We are surrounded by colors, and with them being part of our everyday spaces and moods, we strive to find perfect harmony with the colors in our lives. As design trends come and go picking a color can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. We’ll be taking more analytical approaching and looking into a bit of the science of colors to help you perfect any palette. This month, we're looking at the color red.
The color red has always been associated with passion and courage, and with February being the month of love, it felt fitting to talk about. Red represents energy and passion, symbolizing action and confidence.
Red is a primary color, and was the first basic color term added to languages after black and white. From bright cherry to deep scarlet, there are some 40 shades of red! When talking about the color red it's impossible not to mention the legendary Vogue fashion editor Diana Vreeland (1903-1989), who famously told Park Avenue interior designer Billy Baldwin in 1955 that she wanted her living room to “look like a garden, but a garden in hell". Red evokes drama and can be revealing, but the energy it brings can make any room sing.
How to use the color Red
Red captures attention, think fire engines, the red carpet or stop signs. Which explains why it's one of the most visible colors, second only to yellow. Which means using red in your home will have the same effect. Use this bold hue with confidence and people will take note.
To create a more calming effect, incorporating one of red's shades, pink, will do the trick. "Red is the great clarifier and adds sharpness and strength; it is the masculine counterpart to pink’s femininity," says Interior Designer, Miles Redd, in Architecture Digest. "It is the yin to the yang, and gives a balance."