Richmond Ave., Union

Red is always a tricky color. Because it is so strong and so dominant in most settings, many furnishings won’t work with it. Wrong shades look very wrong. However, when used correctly, it will add a lot of interest to a space. This large home in Union was ideal for a cherry red accent wall. The main living area was an open plan, and most of the colors were neutral, except for the bright red countertop. We color-matched the countertop, and used it on the main wall that spread from the dining area through the kitchen. The other walls were just repainted to a warmer shade of off-white.

Homeowner comment: “This is just what I’ve always wanted: A bright, cheerful color in the kitchen to show some of my personality.”