Home Tones: Cherry Red

Brilliant white sitting room with cherry red sofacredit

Cherry red is a pinkish red with a tinge of black, giving it a deep intensity. It looks amazing with greys and leafy greens. You generally see it as a punchy impact or highlight colour – the red Aga cooker combined with dove grey cabinets is a favourite. Using the colour as an eye-catching feature on sofas, benches, chairs and doors is very successful. However,  there’s always an exception to the rule – the floor to ceiling, wall to wall expanse of mosaic tiles works really well in the bathroom space featured below.

Dove grey painted kitchen with cherry red Agacredit

Cherry red mosaic tiled bathroomcredit

Cherry red painted garden benchcredit

Cherry red 1950s inspired kitchencredit

Tonal grey bathroom with cherry red rails and under-sink cabinetcredit

Blue kitchen island/breakfast bar with cherry red bar stoolscredit

Brilliant white kitchen with 4 cherry red bar stoolscredit

Home Tones: Christmas Red & Green

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Christmas red & green decorated table settingcredit

Many of us have heard the sayings, “Red & green should never be seen without a colour in between” and “Red & green should only be seen upon an Irish queen”. We generally concur with this regarding interior decoration… except at Christmastime of course, when these two colours come into their own. This traditional pairing somehow captures the mood of the festive season. From Santa’s outfit to berry-laden holly, fir trees, poinsettia, candy canes, pretty packages, candles, baubles and trimmings… and not forgetting the robin red-breast.

Christmas decorated room in red and green by Marks & Spencercredit

Norton Priory decorated for Christmascredit

Sprig of decorated fir tree and glass jar of striped candy canescredit

Mantlepiece decorated for Christmascredit

open plan sitting room & dining room with Christmas tree and red baubles hanging from ceiling beamscredit

Sideboard with red, green and white Christmas decorationscredit

Decorative cone containing sprig of fir tree with red ribbonscredit

Home Tones: Post Box Red

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Post box red wall in the home library of Underhill Housecredit

This week’s Home Tone is post box red, otherwise known as Royal Mail Red, ref no. 538 BS381C – what a classic! It’s not just reserved for post boxes though. As you can see from our selection of interiors images, it makes a real impact on walls, ceilings, doors, appliances, textiles and furniture. It would probably feel a bit oppressive if overused, but a very successful highlight or feature colour.

Mondrian-influenced bedroomcredit

Red & white roll top bath in a red-ceilinged bathroomcredit

Grey & white kitchen with red Smeg fridgecredit

Red feature wall on a stairwaycredit

Single bedroom with red bedding and accessoriescredit

Red front doorcredit

Red circular upholstered seats in a child's bedroomcredit

Isis radio

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red vintage Isis radio | H is for Home

We couldn’t resist this radio at the local flea market.

red vintage Isis radio | H is for Home

Condition isn’t quite as mint as we like, but it’s such a classic design – and the imperfections are just honest wear & tear to the shiny front surface as opposed to drastic damage from being dropped or chewed by a dog! The radio is actually working fine and it still displays well. In fact, we’ve become quite attached to it sitting on our lounge shelves (where many items find a temporary home).

red vintage Isis radio | H is for Home

They were manufactured by a company called ISIS – who also made those lovely clocks in the shape of the word CLOCK.

red vintage Isis radio | H is for Home

We’re not short of radios in the house, so having shared a wonderful few weeks together, we’re saying goodbye. It’s part of today’s additions to our antiques centre space. We divide our stock between the virtual world and the real world- so pop into the centre if you’re ever near Todmorden. You’ll find lots of similar vintage loveliness!

Etsy List: Red Alert!

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Red Alert! Etsy List curated by H is for HomeRed – one of the three primary colours. The colour of danger, of anger of the femme fatale. There are so many shades & hues – tomato, blood, scarlet, crimson, ruby, fire engine!

A colour used extensively in mid-century modern design – think the balls on atomic coat hooks, Lucienne Day’s Calyx patterned fabric and Midwinter’s Domino crockery.

A surprisingly versatile colour for use in home décor. It goes well with black or white, silver or gold – brown, cream, blue or green (but it’s probably best to leave the latter one just for Christmastime!) 🙂

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