10 Ways a Red Lamp Shade Can Sass Up a Room
Energize a neutral palette, refine a rustic look ... where a red shade goes, liveliness is sure to follow
Charmean Neithart December 9, 2013
A red light has come to signify many things, some racy, others utilitarian. Regardless of the meaning, a red light unmistakably draws attention, which makes it a fun and useful tool for interior decorating. Sassy and unexpected, they’re usually best in small doses. If you are putting a space together and have a case of the blahs, try adding a bright red lamp shade or base where you’d least expect it. I think you’ll love what it does for your room.
Red arc light. Red and black make a dynamic color combination. A red arc light and bar stools balance the dramatic black in this contemporary room, keeping it warm and playful.
Red bedside light. Here is one way to put the right amount of sass at your bedside. Red is known to energize, so just a touch will do. A single touch of red is great as a stand alone-color. It’s the color equivalent of “Enough said.”
Red workshop light. This might just be Santa’s workshop. Among all the tools and curiosities, the red light provides a visual center to rest the eye on.
Red midcentury light. Classic midcentury furniture and neutral details are spiced up with a stunning vintage floor lamp here. The light is the only red detail in the room; it’s a teaser for the red room next door.
Red transitional light. Technically a sconce, this red light defines this space as transitional — a style between traditional and contemporary. If you are putting together a space and are stumped by how to jazz up your neutral palette, try a punch of red. It works every time.
Red rustic light. Here’s proof of the versatility of a red light accent. This is a perfect case of opposites attracting. The earthy, rustic vibe is contrasted by the punchy surprise of twin red bedside lamps.
Red vanity light. Here’s another great example of how red lights can wake up a neutral space. Red mini shades have been bravely added to powder room vanity lights. Notice the red lights are the only red detail in the room, which is exactly why they work well.
Glam red industrial light. I just love these lights. Their industrial vibe is glammed up with red cords and hardware, creating a whimsical center for dining.
Red minimalist light. This is one of those rooms that are so smart not because of what is there, but because of what is not there. Minimalism may not be your thing, but the sculptural details of this space are calming, with a cherry-red arc light at the top of it all.
Red foyer light. A foyer or entry is a great space to add a piece of interest to. If you have a large enough entry to showcase a unique piece of furniture that creates a collected vibe, consider a red lamp to enhance that statement.