Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Color Red!

The color red, famous on Swedish Country exteriors also shows up again and again in Swedish interiors. It offers a fresh look when paired with white and is also used in simple florals, checked, and striped fabrics. It adds the punch to rooms which by nature tend to be subdued. Light colored floors and walls really reflect the light and adding the contrast of red allows a vibrancy to a room. Here are some great examples of using red.

These rooms were all designed by Katrin Cargill, famous interior and product designer. Katrin has written several books on Swedish decor and decorating. Notice that the fabrics have a larger scale print on a white background. Also notice her use of red checked fabrics. Here is a lovely room from House Beautiful. Classic red checked fabric on the Swedish bench and notice the red cross stitching on the muslin curtains - great detailing!
Finally, a simple, but classic, ironstone pitcher filled with tulips! Just a few examples to give you ideas on ways to punch it up with Red!


  1. I love your posts! This one is a beauty. I do not gravitate to red at all, but in this context it looks great.

  2. I love this post! Katrin Cargill is a favorite of mine. And, I've personally spent lots of time at the breakfast table and in that bedroom! ;)


  3. What a great post! I love the calm that Swedish interiors inspire and this post is a great example!!

  4. This cold New England winter needed some red to warm things up!!! Thanks everyone! You all have inspired me!


  5. I know this post was back in April, but when I saw that you had a post on Katrin Cargill I just had to have a looksee. She's one of my favorite designers. I gravitate towards red and absolutely love how she uses it, especially the checks!
    Karen B.


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