A red and black aesthetic could be considered quite masculine.

To bring out its feminine side I created this mood board using some really tactile materials.

Materials

A combination of velvets, silks, and leathers add softness to this scheme. Ideally these materials would be used for lush upholstery, full-bodied curtains, and a mountain of scatter cushions!

The colours and patterns complement each other perfectly.

Accessories

I love the ornate candlesticks. I can picture them on a mantlepiece in front of a large antiqued glass mirror. The flickering light would create a calm and warming atmosphere.

I used this colour palette to style a bathroom recently.

By adding a candelabra, an oversized flower arrangement, and some personal trinkets, the room was transformed into a romantic haven.

Vibe

Whilst a red and black aesthetic might conjure up romance it might just as easily conjure up drama.

This black room is brought to life with the addition of the plush red velvet sofa. The black chandelier is the real showstopper here.

Red velvet sofa set against a black background
Red velvet sofa set against a black background

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

A more muted scheme is ideal for a bedroom. Once again tactile fabrics are used. The padded headboard and quilted throw just make you want to dive right into this bed.

Grey bed with red accessories
Grey bed with red accessories

Floor to ceiling black painted tongue and groove give this bathroom a truly nordic vibe. Coupled with the sleek lines of the bathtub and striking colours of the towel rails it is very understated and chic.

White bath set against black tongue and groove with red ladder
White bath set against black tongue and groove with red ladder

Cinema room

A red and black aesthetic is a classic colour scheme for a cinema.

Banks of seating in a commercial cinema
Seating in a commercial cinema

Whether it is a commercial venue or a private room these colours work very successfully together.

Home cinema with grey chairs set against a red wall
Home cinema with grey chairs set against a red wall

What do you think? Is this a colour scheme that works for you? These images demonstrate its versatility. The choice of materials, shades, and shapes will inform the look and feel.

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