How to Decorate a Black, Red and Gray Living Room

Of the many color schemes that are considered trendy in contemporary decor, the combination of black, red and gray is one of the most popular. Not only is this color scheme used in cafes, hotels, bedrooms and kitchens, it is also commonly used for living rooms. A living room with this color scheme is not only attractive, but also relatively easy to put together as long as one follows a few guidelines.

Choose a bright or medium hue of red, as opposed to a deep, dark red. Since black and gray are monotone colors that can make a room feel heavy and closed in, using a brighter red will add more visual interest. For example, cherry red will work better in this color scheme than burgundy red.

Purchase black and gray furniture, as opposed to red furniture. Since too much red, especially in a bright hue, can be overstimulating and “loud” to the eyes, it is best to pick furniture that is black or gray. For example, you can opt for gray microfiber couches and black lacquered tables. If you find a piece of red furniture that you really want to use, limit yourself to just one small piece, such as a bookshelf, accent chair or side table.

Buy accessories that feature your chosen hue of red. These accent pieces may have black and gray in them, but the primary color should be red. For example, you can decorate your living room with a red vase, red picture frame with white accents, and a red throw that has black stripes.\

Ensure that any wall art you hang features colors aside from black, gray and red. If you only choose pieces with these three colors, the art will loose its visual appeal and fade into the background of the room. Choose art that has small, but noticeable amounts of red, black or gray. For example, a painting hanging in a room with this color scheme that has blues, yellows, browns, greens and a touch of red would stand out, yet still tie into the room.


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