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Red is a bold and commanding colorway for any piece of furniture but particularly for the largest piece in the living room: the couch. In this gallery of 40 inspirational modern home interiors, we take a look at how to decorate living room with red couch. We’ll discover how to create balance with such a vibrant element and ways in which to complement the aesthetic. This collection of living room designs illustrates striking decor schemes that build dark drama around a red sofa, light lounge areas with uplifting impact, red-infused rustic interiors, boho-style sitting rooms, and contemporary minimalist layouts with colorful wow factor.
Fashion a color-blocked landing spot. Situate a red sectional sofa around the edges of a red living room rug in a cozy conversational arrangement. Finish the ensemble with a red coffee table at the center of the space to create one solid color block.
Elevate your statement sofa with color-matched wall art. This approach is particularly effective with oversized pieces of art in a high-ceilinged home.
Make it fun. Instead of neutralizing the vibrancy of your statement sofa, layer on even more color with rainbow scatter cushions and an equally fun living room rug.
A red couch is a perfect choice for rooms with a lush landscape view. The red colorway provides rich contrast with a green panorama.
Dilute your bright red accent into a soft pink feature wall. Taking inspiration from the red sofa design in this living room, a diluted pink gallery wall has been fashioned. A large area rug ties in with the punchy black and white prints.
Choose a boxy modular sofa to create an abstract living room design. Add stark black accent pieces to outline and anchor the scheme, and a splash of metallic gold for a luxurious final touch.
Elevate a red couch upon a platform floor to fashion a floating island of color. This example creates an explosion of color within a raw industrial setting.
Complement a red couch with a feature wall of color-matched pattern. Add green botanical contrast to conjure boho vibes.
Follow the leader. Let your red sofa lead the decor palette as the strongest piece in a predominantly white room. The living room rug and wall art should contain fine details in the same hue whilst keeping the impact light.
Wine red sofas offer a rich infusion of color that is easily balanced by muted blush tones and warm beige backdrops.
Another wine red couch living room, this time surrounded by champagne gold accents for a flash of luxe.
Balance out your red sofa with an equally colorful counterpart, like this red curved sofa and yellow tufted couch pairing.
In this red curved sofa living space, a gray counterpart creates a dark mirror image across a round rug.
All-in color zoning. The sofa, rug, artwork, and wall color all pool together to make a riot of red that zones this living room area from an equally color-blocked yellow bedroom space.
Add nuggets of complementary color. These recessed shelving nooks offer a fun opportunity for painting splashes of matching red paintwork around a statement sofa.
Use red couches to shape a warm border. Large living rooms will benefit from the cozy color-banding of three matching red sofas arranged in a U-shaped layout. In this living room, a neat runner and red decorative vases are utilized to complete a full circuit.
Pattern a red couch living room with pulses of matching color.
Roll with red retro vibes.
In this red couch boho living room, mixed tapestries create a rich density of pattern.
Let the red decor theme flow from a red couch in tonal variations, like this beautiful patchwork rug design.
Use a red couch to place interest at the end of a long narrow space.
A muted red couch makes a grounding element for a busy eclectic living room.
Set up special moments around your red couch in a matching color tone. In this home, a patterned red backsplash and feature shelving make a small kitchen pop.
Write your own color story. A dual-color sectional sofa arrangement gives you the opportunity to get creative with your living space. Use colorful shelf inserts to complement the look.
Neutralize a large red couch or a line of multiple red sofas with a counterbalancing gray or beige counterpart. Tie the two together by placing a simple red throw or accent cushion on the neutral seating.
Add a rush of rainbow stripes. A vertically striped wall behind this low, red tufted sofa design helps draw the eye up.
Muted red and green sofas make a mellow mix.
Choose red electrical wiring for a statement lighting piece to draw the couch color outwards.
Raw concrete makes a cooling base for a bespoke red couch design, as illustrated in this aesthetic living room.
Add bonus black elements to give your red living room scheme visual weight.
Wall paint with a whisper of gray provides a subtly shaded base for bright accent furniture.
Even a small sofa makes a big impact under a dark red hue. Pool the color underneath with a matching round rug.
A black living room receives a burst of energy from a modern red sofa design.
Another black and red living room design, this time with a classic Chesterfield sofa design.
Build layers of warmth with red accents behind the living room sofa.
Solid red upholstery helps anchor a central seating spot.
Create a cozy corner with an L-shaped red couch, a color-matched curtain, and a perpendicular stripe of red wall paint.
Sprinkle red accents throughout an open plan living space to complement your sofa.
Dark red sofas gain a gothic spirit amongst opulent black and gilded decor.
A conversation pit makes an uber cozy landing spot for family and friends, which is only enhanced by the vibrancy of red upholstery. Add a wide assortment of scatter cushions to achieve a relaxed look.
For more inspirational color palette ideas, check out our book of 100 Beautiful Palettes that comes inside our comprehensive Dream Home Kit.