The color red can be a harsh wall color.  There are many hues, shades, tints, and tones of red.  What is the difference between a hue, a tint, a tone, or a shade of color?  The hue is a color on the color wheel–either primary, secondary, or tertiary.  Tints are created when you add white to a hue. Tones are created when you add both black and white (aka gray) to a hue. A shade is created when only black is added to a hue. Therefore, tints are lighter, tones are muted, and shades are darker.


Red is a light-grabbing color, making the room appear much darker.  Red also varies from daylight to nightlight.


There are three colors of red in this photo:  the wall, the tablecloth, and the dishes.  All are red, but different shades of red.


Red should not be used on an accent wall unless it makes sense to do so.  In this photo, nothing else is red—-no furniture, no artwork; there is nothing to ground the red.  So, especially in a vacant property, re-paint your “accent” wall a neutral color.



This whole living room was painted red.  Notice the shade is different from the other photos.  This shade of red has some pink undertones.  Even though there is plenty of natural light, this room still felt dark and closed in.



The goal when selling your house is to make a prospective buyer feel an emotional connection to a house.  Since red is a personal color, some buyers will find that their furniture and accessories do not mesh well—for example a burgundy sofa or violet accessories.


Please think twice about painting a room red.  Red is wonderful in certain situations–such as an accent wall in a children’s room or in a unique room such as a powder room or perhaps a sunroom.  A better use for red might be in your accessories or artwork.   Premiere Home Stagers does color consultations.  We’re always glad to help you choose colors so you only paint once.

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