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Seeing Red at Home

No, that title does not refer to getting into arguments with your spouse. We are here today to discuss the colour red. We recently needed to repaint a couple rooms in our home and I wanted to try something different. We had previously been quite conservative in our design choices, but I was feeling that it was time to be a little daring.

Red is not a colour people often associate with home decor, but it definitely has its place. When people wear red, you notice. It can be quite sensual to look at and is a colour often associated with sex. Now, that doesn’t mean turning your home into the red light district, but red can also add a degree of energy and flare. That’s what I was hoping for when I started investigating various red shades for our den and guest room.

People sometimes complain that red feels overpowering; it can be. However, like any shade, you should keep in mind the effect you’re going for, as well as the contents of the room. I didn’t want a paint colour that seemed oppressive; I just wanted to enhance a part of our home that has felt rather drab.

In addition to being eye-catching, red is a wonderful colour for adding contrast. If you have China you wish to showcase, putting them in front of a red background really makes the ivory coloured hue of the dishes pop.

I understand the trouble involved in choosing a new colour and then finding out it doesn’t work for you. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly. However, I really felt the need to stretch our design boundaries and I think red is just the accent we need to add some new character.

If barn red seems like too much, you can always try Pagoda Red, which most people feel is more brownish than crimson.

How Much Does Room Colour Affect Your Mood?

Many people agonize over the colours they choose for their home. Be it the drapes, rugs, or walls, the colours we choose can have a tremendous affect on how we feel. Don’t forget that for most people, home is where they will be spending the majority of their time. It’s one thing to deal with a drab and less than ideal atmosphere at work, but to come home to a colour scheme that makes you sad, nervous, or anxious is not good for your physical or mental health.

Must admit that I am one of those people who take forever trying to choose a colour scheme. I will look at colour samples until my eyes hurt, but it is worth the time invested: my home needs to be a sanctuary away from the real world and how it looks is very important in maintaining that illusion.

Don’t worry about trends. The paint you choose for your home should last for years, while trends change almost annually. Pick what feels right for you and your family because you will be the ones living there.

Colours can establish mood and the three go-to colour themes are passive, neutral, and active. Do you have a room that is your favourite for relaxing? Blue is a good choice here. Green is also a hue that is known for helping one to relax.

Red is an active, energetic colour. Use it for areas where people congregate to talk and have fun, like the living room or rec room.

Neutral colours like white, grey, and brown are good for areas like the kitchen, where you are there to do some work, but it should also not feel like WORK work.

Some friends looking to repaint their house have asked for recommendations; I was particularly impressed with the professionalism of this company, which did an excellent job adding new life to my parents’ 19th century home.