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Add passion and drama with a splash of red decor

upcycled cabinet in shades of red by Little Gems Interiors

Powerful, fiery and seductive – red is a bold and exciting option when it comes to home décor. 

Whether you are looking to create a feature wall or are thinking of painting a prominent piece of furniture, a splash of red decor goes a long way. 

There are so many shades and tones to consider, each bringing its own personality and energy. So much so that it is worth painting a large test area of the red you are thinking of using before you take the plunge to see how you feel about living with it full time. 

When used in home décor, red is never boring. Depending on the shade it can be teamed with many other colours to temper the overall effect. 

For example, classic primary red sits well alongside yellow, white, green, blue and black while cherry red can be teamed with grey, sky blue or pale orange to create a striking look. 

At Little Gems Interiors we are proud to stock the full range of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ which includes an inspiring selection of reds sure to set your heart racing! 

Chalk Paint™ is perfect for upcycling projects, whether you have an old item of furniture you would like to bring back to life, or you want to add personality to a modern off the shelf piece. It’s so versatile as it can be used both indoors and outdoors on wood, metal, laminate, concrete and more.  

These are our favourite reds from the Chalk Paint palette: 

Emperor’s Silk 

This bright, pure red is the red of Chinese lacquer, especially when deepened with Black Chalk Paint™ Wax. It looks stunning when used on the inside of a cupboard or drawer for a surprise flash of colour. 


A delicious deep red which makes us think of summer crops of dark cherries. This is a deep, warm shade which is perfect for sophisticated painted furniture or red decor.

Primer Red  

A dark red which looks gorgeous on rustic pieces or as a base for elegant colours like Château Grey or Versailles. It also works beautifully under gilding

Alongside the Chalk Paint™, Annie Sloan has created a range of complementary wall paints and fabrics which are also available from Little Gems Interiors, allowing you to create a look that is truly co-ordinated. 

If you're not quite ready to crack open the red paint, why not try introducing red into a room with a few accessories first? We love this glam red cushion which screams luxury and this quirky brick red alarm clock which would add style and interest to any room.