Representing passion, fertility, anger, blood and energy, no other colour evokes as many emotions as red.  Some people might be attracted to the energy of red, while others find red too alarming and intense.  The Chinese consider red the colour of happiness and good luck, while North Americans associate red more with danger and emergency.

If you are passionate about red, you might tend to overdo it in your home.  Red is such an energising colour, that the over use of it can easily become furious and intense.  The idea, when using red, is to entice, intrigue and invite, not to feel as if you’ve been clubbed over the head with it! There are many shades of red, from faded rose to deep burgundy.  With the right shade in the right place, red can be used almost anywhere.

Let’s take a look at a few examples of how red has been used in an appropriate way.

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The position of a colour in a space has to be carefully considered, as it has a significant impact on the psychological effect of the colour.  To give you an example, a burgundy rug on the floor will feel regal, solid and inviting, but the same colour on the ceiling, will look heavy, disturbing and intrusive.

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Adding an area rug like a kilim or Oriental carpet, is a great way to bring in colour, regardless of décor.  It lifts a monochromatic living space and picks up colour throughout with a few well placed accessories.

Adding a conversation starter, like a red sofa to your living room, might be the key to a companionable vibe when having a get together with friends. As it is also an excellent choice for hiding red wine stains, I can’t think of a better option for a living area.

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To inject a burst of colour into your dining room, cherry red chairs might be the way to go. It is also the colour that stimulates appetite and blood flow (no appetite enhancer in my house needed, thank you very much). Just make sure that you don’t overdo it with an overabundance of other red accessories.  Sometimes less is more…

To make a sitting area come alive, adding a deep crimson table or chair might be just the thing to finish it off.   

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Red has a fantastic way to neutralise cooler colours like greens and blues, lending a real sense of warmth to the room.  It’s a great way to add life and energy to a lifeless and uninviting space.  To introduce red into a room, do it by adding throw cushions, flowers and vases as accents.  Red is extremely eye catching, so it anchors the observer’s attention to an area of the room or highlights a more stunning part of the room.  It is believed that red backgrounds increase the attractiveness and desirability of someone standing in front of it.   My friends are all extremely attractive, so I’ve left my walls white! 

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Before you try to go too bold, make sure your space can handle it.  High ceilings, lots of natural light in combination with a few muted colours could help tone it down. 

Don’t forget to send in a photo of your bold and beautiful red decor!

Cheerio ’til next time!

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