How to Design and Paint a Black and Red Bedroom

Black and red are very bold and striking colors. Don't let this stop you from using these colors to decorate your bedroom. A black and red painted bedroom can be very inviting and luxurious when done correctly. A good design plan will help you paint a black and red bedroom that you will love.


Things You'll Need

  • Black paint
  • Red paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black accented accessories

Spend some time looking at different shades of red paint for the walls of your room. Red paint comes in many different shades and may be on the pink side, a bit orange, bright like blood or dark like bricks. The key is to pick a shade of red paint that you are comfortable with. A darker red color like cranberry or burgundy will create a relaxing blend when paired with black. Brighter shades of red will add contrast and excitement.

Use black as your accent color. Black paint has the ability to add drama to a room when used in the right places to accessorize your main color. Consider painting wood furniture black, adding a black chair rail, installing a black marble top to your dressers, using a black area rug or adding a black stenciled design to create an accent wall. You can also use black picture frames on the walls and use bedding and window treatments with black trim.

Don't eliminate white. One of the biggest mistakes make when decorating a bedroom in black and red is to eliminate the color white from the room. By adding white trim to your red and black color scheme, you are using what is considered to be the most romantic color palette. Using traditional white paint on the trim in your red and black room will help to define the bones of the room and prevent the red and black from being too overwhelming.


Save yourself some time and effort by choosing a paint and primer in one product. There was a time when, if painting a room in black and/or red, you had to use tinted primer before painting the wall. New paint formulations, however, have made painting bold colors easier. Some paints to consider are BEHR Permium Plus Ultra paint or Kilz Casual Colors.

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