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Red, why red! Please help me!

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bellsandwhistles89 Sun 15-Oct-17 22:14:26

The other half has decide to paint his 'man cave' RED, we have decided that he can have the final say on the room colour so the red is staying but can anyone suggest a way of making it less... well... red. So less of a AIBU and more of a help me with the redness! Or if anyone has a red success story then please share images/stories to get me through.


ReggaetonLente Sun 15-Oct-17 22:16:14

Is he making himself a sex dungeon?

Larrytheleprechaun Sun 15-Oct-17 22:16:48

Break it up with black and white pictures? Does he like it or deem it too red?

LouHotel Sun 15-Oct-17 22:17:01

How red are we talking?

Aquamarine1029 Sun 15-Oct-17 22:24:42

Oh god. That will be dreadful and soooo tacky.

Aquamarine1029 Sun 15-Oct-17 22:25:16

Red accents would be SO much better. Maybe show him some examples?

lostfrequencies Sun 15-Oct-17 22:26:38

I totally misunderstood the first part of the first sentence and was a little shock

ILoveMillhousesDad Sun 15-Oct-17 22:28:35

Ooh not good. I remember my aunt painted her walls red and got a bit on the ceiling, so painted it red. We named it the murder room.

blankpieceofpaper Sun 15-Oct-17 22:29:00

some questions:

do you get a, um, ladycave?

could he not have red as a feature wall?

what is the size of the mancave?

what is the red?

Also, the Red Room is a Gothic short story about fear and terror etc, that could be used to dissuade the palette?!

hiphopcat Sun 15-Oct-17 22:29:03

What is his man cave?

The shed? The garage? A room in the house?

More info please. smile

SheSaidNoFuckThat Sun 15-Oct-17 22:29:05

My teenage DSs have a red bedroom, what's wrong with it?!?! They have black carpet with it and white paintwork

Willowy Sun 15-Oct-17 22:30:55

Grey with red accessories like a sofa or cushions of something possibly?

Aquamarine1029 Sun 15-Oct-17 22:31:57

What about a red accent wall?

Willowy Sun 15-Oct-17 22:32:27

This kind of thing

ErrolTheDragon Sun 15-Oct-17 22:32:27

Is he insisting on scarlet or pillar box red, or can you at least get it down to a wine red? Some of those can be perfectly fine.

whitehorsesdonotlie Sun 15-Oct-17 22:34:14

Our dining room used to be painted wine red, and it was gorgeous. So it is possible... Why is he going for red? What's the room like? How big? Does it have enough light? Why are you against red?

bridgetreilly Sun 15-Oct-17 22:35:37

If you get the right shade of red, it can be fine.
Something like this.

bridgetreilly Sun 15-Oct-17 22:36:33

Sorry that link should go to this image.

HolgerDanske Sun 15-Oct-17 22:37:12

Only one wall!! Really, I know accent walls are a bit meh these days, but a whole red room will be way too much.

myrtleWilson Sun 15-Oct-17 22:37:17

we had a red living room - can't recall exact name but it was a F&B deep red and worked really well in 1900 house....

EnriqueTheRingBearingLizard Sun 15-Oct-17 22:38:04

Start with why does he have a 'man cave' Hate that term by the way. What does he hope to achieve in it?


'RED. Physical
Positive: Physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival, 'fight or flight', stimulation, masculinity, excitement.
Negative: Defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain.

Being the longest wavelength, red is a powerful colour. Although not technically the most visible, it has the property of appearing to be nearer than it is and therefore it grabs our attention first. Hence its effectiveness in traffic lights the world over. Its effect is physical; it stimulates us and raises the pulse rate, giving the impression that time is passing faster than it is. It relates to the masculine principle and can activate the "fight or flight" instinct. Red is strong, and very basic. Pure red is the simplest colour, with no subtlety. It is stimulating and lively, very friendly. At the same time, it can be perceived as demanding and aggressive.'

It's going to make the space look smaller than it really is and promote aggressive feelings.

If he absolutely won't be swayed, can you swerve towards a more red-brown terracotta type shade? Or better a warm creamy beige background and then all the accessories in a browny brick red.

MrsPestilence Sun 15-Oct-17 22:38:35

Red is a traditional colour for dining rooms and the such. Dark red not poppy or pillar box.

QueenAmongstMen Sun 15-Oct-17 22:39:00

Just be glad you didn't get home from work one day to find DH had taken it upon himself to paint the dining room hot pink with a yellow feature wall....

My brother has got a red kitchen and it looks nice!!

Is his cave totally red with red accessories? Or just red walls? Bright red or blood red??

NoCanoe Sun 15-Oct-17 22:39:08

Study room was red. Deep red. Lovely.
It now changed , but I miss it.

SomewhatIdiosyncratic Sun 15-Oct-17 22:39:24

The DCs have a scarlet and white bedroom, two red, two white walls. Between light wood furniture and a neutral carpet, it's cosy but not overwhelming.

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