Fabric and home decor: interesting color combinations

When I was a kid one of my favorite jokes was “What is black and white and red all over?’  and the answer was “a newspaper”!  I would literally roll on the floor every time I told this joke.  ( I was easy to please)  Well now I find myself looking at photos of interior spaces and asking myself that same question only the punch line is different.  What is black and white and red all over?  These beautifully designed rooms…..could you live with this color combination?

This country style room designed by looking too sweet via House Beautiful is easy on the eyes even with a vibrant color combination such as black and white and red.  I could sleep here!

Candice Olsen never lets us down and this family room is vibrant and energetic.  I could live here as well!

via HGTV

Not so sure I could live with this black and white and red striped entryway.  It is lovely but the stripes are a bit circus like for my personal taste.  What do you think?

And just to prove that good taste never goes out of style, this room was designed by Dorothy Draper in her heyday and, along with the color combination, I see many current trends i.e. insect artwork, mirrors, large lamps and metal furniture.


So tell me, is this a color combination you might introduce into your home?  Also, feel free to use my joke any time you like but I cannot guarantee it will result in the uproarious laughter I thought it did.