Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Chinese Red Paint Colors

A follower of Chinoiserie Chic has asked for help on paint colors to paint a library in Chinese red. She correctly points out that most reds are too dark or too orange. Red is a difficult color to get right. These two paint colors are perfect if you are looking for a great Chinese red. I have used and love both. The first three photos are Farrow & Ball Blazer 212. Not only is F & B the best paint anywhere period, this color is glorious! It is a fresh Chinese red that interior designers cannot get enough of.




Chili Pepper by Benjamin Moore 2004-20 shown in these next two photos is a really really really deep coral that is the ideal Chinese Red. The touch of pink in it makes it incredibly flattering and dramatic, especially at night when you are most often using a library.



Hope this helps-let me know how it turns out!


13 comments:

Cyn said...

We used BM's Deep Rose in our den in a glossy color and we love it - Always get the nicest compliments on the color! Worth a look into...

Style Redux 2 said...

Cyn-I will check it out-thanks!

Kitty said...

Nice! I love red bathrooms, and I am particularly enamored of the sconces in the last photo...are those wooden faucet knobs?!? Awesome!

Style Redux 2 said...

Kitty-That's a wonderful powder room. The faucets are marble.

Averill said...

Great choices! You're absolutely right: red IS tricky.

My old study was painted out in BM's Morroccan Red and I really liked it though it may be a bit more orange than your reader is going for (though I personally prefer red's to veer on the side of orange rather than blue as I REALLY dislike maroon).

Style Redux 2 said...

Averill-So right, stick to reds with orange, not blue. Maroon is so wrong.

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

I love the Farrow & Ball Blazer! Great color!

Style Redux 2 said...

Rebecca-Thanks for stopping by.

Theresa Cheek said...

Love.love the reds!! Thanks for the room shots as well....you are consistently entertaining!!

Style Redux 2 said...

Theresa-Thanks for stopping by. There are so many bad reds out there and these two are both wonderful.

ginab said...

Love these shots. Our living room is in BM Hawthorn yellow and I want to paint shutters or a small furniture piece in a Chinese Red. Which of the two suggestions would be best. The Chili pepper? What about a Chinese lacquer red?

Style Redux 2 said...

Ginab-These are both great Chinese reds. Take your pick.

Unknown said...

Silk Lining by Martha Stewart for Glidden is the best Vintage Vamp Chinese Red Color, in my opinion.