Sensual ruby red decorating ideas

Red is the colour to use to add instant grown up glamour to your bedroom

Bold, confident and glamorous, red makes a strong statement in the bedroom. Whether you’re thinking of accessorising with red or making it the main feature of your décor, it is a shade that cannot be ignored. We show you how it can be used in traditional and modern décor. Take a look at how ruby red can be used to make a real impact with our 10 best decorating schemes.

Paint one wall a ruby red and it will contrast beautifully with a stark white. Dress the bed with crisp white bedlinen and add a red satin throw and place a pile of cushions on the bed in clashing tones of pillar-box red and plum to add to the vibrancy. Go for a large gilded mirror to add to the luxurious feel of the bedroom and team with a chandelier.

For a sensual accent to the bedroom, team wood tones and deep reds together. A sleigh bed in walnut looks wonderful as a centerpiece to a room with neutral walls and carpet – married together with burgundy red cushions and a burgundy feature wall.

A modern use of ruby red can be achieved through the use of red geometric wallpaper set against a bed with a clashing orange-and-red checked pattern. Team this standout look with fresh white bedlinen and a neutral carpet so it does not become too garish.

Create a wonderful Baroque sumptuousness to your bedroom by teaming red and gold together. Use richly coloured fabric as wall panels and layer with a floral silk bedspread with a Baroque design, married with rich floor-to-ceiling pelmeted curtains. Choose for a ruby red carpet with a rich pile to add to the luxurious decadence of the bedroom.

For a stark modern bedroom, against a black backdrop introduce ruby red accessories. Red and cream marries together fantastically, for example a wooden headboard against white walls, or team a ruby red throw with grey bedlinen for a gorgeous visual contrast.

1/10 Alluring ruby bedroom

bedroom with side table and red cushions

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Bold, confident, glamorous, red makes really makes a statement in the bedroom. Here, throw, cushion and accessories mirror the ruby hue of the walls, creating a rich, luscious look.

DebenhamsFarrow & Ball

2/10 Chic red bedroom

bedroom with wooden ceiling beams and ruby coloured walls

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A red feature wall adds instant visual appeal to this otherwise neutral bedroom, creating a chic but restful environment. Choose a ruby throw and cushions with red accents to echo the theme throughout the room.

Barker & Stonehouse
The White Company
Cushions and throws

3/10 Lavish red bedroom

bedroom with red wall and chandelier

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Red walls and cushions combine with a gilded mirror, a chandelier and carved furniture to give this room a sense of traditional opulence. Choose neutral curtains and bedlinens to offset the scheme.


Craig & Rose

4/10 Red geometric bedroom

bedroom with white flooring and table lamp

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Geometric patterns give a contemporary dimension to this bedroom, with its colourful red and orange palette. Pair with white bedlinens and a neutral carpet to prevent it becoming garish.


GP&J Baker
Fabric covering bed

5/10 Baroque red-and-gold bedroom

bedroom with curtains and fabric wall panels

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A rich palette of red and gold gives this room a sumptuous look reminiscent of the Baroque era. Everything is designed to build on the grandeur: the layered curtains with their gilt pelmets, the unusual fabric wall panels, the plush ruby carpet and lavish bedspread and cushions (both made with a Dunelm Mill fabric).

Curtain and bedding fabric
Dunelm Mill

6/10 Black-and-red bedroom

bedroom with furniture and cushions

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If an all-out red scheme sounds like too much for you, try using red accent for instant glamour. Here, the cushions, accessories and ruby splashes in the black wallpaper create a striking counterpoint to the black furniture in this sophisticated, grown up bedroom.

Ladder bookcase


7/10 Stylish red-and-cream bedroom

bedroom with wooden headboard and ceiling windows

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Colour contrast is the key to this bedroom's stunning look. The rich red and purple hues of the throw and cushion lift the neutral scheme of walls and flooring and help showcase the dark, beautifully ornate headboard.

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John Lewis
Laura Ashley

8/10 Elegant red bedroom

bedroom with wooden flooring and white walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/Roland Paschhoff)

The elegant fabrics and striking ruby details turn this simple bedroom into a sophisticated sanctuary. Pair with grey and black bedlinen for a gorgeous visual contrast.

Chair fabric
Designers Guild
Bed linen
John Lewis

9/10 Bedroom with red accents

bedroom with white wall and cream velvet headboard

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A lavish red velvet throw really lifts up the muted colour scheme of this neutral bedroom and contrasts pleasantly with the sage green cushions.

Living in Space
Patterned fabric
Osborne and Little

10/10 Bedroom with red details

bedroom with red velvet cushion

(Image credit: Future PLC/Tim Young)

A chaise longue with red accents provides not only a great place to relax but also a natural visual focus for your bedroom. Continue the theme with cushions, throw and rugs in different shades of red and pink.

Chaise and cushion
William Yeoward

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.