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DESIGN TIPS Brighten tired rooms

Published: Mon, February 17, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.

Well-known interior designers and decorators offer a variety of hints for using a splash of red to brighten rooms.

Marjory Segal

Give old kitchen chairs a lift with a true, energetic red, like Benjamin Moore Vermilion (No. 2002-10).

Add fresh red binding to a worn sisal rug.

Use red pleater tape on white wooden blinds.

Camille Saum

Toss a single red leather pillow on a white sofa in an all-white room.

Carolyn Wilson

Line up five silver julep cups filled with red flowers on the mantel.

Try Pottery Barn's red "Farm House Bench" at the foot of a twin bed, in the hall or in the family room as a crayon-proof coffee table.

Bud Yeck

A pair of lacquered red tables instead of the usual coffee table in front of the sofa.

Dress a chandelier with bright red shades.

Pamela Gaylin Ryder

Cover the back of a bookcase in red flannel.

Pick a red cashmere throw with chocolate trim.

Put a shiny red glaze on the outside of a claw-foot tub.

Victor Shargai

A big glass or crystal bowl of the reddest apples you can find, or a plate with two perfect red apples on the coffee table.

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