Red Hot Focal Wall in My Beige Living Room

by Natasha
(Apex, NC )

The red is balanced by the neutral decor colors

The red is balanced by the neutral decor colors

Because we have a 2-storey family room with a lot of light, we decided to use a nice bold color on our fireplace wall. The living room is the first room visible when walking in the front door, making it the first thing we, and visitors, see when entering our home.


We wanted a bold first impression but didn't want anything so overwhelming that it would make you feel claustrophobic, which is what we felt would happen if the entire room was red.

We chose Red Hot from Behr, a deep, true red, and after 3 coats it was the exact shade that we imagined. I absolutely love this color and how the entire room turned out.

With our dark wood furniture and black accents the red pops and complements the room. The fact that we have 8 windows in our living room allows us enough light to keep the room from being too dark during the day, even with the dark red of the wall.

My advice for others is to choose your color carefully. If you don't have a lot of natural light then it is likely that a dark accent wall will make your room darker and closed in.

I particularly like my accent wall having a fireplace on it, the white of the fireplace contrasts nicely with the red of the wall.

Also, if you are going to choose a bold color for your accent wall I would recommend keeping your decoration and furnishings simple as not to detract from your accent wall; it is meant to be the focal point of the room.

All in all I would highly recommend both Behr paint and an accent wall. While I would pick several different colors and paint small areas to see if you like the color, ultimately the beauty of doing only one wall is that it can be changed relatively easily.

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