Red walls? Or black and white walls?

Black and White Roses III by Marilyn Robertson

Black and White Roses III by Marilyn Robertson

I've always wanted a red, black and white bedroom and now I'm finally having it! I knew exactly what I wanted done but now I'm having second thoughts.

I originally planned on having my shortest wall - the wall the headboard of my bed will be against - painted black and the other three white.

I have bought red satin sheets and black satin sheets for my bed, and extra square cushions in red and black and white.

I was worried the walls were going to look too bold and empty so I bought two large black and white photos of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, and black picture frames for my white walls and vice versa.

Also, I wanted three bean bags: red, black and white.

In my head it seems perfect and all I ever wanted but I'm worried I will finally do it and be unhappy with the balance of colour in the room.

Do you think I should opt for a deep rich red colour for my walls instead and use the same accessories?

And, if yes, would my red satin sheets make the room then look too red with red walls?

Andrea's Response:

Hello and thank you for your question.

I love black, white and red as a colour scheme and think it works best when red is used as an accent colour rather than a main wall colour so I think you should go with your first instinct.

You just need to be sure that the room doesn't look too cold so make sure that you have plenty of fabric - cushions, pillows, curtains etc. - as a predominantly black and white room can look a little clinical and needs to be warmed up both with the red and with soft fabrics.

If you are not happy with the end result, it won't be hard for you to add extra red touches to the room.

Kind regards,


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