’s. Washed lace pillowcases in Pale Cream, £22 each; and washed lace king-size duvet cover in Pale Cream, £109, Toast. Cushion, left, made in Optimiste 10119469335 cotton-mix, £82 per m, Zimmer + Rohde. Cushion, right, made in Tashkent NF37 linen/silk-mix in Ivory/Dark Pink, £168 per m, Vaughan. Throw made in Pois Brode LXY-1836-81-29 acrylic-mix in Lipstick, £60.25 per m, Casadeco; edged with Houlès Riviera 32183 acrylic braid, £37.50 per m; and Houlès Fleurs de Lin bobble fringe, as before, both Wemyss. Breton top, as before. Graphic Bantam skateboard in Grandma’s Couch, £75, Globe at Urban Outfitters.


Who said bathrooms have to be pastel? Shake it up with bold walls and mismatched tiles.

WALL Painted in Red Stallion 3 emulsion, £24.99 for 2.5l, Dulux. Tiled in Geometric Hexagon tiles in Matt White, £48 per sq m, Mandarin Stone. Grouted with Kerapoxy grout in Red, £24.99 for 3kg, Mapei at Tile HQ. FURNITURE Muse ceramic basin in White, £2,000, Catalano at CP Hart. Happy Garden metal stool in Rose, £58.50, Nordal at Amara. FLOOR Geometric Hexagon tiles and Kerapoxy grout, as before. DETAILS Mother-of-Pearl inlay mirror in Grey, £195, Graham and Green. FS2 20 basin-mixer in Brushed Chrome, £2,924, Vola. French soap in Patchouli, £2.50, RE. Wave Hand hook in Hot Pink, £100, Rockett St George. Splatter mug in Red, £9.50, RE. Bamboo toothbrush in Pink, £5, Nomess at The Goodhood Store. Hairbrush, £20, Hay at Selfridges. Scrollwork hand towel, £14, Anthropologie. Fouta de Plage in Red, approx £16, baboucheshop.com. Cushion made in Rabanna L-264 cotton, £96 per m, Fermoie; trimmed with Bobble fringe 8836, £6.25 per m, VV Rouleaux.


Red grouting blends the hexagonal tiles in with the red painted walls above.

WALL As before. FURNITURE Stool, as before. Hemnes wood wardrobe in White Stain, £260, Carina Bengs for Ikea. Panels papered in, clockwise from top left, Caramba CAB58954000 wallpaper, £43.10 per 10m roll, Caselio; Silvergate BP 878 wallpaper, £105 per 10m roll, Farrow & Ball; Caramba wallpaper, as before; and Azulejos-Grenadine wallpaper, £75 per 10m roll, Designers Guild. FLOOR Tiles and grout, as before. DETAILS Clothes hangers, £9.95 for a packet of three, Muji. Oxford cotton shirt, £14.90, Uniqlo. Cushion, as before.


Enliven a Scandi setting with crimson accents – natural wood benefits from a splash of colour.

WALLS Above dado: papered in Wood Grain 95/5021 wallpaper in White, £72 per 10m roll, Cole & Son. Adjoining room: painted in Dusky Rose matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5l, Sanderson. PANELLING Painted in Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion, £13.99 for 2.5l, Dulux; and Firecracker Lt acrylic eggshell, £47 for 2.5l, Sanderson. FURNITURE Lau ash dining table, from £1,695, Jesús Gasca for Stua at Heal’s. Grand Prix lacquered-ash chairs in White, £456 each, Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen at Republic of Fritz Hansen. Seating Bench Two in ash and brass, £695, Another Country. FLOOR Herringbone solid-oak parquetry flooring in Seashell, £74.94 per sq m, Fired Earth. DETAILS Bell brass and polymer pendant, £1,890, CTO Lighting. On table: Rimmed dinner plate, £5, House by John Lewis. Basic breakfast cup, £15.50; Basic saucer, £8.50; and Basic pitcher, £45, all Folklore. Armadale tureen, £198, Anthropologie. On bench: seat pad covered in Pendeen F4142/05 linen in Grey, £75 per m, Colefax and Fowler. String bag in Red, £7.50, RE. Dani lambskin bomber jacket, £921, Filles à Papa at The Goodhood Store. On mantelpiece: Pipework Candelabra Three Red, £65, Nick Fraser at Heal’s; candles, £28 for a box of 12, True Grace; and Hexagon brass vase, £38.50, Holly’s House. In fireplace: Herringbone brick interior panel, £420, Chesney’s. On dado rail: C-type photograph 197, £350, Playpaint London; framed in Frosted Silver, £135, Oaksmith Studio.


