Use red in smaller doses
While all of the walls in our feature room have been painted red, you don’t necessarily have to follow suit. In a smaller, less formal dining space you could paint just the focal wall red. Use a coordinating colour on the secondary walls that will compliment and support the strong focal colour. A pastel yellow secondary wall might not cut it, for instance. A rich golden yellow, however, could be spectacular.
By painting only the focal wall in red, you are using the technique of colour blocking. This practice will give you the splash of vibrant colour you want but won’t overwhelm the room or the senses. This technique can work in many situations. For example, you could have a red focal wall at the head of the bed because you won’t see it when