Evoke Asian flair with touches of Chinese red and black, a long-blooming orchid plant, and a Chinese chow-style cocktail table. Photos: Sam Moore Furniture and Hooker Furniture.
From both sides of the globe, there are two fun reasons to celebrate the romance of red: February 8 is Chinese New Year, and February 14 is Valentine’s Day.
On the home front, red furniture has been an East-West classic since Chinese-inspired (chinoiserie) designs enchanted European royalty hundreds of years ago.
Chinese inspiration can be dramatic or subtle, but it’s always at home in American rooms, especially with other timeless classics like this modern lamp and traditional wing chair. Photo: Hooker Furniture and Bradington-Young Furniture.
In fact, interior designers have always relied on accents from the Far East and Middle East to bring together modern and traditional Western styles.
This decorative box is inspired by lacquerware from the Tang dynasty in China from about 600 to 900 AD. It stands on barley-twist legs, a style that came to England from Moorish Spain in the 1600s. Photo: Hooker Furniture
Red brings warmth and richness to any scene.
Ruby or scarlet, chenille or velvet, there’s just nothing like a languid chaise to create a comfortable atmosphere. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.
This lamp with a base in the style of a Ming Dynasty vase adds a warm accent to any room. Photo: Orientalfurniture.com.
So, let’s invite good luck and romance to the new year this February with some heart-lifting statements in red!
Visual drama and a well-traveled air are easy to achieve with a Chinese red cabinet like this. Photo: Hooker Furniture.
To create a well-traveled, traditional look, accessorize with Chinese-style furniture and porcelain accents. It’s been popular since England began regular trade with “the Orient.” Photos: Hooker Furniture.
Do a little lounging together on this comfy wine-red sectional–with or without the kids, dogs, etc. For a fresh look, add antiqued silver accents for subtle glimmer and Asian simplicity with a tall display of pussy willow branches. Photo: Hooker Furniture.
She’s da bombe! The bombe style, born in France, is even more eye-catching with a Chinese red finish. How romantic can you get? Photo: Hooker Furniture.
Having a big Valentine buffet or an intimate dinner for two? A gorgeous French brocade tablecloth in your favorite shade of red is a brilliant start. Photo: Garnier Thibaut at Yvone-Estelles.com.
Dress your most cuddly companion for Valentine festivities in a fancy red satin bow tie. Photo: Etsy.