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If you're thinking about decorating your bedroom and haven't yet decided on a colour scheme, why not go with red? It's long been synonymous with romance and boasts innate intensity, making it an ideal colour choice for any bedroom, big or small.

For those that are sluggish and slow to get started in the mornings, a red bedroom scheme is an easy way to boost your mood. Come the break of day, you'll feel alert and energised. As the night draws in, a red bedroom is perfect for instilling a sense of calm and relaxation.

Looking to decorate with red? At Tikkurila, we stock an extensive range of red hues that will instantly transform any space. Whether you're looking to keep things simple and coat an entire room with the same shade or mix things up with an assortment of scarlet shades, you're bound to find something that stirs your interest.

Why Use Red Paint in a Bedroom?

Red tones are among the most evocative hues on the colour wheel. Lighter shades are perfect for bouncing around natural light, while darker hues can help soothe a troubled soul and make it easier to drift off to pleasant dreams.

Solid red walls aren't for everyone, but there's no reason why you have to stick to a single shade when decorating with this dramatic colour family.

In a small bedroom, stick to neutral or white walls, then create visual interest with a striking red headboard or feature wall. In larger spaces, play around with tone and bring all manner of hues into the mix.

In terms of interior design, there's no limit to what you can do with a red colour palette. Stark reds can be incorporated into classic monochrome schemes, while more subtle shades work incredibly well with tans, greys and earthy tones.

Our Favourite Red Bedroom Paint Colours

Ready to reinvigorate your bedroom with a new colour scheme? It's time to explore what red has to offer. Below, we've singled out some of our favourite red paint colours from our collection.

Not ready to unleash classic crimson or ruby red? Why not go with something that veers closer to brown? With its cool red undertones, a rich brown like Kestrel L478 is a fine colour compromise.

If you're a fan of purple, you'll love this stylish paint colour. It's the ideal choice for more grown-up bedrooms, especially if you're trying to introduce some romance to your interior design.

It's a fairly darker shade, so you'll need to be careful when you use this one. If you're decorating a small bedroom, it's a good idea to reserve this one for a feature wall, then offset it with a dark neutral or off-white elsewhere.

Once you've taken care of the walls and ceiling paint, you can start adding the finishing touches to your dream bedroom. A purple and red-infused brown like this one works well with dusky pinks, silvers and jewel tones.

For an elegant finish, introduce plenty of metallics and tan-infused fabrics to your space. Silk, satin and suede are all standout choices if you're short on ideas for bedding and drapery.

Looking for a more classic red shade for your bedroom walls? How about Madras N411? This burnt red has an irresistible earthy character, making it a superb choice for a more mature bedroom.

It's a good option if you're looking to create a soothing ambience that you can escape to at the end of a long day. Once the curtains are drawn and the lights are on, this rich red will positively glow.

Struggling to decide on which colours to use with this one? If you want to play it safe, stick to classic neutrals or timeless white. Alternatively, build on its innate warmth and add warm yellows and mid-tone oranges.

This versatile colour will work well with just about any decor. It will serve as a stylish backdrop for contemporary furniture sets and eclectic wall art, although it also works well with more traditional pieces.

Not everyone is a fan of bright red. If you're looking to avoid bolder shades like crimson, a colour like Marmalade M326 is something to consider.

This warm red hue is undercut with a hint of purple, which will instantly elevate any bedroom. Light enough that it can be used in a small space, this stylish red will provide you with a flexible foundation for taking your interior design to the next level.

Prefer clean lines and simple details? Pick out sideboards and coving with a coat of crisp white gloss paint. You can then introduce stripped-back furniture and a simple bed frame for a stunning sleep sanctuary.

Eager to embrace a more dynamic bedroom arrangement? Don't be afraid to incorporate plenty of secondary shades and accent colours. Neutrals will work well here, but earthy hues and jewel tones will also prove effective.

The right shade of red will have you bolting out of bed in the morning for all the right reasons. If you want to breathe new life into your bedroom, a colour like Reef M319 is the way to go.

This coral-infused paint colour is unmistakably red, but it's not overpowering and won't look out of place in a smaller bedroom. It's an incredibly versatile shade, working well with everything from pure white to jungle green. As such, you'll have no issues putting together a winning colour palette that's unique to your space.

Furthermore, this red paint colour will accommodate any style preferences. Love traditional furniture and natural materials? A shade like this will backdrop things beautifully.

Do you prefer contrast in your interiors? A rich red like this works well with everything from antique cabinets to ultra-modern artwork.

In the market for a moodier red? How about Rooibos M476.

This paint colour might look like it comes from the purple family, but it's actually a deliciously deep burnt red. Perfect in any sized space, it's the obvious choice if you're eager to elevate your bedroom decor.

In a smaller space, this shade works better for feature walls. However, you can use it throughout your bedroom with creative use of artificial lighting and subtle accent colours.

Thinking about furniture? Whether you're opting for stained hardwoods or polished metal, this luxurious red won't let you down.

Best Colours to Pair with Red Bedroom Colours

Red bedrooms can prove overwhelming for the senses. Thankfully, you don't have to stick with the same palette when painting every surface.

A primary colour like red has plenty of pairing options. Want to create contrast? Offset a striking red feature wall with navy blue walls for dramatic effect.

Have you opted for a lighter red to decorate your bedroom? Create a custom bedroom in monochrome fabric to draw the eye and create a stunning focal point.

Looking for something more stripped-back and easy on the eye? You can pair just about any shade of red with crisp white or light grey.

If you've already put your paintbrush down, there are plenty of ways you can introduce secondary colours into your space. An easy way to offset the crimson character of red walls is to invest in light-coloured bedding. If you haven't yet furnished your space, a crisp white dresser or bed frame is an easy way to add depth.

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