How to Decorate With the Color Vermillion

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

vermillion color counter, red faucet, purple window trim, towel and flowers, blue tile.
Image Credit: Reath Design

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.

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2. A Little Lamp

Blue and white striped shams and duvet, wicker headboard, and vermillion color table lamp with white shade, white night stand, black and white photograph, dark blue and white striped area rug, red shoes.
Image Credit: Chango & Co.

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.

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3. Tried and True Textiles

Slate blue walls, bohemian pendant, vermillion color area rug, with red textile throw pillows, leather bench, white shade table lamp, round coffee table.
Image Credit: Jennifer Boomer for Hunker

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.

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4. Off the Wall

vermillion color patterned high back chair, dark red wall, dark wood credenza, art on walls.
Image Credit: Farrow and Ball

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.

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5. Under Foot for Sure

White arch ceiling bedroom and white bedding with vermillion color area rug.
Image Credit: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography for Jennifer Robins Interiors

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.

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6. A Single Piece

White modern room with large skylight, painting, light wood floors and vermillion color display cabinet with glass doors.
Image Credit: Luke White for Hunker

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.

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7. Why Yes, Wallpaper

vermillion color wallpaper, wood headboard, floral throw pillows, navy blue door, lamp with red patterned lampshade.
Image Credit: Alex Reyto for Hunker

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.

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8. Vermillion Times a Million

vermillion color kitchen cabinets, terracotta tile floor, art painted on wall, corner built in dining space, textiles over dining table, modern chandelier, plants.
Image Credit: Jest Cafe

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?

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