Conventional wisdom says to use red as an accent color because it's too intense and attention grabbing in large amounts. But choose a softer hue, and it's great for spaces where the family gathers.
This sitting room and library are painted with an ochre shade, Benjamin Moore's Claret Rose
, that's cheerful without being overwhelming. Trim painted Benjamin Moore's Guilford Green
, the shade opposite red on the color wheel—creates a convivial atmosphere.