Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Red Dining Rooms

A little while ago I did a post on green dining rooms .  Finally, here is the corresponding one I promised on red ones!  


Brian McCarthy

Love me some lacquer!!!  I love, love, love how in the dining room of this Manhattan apartment designer Brian McCarthy used glamorous red-lacquer walls to offset a very traditional mix of furnishings - the 19th century chandelier and George II table.  The mirrored doors are a great extension of the high-impact walls, adding an extra touch of sparkle and glamour. 

The red leather nail-head chairs are just bold enough in this soft-hued room.

"Orange Fitzhugh-pattern Chinese-export porcelain inspired the dining-room color sceheme. The painted walls match the deepest tone on the china. A quince-colored velvet tablecloth and sunset-hued fabric on the folding screen highlight the richness and depth of gold-tinged reds."


I love the eclectic, Chinese touch in this still somewhat traditional environment.  I am also a big fan of the nail-head black consol.  The wire on the china cabinets, the table settings and the linen chairs give an unexpected earthy touch that somehow really works!
Tom Boland via Lamps Plus

While traditional, I feel like this room belongs in a Lord's hunting cottage or something - its so manly (the cognac nail-head leather chairs, the castle or lodge-esque chandelier, the chest next to the very large fireplace)!  

Image via Be Colorful.

I am wild about these red chinoiserie chairs.

Via Southgate.
I like the eclectic mix (the chandelier, chairs, table and vases) here.

A bit Art Deco


I find the space above very inviting.

A slightly more contemporary take on the relaxed look, again with wicker chairs.  I guess I am really liking wicker - who would have it looked so good in a red room!?  I also love the diver print on the wall. 


This room is admittedly a bit more orange than red... oh well!  Lots of bold prints going on - the chevron on the chairs, the houndstooth on the wingbacks that flank the buffet and, of course, the geometric carpet. 

More bold, modern upholstery in this detail.

Very Bold by SGH Designs


Love the parsons table and mid-century chairs on this rug.

So which is it - red or green?  For a more relaxed/everyday room, I prefer green, but for a more formal/traditional room, I'd go with red.  Which do you prefer?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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