With the approach of Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and of course given its our corporate colour of choice I thought it would be most fitting to talk about the colour Red!
Of all the colours in the spectrum, red instantly demands our attention. We see it most often on signage where the red font or graphics warn us of danger. It is decidedly not everyone’s colour of choice; in fact, some of us shy away from it and some of us would never contemplate wearing it and would feel uncomfortable living with it. Personally I love the colour red, I love how it energizes and invigorates. Yes, red is definitely not for the faint hearted as it packs a punch!
We traditionally associate red as the colour of love and passion and spend lavishly on red roses for that special someone on Valentine’s Day. Theatre seats are invariably red velvet, which adds that dash of opulence and heightens the atmosphere, feeding our sense of drama. Red heightens our senses, because it can energise and invigorate us, and a little can go a long way…
One of the difficulties in using red in domestic spaces, is its tendency to be overpowering. It instantly draws attention to itself. Bearing this in mind, it is important to know where, when and how to incorporate this bold and dynamic colour to best effect in interior design. For example, I love this kitchen – it’s the perfect shade of paprika, balanced by the black hood and range. Neither one fights the other and only serves to compliment. Or do the reverse and just opt for a red hob, a stand out element all on its own. Another alternative, make the cabinetry the wow factor, opt for chilli red and pare down the rest of the interior.
Red is timeless – and it can feel rustic, traditional or contemporary – depending on the shade and application, so it has a myriad of uses in residential interiors. If you are feeling bold, it can deliver a stunning effect on living room walls.
A dining room, if mostly used at night, offers dramatic possibilities with a generous use of red on lacquered walls or sumptuous red velvet curtains at the windows.
If however, you are not up for a challenge, red is the ideal accent colour, so you can test the waters by using it in small spaces, such as a guest bathroom or an eye-catching bright red front door! After all the Chinese believe that a red door welcomes good fortune into the house.
It can add warmth to a colour scheme of cool blue and white by way of accessories such as cushions, throws and lamp bases or as a special item of furniture – a leather armchair or occasional chair.
However, red is a hue that can evoke a number of strong emotions, so use it judiciously in a bedroom as it can be overwhelming in the room that should traditionally be restful and calming and offer tranquility.
Through the ages, red lipstick has symbolized glamour and vitality and is a confidence statement that never goes out of style. Come to think of it, neither does a fabulous pair of red shoes!
Of course, we cannot overlook the fact that red is a revered colour in many cultures. To the Chinese, it represents luck, good fortune and joy and is the colour of happiness. To Hindus, it symbolizes happiness and is therefore used to garb a bride at her wedding.
So on this note, I’m going to end this blog here and in keeping with the Chinese culture wishing you Gong Xi Fa Cai and may the Year of the Dog bring you much prosperity, luck and happiness. Woof Woof 🙂