Colors, Designs

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.