Bright blooms blanket ‘Kramer’s Red’ winter heath from winter into early spring. Plants have needle-like, evergreen leaves and grow to 12 inches tall and 36 inches wide. Use heath as a groundcover, or pair it with conifers for an eye-catching contrast. Heath grows in rocky soil and is low maintenance once established. Hardy in Zones 6-8.
Red maple (Acer rubrum) is beloved for its red flowers that blanket the tree in spring, opening before leaves appear. Summer leaf color is a steady green. Autumn triggers a color show with varying shades of red, from brilliant to deep burgundy. ‘Autumn Spire’ red maple is an upright, narrow accent tree that embodies the traditional beauty of red maple in a size that fits any yard. Trees grow 50 feet tall and 20 to 25 feet wide. They’re drought tolerant once established and also withstand flooding. Developed by the University of Minnesota, this maple holds its own where winter thermometer readings linger below zero. Expect trees to live 80 to 100 years. Hardy in Zones 3-6.
The overall color look is neutral with pops of bold color creating a modern feel for the design. The red-toned wood of the dresser pops agains the gray-toned hardwood floor and beige wall coloring. Red flowers and a black spiked sphere compliment the tones in the area rug with gold wall embellishments traveling upward to fill the empty wall space.
When interior designer Linda Woodrum set about designing this guest bedroom for HGTV Dream Home 2009, she envisioned a cozy, lived-in space with walls painted a peaceful shade of buttercream and a bed blanketed in heirloom-style fabrics. To balance the old-fashioned feel, jolts of color, interesting texture combinations and bold patterns, including paisley and check, were used to ramp up the room's energy.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to transform your outdoor seating spaces for fall use is to add throw blankets. Since the temperature can take a dip once the sun goes down, cozy blankets will help keep guests warm as they stick around into the evening.
In spare spaces you can afford to do a bit of bold pattern. You can even mix and match, as long as there is some unifying element. In this room, it’s the vibrant red found in both the blankets and stuffed animals.
This outdoor living room has plenty of personality in it's colorful design featuring a wood burning fireplace, Spanish tile floor, and yellow walls. A red striped rug, yellow striped throw blanket, and red striped accent pillows add color and pattern to the space. The yellow walls display colorful scenic art and southwestern decor lit by the sun shining through above the wooden beams.
Outdoor dining is easy and breezy in this outdoor dining area of the backyard. A string of bistro lights above the table lets the party go on after dark while red and white blankets add a touch of softness and warmth after the sun sets.
A seating area by the dresser was created by pairing a gray accent chair with an arching floor lamp. A cozy tartan throw blanket on the chair adds warmth for chilly nights. Red banding on the room’s floor-to-ceiling drapes adds a nice pop of color to the space.
In this living space from designer Elizabeth P. Clarke, aream leather chair is accented with a red pillow in front of a glass hallway. Tips from the designer: Lighting is a fabulous way to create a focal point, and pillows or throw blankets on a sofa can transform a bland couch into a centerpiece of a room.
Since bedrooms are not usually as large as common areas, try to keep your holiday accent colors to a minimum. Avoiding overuse of color will keep the look from becoming overwhelming. Here, medium and dark reds were used to update the neutral furniture with the simple addition of throw pillows and blankets.
A little boy needs lots of space to play and plenty of nooks to keep all those toys. This room keeps the middle of the room open for play space with storage around the perimeter. The window sill and wooden desk provide elevated storage and extra work space. A blue accent wall is complemented by a blue area rug and striped red and blue blanket.
"The peach hyacinth is all about a timid subtlety and gentle beauty that Casey mainly interprets through a treatment to simulate the look of watercolor applied to the bedroom walls. Her translation is successful," said HGTV Design Star judge Vern Yip. The striped blanket and upholstered headboard add darker blue complements to the walls, and the red throw pillows add a splash of accent color to this transitional bedroom.
Large white flowers cover Hyperion dogwood in early spring. Hyperion hails from the dogwood breeding team at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The over-size blooms nearly overlap to blanket the tree in white. Flowers fade to form red, strawberry-like fruits that birds love. Fall color offers a medley of hues: purple, gold and orange. Expect this dogwood to reach its mature size of 20 feet tall and wide in roughly 20 years. Hardy in Zones 6-9.
If impatiens are your go-to favorite for shade gardens, check out double impatiens like the Rockapulco series, including Appleblossom (above). Double impatiens unfurl rose-like blooms that blanket plants all summer long. There’s no need to remove spent flowers, and plants never need trimming, unless you want to do so to maintain a certain size. Plants flower best in full to part shade. Look for Rockapulco varieties with blossoms in shades of orange, orchid, purple, red and white. Plants grow 10 to 20 inches tall and 12 to 24 inches wide.