Last month we took a deeper look at how wall color can affect your mood. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it’d be fitting to explore ways to incorporate the color red into your home. As you may already know, red is known as a powerful color. It’s a highly visible color associated with strength and passion. This is exactly why things of importance are colored in red, such as stop signs and fire safety equipment. This vivid color allows things to be instantly noticed and most times evoke an action. Keep in mind that when you use you don’t only promote feelings of passion and happiness. It can also stimulate feelings of anger and frustration, so when incorporating reds, less is more. To find the perfect balance of reds in your home, consider these tips.
Before deciding on what to change in your home, consider the different hues you can choose from. Dark reds such as wine and burgundy provide an elegant effect, which is perfect for dining rooms and study rooms. Be careful, as darker hues can create an unwelcoming, cave-like feeling. I recommend starting out small, experiment with darker hues on your decor before committing to walls. On the other hand, lighter hues such as pink symbolize cheer, love, and friendship. If you think pink is only limited to little girl’s rooms, you’re sadly mistaken! Adding touches of pink to your home can easily break up monotone rooms and counterbalance other colors.
Using too much red can be counterproductive. No one wants to feel like they’re living in a tomato. The easiest and most effective way to introduce red into your space is through red accents. Rather than making red the central theme of your space, allow it to complement it instead. For instance, painting one wall of a room. This design can be risky, but when done right it can create a playful and warm atmosphere. Another way you can use red to create focal points is through your heavy furniture, such as tables and sofas. Before attempting this, make sure the rest of your room stays fairly neutral to avoid clashing of colors.
If you’re not willing to spend hundreds on new furniture, using red accessories is a great way to refresh your current furniture. Not only does it provide a new feeling to your furniture, but it can be effortlessly stylish. I recommend practicing this by applying reds to couch pillows, light fixtures, and plants. One other way to effectively incorporate reds is through an area rug. Rugs are a great way to bring in color and tie in other accessories, no matter what your decor is.
Incorporating reds may seem ambitious and at times far-fetched, but when done right it can seriously improve the design and feel of your home. If you’re ready to take the plunge, please keep these tips in mind. Were there any important tips that we missed? Let us know on our Facebook page, and don’t forget to share your projects with us!