Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Color Red!

The color red, famous on Swedish Country exteriors also shows up again and again in Swedish interiors. It offers a fresh look when paired with white and is also used in simple florals, checked, and striped fabrics. It adds the punch to rooms which by nature tend to be subdued. Light colored floors and walls really reflect the light and adding the contrast of red allows a vibrancy to a room. Here are some great examples of using red.

These rooms were all designed by Katrin Cargill, famous interior and product designer. Katrin has written several books on Swedish decor and decorating. Notice that the fabrics have a larger scale print on a white background. Also notice her use of red checked fabrics. Here is a lovely room from House Beautiful. Classic red checked fabric on the Swedish bench and notice the red cross stitching on the muslin curtains - great detailing!
Finally, a simple, but classic, ironstone pitcher filled with tulips! Just a few examples to give you ideas on ways to punch it up with Red!