How to Decorate With the Color Vermillion

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Even those who usually take a neutral approach when it comes to decor may occasionally be in the mood to add some warmth or drama to shake up their space. So we say go bold with a vermillion color. It may seem a bit out of your comfort zone, but even in small doses, the scarlet shade can create a big impact.

Vermillion accessories, from floor lamps to wallpaper, pack a punch. The hue has been used for centuries and will surely bring some historical appeal to your space as well.

Here are some unique ways to use the rich red in your home to brighten things up.

1. On the Counter

A red countertop may seem like an unexpected design decision, but this vermillion sink with a matching faucet from Reath Design has us rethinking color combinations. We're loving purple and vermilion together, and we never thought we would.

Get the look: Wilsonart Laminate Countertop Sheet in Hollyberry, $76.80

2. A Little Lamp

If you want to add just a touch of vermillion to your bedroom, do it with a table lamp like Chango & Co. did in this nautical space. It's the perfect accent for a kid's room or an adult one.

Get the look: Abbyson Living Maybury Ceramic Table Lamp, $139.99

3. Tried and True Textiles

We all know changing your throw pillows is the perfect way to transition your decor without fully committing to an entirely new color palette. And these vermillion pillows are beautifully bohemian.

Get the look: CB2 Cusco Pillow, $49.95

4. Off the Wall

Painting an accent wall a vermillion color is never a bad idea, but why not cover a whole room in the rich shade? The color can work well with styles that lean more art deco and maximalist.

Get the look: Farrow and Ball Rectory Red

5. Under Foot for Sure

Try out a rich vermillion area rug in a light and bright space to ground things a bit. It will add just the right amount of cozy to your boho bedroom.

Get the look: Safavieh Vintage Boho Hamadan Hayriye Oriental Rug, starting at $129

6. A Single Piece

If you want to shake things up, but keep your space white and minimal at the same time, consider adding a cabinet or credenza in a rich red shade. Pick a classic statement piece, and we're sure it will stick around for a long time.

Get the look: Orren Ellis Wray Credenza, $2,711.28

7. Why Yes, Wallpaper

Like we said and will always say, an accent wall with a little pop of color will help you perfectly stir the decorating pot. But you can also choose a patterned vermillion wallpaper for something really dramatic in your bedroom. This space even has a lampshade in a matching pattern.

Get the look: Perigold Best Fronds W Floral Wallpaper, $3.17 / sq. ft.

8. Vermillion Times a Million

Yes, vermillion kitchens are very much a thing. So if you're gonna go big, go big at home like this very vibrant space from Jest Cafe. You can paint your cabinets red or just bring the color in with your floor tile. Or, why not do both?

Get the look: Birch Lane Hardiman Kitchen Cart, $369.99; Zia Cement Tile in Marrakech, $11.75 sq. ft.


As an Emmy Award winning creative director, writer and producer I have worked on content for brands like Disney, BravoTV, TBS, Universal, E! and MTV. But I mostly love rearranging furniture and repotting plants at home.

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