|Thanksgiving table 2016|
Would you, could you, should you paint your dining room red? I took the plunge over 25 years ago when I saw a dining room with painted red walls in an issue of TRADITIONAL HOME magazine, and some other red and luscious decor ideas at Martha Stewart.com … where red was used both as accent and backdrop in home decor. I chose a RALPH LAUREN red in eggshell (for other luscious RL colors go here, to the THOROUGHBRED COLLECTION) and then had a coat of glaze applied that resulted in a patina both rich and leathery looking. Oh, and appropriate to my English Tudor home. My mahogany woodwork contributes to the aura I think, and I have never regretted the admittedly bold choice…and have never been tempted to change it (unlike other areas of my home.)
|Vignettes of Thanksgiving 2016: Dior ‘Malachite’ green and white china and the deep red hues of pears, dahlias and pomegranates.|
When I posited this same question on Facebook, a realtor said “No, it is outdated.” To which I responded that I didn’t think so…..in a 1935 traditional English Tudor home with rather traditional English decor (isn’t that the point of the wo)rd ‘traditional’?) I still feel it is timeless, if not au courant. (Visit my red Pinterest board here).
|Ralph Lauren red walls with red trim frame the view into the living room where touches of red are repeated.|
But her point is well taken. Those younger than I (and members of the HGTV generation), would probably prefer fuchsia or turquoise over red, or perhaps a taupe/all white decor with loud pops of color. A whole different dynamic that could also be wonderful…..beauty and style being in the eye of the beholder and a subjective thing after all. But since I am not planning on selling my home to a millennial any time soon…. I am the beholder of my beautiful red leathery walls and continue to love them.
|Fluffy red dahlias with greens and berries from the garden accompany gilded gourds, pinecones and corn.|
|Just having my sons home for Thanksgiving is enough to make me blush with happiness, with or without red walls.|
|This year, a Friendsgiving….with dear friends who have been spending this day of thanks with us for many, many years.|
|A glossy red armoire gives me the tone on tone sensibility, and extra storage, I crave.|
3. I love tone on tone…..on tone….in both light monochromatic hues and deep rich jewel tones. Consequently, I painted a pine armoire in the exact same deep red hue with a top coat of Briwax to add depth and shine (Be warned, I will Briwax anything that doesn’t move.) I also added red linen shades on the the sideboard black lamps. In my mind, if a little bit is good, more can sometimes be delicious.
|The intense color red vibrates from the centerpiece as well.|
4. Luscious reds are frequently a part of my centerpieces, this year in the gorgeous red of Bosc pears and pomegranates, fluffy dahlias, and ruby berries. Anything that glistens and flickers….crystal, silver, candlelight…..spray-painted gold pinecones and pumpkins :)…
|Gilded gourds and lush red flowers and fruit = luscious|
|Candlelight and red walls enhance one another’s magical qualities.|
|White slipcovered furniture pleasingly contrast against the deep red walls.|
5. And finally, it feeds my need for color echoes everywhere I look. The same rich red is found in the oil painting over the sideboard, in the many table linens I have inherited and amassed over the years,
|Nandina berries and arborvitae greens from the garden ground the Thanksgiving flower arrangement.|
and in the small touches of my everyday garden life that find their way to the table or a vase.
Red walls are certainly not for everyone. They may not even be for me…
|The huge red blooms of ‘Red Lion’ amaryllis match the intensity of the walls in a heavenly way.|