February 4, 2009
“A room without red is like a woman without lipstick.” I heard this statement more times than I care to mention from a teacher I had in interior design school. Since I have quoted it here, obviously the statement made a lasting impression. The color red is associated with passion, love, blood, luck, fire, heat, anger and power. You cannot help but react to seeing the color red, which is why it is used so often in advertising, fast cars, stop signs and red ink. It is considered good luck to paint a front door red. Restaurants use the color red for its physiological effect of stimulating the brain and the appetite.
Painting the color red on walls makes an intense design statement. Dining rooms are a good place to paint the walls red, cranberry or vermilion. When used with the other primary colors of blue and yellow youthful color schemes are often created. The classic complementary scheme of red and green is what we are accustomed to seeing at Christmastime. Red pairs well with other warm colors of yellow and orange. Roll out your red carpet, put away the red flag, get red hot and ready to see more red.
By: Charisse Marie Colbert, CMC Design Studio