Friday, January 29, 2010

Red Power

Since Valentine’s Day is approaching, I started to think more about the color red. Red in interiors can evoke your senses, and can be very striking. I have used red around my house sparingly, mostly in paintings and accessories.

Red is a primary color that is associated with passion, love, fire, danger, and blood. Historically it represents triumph and royalty. Red is found in earth, berries, plants, and flowers. Imagine a garden that is full with red flowers- how exciting and powerful, it will certainly get your attention.

In designing interiors, red has been mostly used in dining areas to stimulate appetite, and in rooms with a northern exposure, to give the feeling of warmth.
Do you have a red room in your house?

Photo 1 Southern Accents on Color, photography Pieter Estersohn
Photo 2 photography Ivan Terestchenko
Photo 3 courtesy of House&Garden, designer Keith Irvine, photography Michael Mundy
Photo 4 courtesy of House&Garden, photography Michael Mundy
Photo 5 designer Kelly Wearstler, photography Grey Crawford
Photo 6 courtesy of
House Beautiful, photography Colleen Duffley
Photo 7 designer Alessandra Branca, photography Thibault Jeanson
Photo 8 designer Kelly Wearstler, photography Grey Crawford
Photo 9 courtesy of House Beautiful, designer Alessandra Branca, photography John Gould Bessler
Photo 10 designer Charles Faudree, photography Jenifer Jordan
Photo 11 courtesy of
Elle Décor, photography Pieter Estersohn


TTI said...

It's interesting, red is one of those colors that I really don't gravitate to; I have no red in my house or my wardrobe. I think it must come from having red hair!

So, because of this, I always enjoy a post that has a red theme because it is a novelty to me!

Sanity Fair said...

These are wonderful examples - I love red with pink and multi color (as in the large dining room painting above). My favorite red room? The White House Red Room! It's gorgeous!

DC by Design said...

The picture of the built-in bed with the red chinoiserie paper and linens -- I ripped that picture out of HB and it is in my "I want that!" folder. I did a huge double-take when I saw it on your blog -- I'm glad great minds think alike!

Picture of Elegance said...

The room makes a grand statement...

Mary said...

I'm so glad I found your blog. I can't wait to get into it and scroll down through the older post.

Picture of Elegance said...

Thank you for visiting Mary.


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