10 Vibrant Red Bathrooms to Make Your Decor Dazzle
Reds are arousing. According to color theory, they are advancing rather than receding colors. Interior designers explain that advancing colors dominate an interior and, to the viewer, appear to come forward. This would be especially true in small spaces such as red bathrooms.
Designers say that reds warm a room and make it feel more cozy and lively. If you want a quiet, more spacious look, receding colors in the blue to green range are the right choice.
But the truth of the matter in designing red bathrooms is that few people opt for in-your-face, entirely red designs. Often they combine neutrals – greys, whites and tans – to tone down the heat.
Plus, reds themselves come in a range from hotter to cooler hues. On the warmer, spicier side are tomato reds that contain varying amounts of yellow. Cooler berry reds tend toward the blue spectrum and look juicy. In the middle is primary red, the kind you might find in a crayon box with only three colors.
As you tour the ten examples of red bathrooms we’ve gathered here, you’re likely to notice that some contain multiple shades of red. For each design, we share color analysis, thoughts about what we love and suggestions for ways in which we might change it.
Along the way, we’ll take short side trips to consider the history of red.
10. PRIMARY RED
Shiny, Modern Crayon Box Red
Color combo: A soft, grey-green wall quiets the eye-popping red and bright white of the floating vanity. A deep brown counter top and pecan-brown wood flooring reinforce the room’s warmth while keeping the red from being too commanding.
Why we love it: Floating cabinetry gives bathrooms a less cluttered, more open look. This sparely furnished bathroom has a high-tech look despite the Art Deco curviness of its vanity. The white, gumball sized drawer pulls nicely reiterate the polka-dot cutouts of the sleek wall dividers.
Our suggestion: The pottery is pretty, but breakable. Why not replace it with something more useful, such as a small bench.
History Side Trip: Red from Insects and Minerals
To make red dye, ancient Egyptians ground up the tiny plant pests called Kermes scales, which suck on plant foliage and branches. Later, New World explorers discovered Cochineal scales, which are still used today to make non-toxic red pigments. But not all ancient red pigments were safe. In contrast, the Ancient Romans crushed the highly toxic mineral cinnabar to create vermilion.