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East or West, Red Says Romance

crawford sofa room setting chow table white orchid

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.

red chest with wing chair, lamp and sailboat pic

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.

dynasty box on stand

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.

lark chaise scarlet fabric

Ruby or scarlet, chenille or velvet, there’s just nothing like a languid chaise to create a comfortable atmosphere. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

oriental furn.com Ming-style vase lamp

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!

red asian cabinet

Visual drama and a well-traveled air are easy to achieve with a Chinese red cabinet like this. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

asian twodooronedrawer hall chest

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.

asian hall chest close up with ginger jar

red wine with black trim sectional

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.

etsy chiccaninecoutour dog red satin bow tie

Dress your most cuddly companion for Valentine festivities in a fancy red satin bow tie. Photo: Etsy.

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