Looking for a new favorite hue for fall decorating? Consider the rich, red color of crimson. Deep and vivid, and darker than ordinary reds, crimson may have a touch of blue or a smudge of rusty brown, but it’s always bold and sultry. As you can see from our Captivating Crimson: Home Accents Styleboard — and from our four decorating ideas below — crimson is a striking choice for accent items such as area rugs, wall art, ottomans, and throw pillows that adds a burst of sensual color to any season’s decor.
4 Ideas for a Crimson Fall
Crimson’s ancient history can be traced to India and Persia, where the insect Kermes vermilio was used to dye silks and rugs. The name crimson comes from the Sanskrit word kirmidja, meaning produced by a worm. Though purple owns the reputation for royalty, crimson’s uses have been equally as magnificent, including the cloaks of 15th-century Catholic cardinals and the coronation mantle of the Holy Roman Emperor.
More relevant for contemporary tastes is crimson’s historic use in tapestries and textiles, which inspired our first choice: this beautifully designed and thickly textured area rug. Power loomed with 100% New Zealand wool, it features an abstract crimson and white pattern that evokes leafy chandeliers, a unique choice for outdoor-minded autumn decorating.
For prominent tasks like lighting, a color as rich as crimson deserves an equally dramatic form. This shapely table lamp uses natural materials and glossy finishes to complement its body of hand-blown crimson glass, including a silver-sheened fabric drum shade and a base of ebony-lacquered wood.
Crimson excels at coloring around the edges, but sometimes there’s no substitute for a bold statement of undiluted color. This microfiber-upholstered sofa puts solid crimson at the center of your color scheme, with a relaxed transitional style that won’t overwhelm the room.
Though crimson’s a sensual, passionate color, it can be put to playful purposes too. Handcrafted from 100% organic cotton flannel decorated with soft felt appliques, this eco-friendly pillow from Balanced Design suggests autumn leaves falling through the imagination of artist Jean Miro.
– Joshua Avram, guest blogger