White keeps the room fresh and prevents the red from overcrowding the space.

WALL As before. WINDOW Ready Made curtain kit in Red, £335, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat at Ligne Roset. Curtain panel made in Merton Sunflower linen-mix in Claret, £75 per m, Liberty. View of Amsterdam window film, £95 per 50 x 50cm panel, Surface View. FURNITURE CL2 Stockholm wood Mora clock, £629 (unpainted), Scumble Goosie; painted in Firecracker Lt acrylic eggshell, as before. Seating Bench Two, as before. FLOOR As before. DETAILS Seat pad covered in Lambada J780F-09 cotton in Red, £35 per m, Jane Churchill. Curly sheepskin, £165, Cox & Cox. Instax Mini 8 camera in Aqua, £90, Fujifilm at Urban Outfittters.


Latticework pattern speaks to the Far East, while deep plums add a twist of Zen.

WALLS Papered in Sansui NCW4181-08 wallpaper, £64 per 10m roll, Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little. WOODWORK Painted in Baked Cherry intelligent eggshell, £51 for 2.5l, Little Greene. FURNITURE Large Kusa oak and glass trestle desk, £330, Habitat. Opera wool and antique bronze chair, £3,100, Soane Britain. Sixties metal lockers, £625 for a set of two, The Old Cinema. Four-panel MDF screen, £260, The Dormy House; upholstered in Empire M284/27 velvet in Cinnebar Red, £85 per m, Mark Alexander; Koto 131363 embroidered cotton in Dove/Moonstone, £39 per m, Harlequin; and edged in Picot 232202 braid in Red/Linen, £6 per m, Sanderson. FLOOR Oriental Carbon sisal carpet, £59 per sq m, Crucial Trading. DETAILS Jade disk with tassel in Red, £45, Orchid. Lita marble table lamp, £775 (includes shade, different from the one shown), The Conran Shop. Shade, £78.78, Heathfield & Co; covered in Crocodile 32-644 wallpaper, £20 per 10m roll, Graham & Brown. A8 speaker dock in True Black, £849, BeoPlay at Bang & Olufsen. Mixr on-Ear headphones, £199.99, Beats by Dr Dre at John Lewis. Guide book, £2.50, Somerset House. Jar, £30, Gear Antiques. Keep Calm tennis ball, £2.99, Purplebone. Jade disk, as before.


Hanging Chinese lanterns complement the wallpaper and complete the look.

WALLS Papered in Sansui wallpaper, as before. Chimney breast papered in Concrete wallpaper, £199 per 9m roll, Piet Boon for NLXL at Rockett St George. WOODWORK As before. FURNITURE Dune modular sofa in Berlino viscose-mix in Grigio, £6,646, Carlo Colombo for Poliform. Controra velvet armchair in Karson, £3,717, Ron Gilad for Molteni&C. E2 concrete coffee table, £1,400, Setworkshop. Drum stools, £425 each, Clock House Furniture; upholstered in Cocagne 35310280 cotton in Gris, £75.20  per m, Casamance; with base painted in Dark Lead eggshell, £51 for 2.5l, Little Greene. FLOOR As before. DETAILS Bolster cushion made in Entrelacs MO5 silk-mix, £500 per m, Hermès; trimmed with Round Nailhead leather, £64 per linear m, Samuel & Sons. Leather cushion, £275, Whistler Leather. On coffee table: Joy N.1 resin centrepiece, £73, Claudia Raimondo for Alessi; and Grid vase in Black, £71, Darkroom. On stool: headphones, as before. On wall: Beats by Lisa Cervone framed print, £850, Lumitrix; and Corniche in Japanese Red, £71, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra at Aram Store. On corniche: Mickey Mouse resin statuette, £170, Leblon-Delienne at The Conran Shop; and vase, £30, French Connection Home. On mantelpiece: Strike matches, £5 for a box, Hay at The Goodhood Store; Abi bangle, £14, Oliver Bonas; Cube candleholder, £25, French Connection Home; and candle, £2, John Lewis. In fireplace: jar,  as before. Paper lanterns, from £4.75 each, The Hanging Lantern Company.

Photography / Simon Bevan

Styling / Claudia Bryant

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