Working with color in you room design can be challenging. Adding color to an otherwise neutral space can be fairly simple. There are so many options to enhance your living space through the use of color.

Red offers the ultimate pop in any room design, especially if you're working with shades of white. Even paint color with a hue or a tint can be enhanced with red. Whether it's a home you live in that's more personalized or a home you are staging for sale, dramatic contrast will be achieved when neutral meets red.

Red painted walls can make a dramatic statement. The theory behind using red in a dining room is to attract guests, promoting gathering and eating. Restaurants are known to incorporate red into their dining rooms or throughout the décor through red accents.

Natural light has to be taken into account to achieve the correct saturation level for the shade of red chosen for your room. If you're afraid of painting the whole dining room red, try painting the top walls only. Adding white to the bottom of the wall will keep the room dramatic and a bit lighter with the added contrast. Separate the two colors with a chair rail. For added accent in the room, create picture-frame molding on the bottom half of the white wall to add more charm and a structural feature to the room.

In the living room, keep the walls lighter. Contrast can be added through accents. A red chair or occasional table will provide that added wow factor we all long for in room design.


Books can add warmth to white bookcases in a cooler space if you remove the paper book jackets and expose the color of the book bindings. Red bindings spread randomly throughout the book shelves is another way of bringing red into an otherwise cooler painted wall space.

In the kitchen red can be used in accents. Adding red glass pendant lights over a white island and sink area can be fun and eye-catching, especially in a white kitchen. If adding a tile backsplash is an option, using a feature mosaic or small subway tile incorporating varying shades of red, gray and silver will enhance a simple neutral color field tile. Tile backsplash designs can be simple, adding a little wow through the use of the multi-red accent tile.

Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional interior redesigner, stylist, stager, trainer and project manager. Follow her blog at