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I’m in the Mood for Red!

February is the perfect month for taking up with the color red.  Valentine’s Day and love are often celebrated with red roses and red boxes full of chocolates, right?!  But what other emotions does red evoke?  Red is an energizing color, strong and powerful, and full of drama.  Red is thought to increase heart rate and appetite (think about all the restaurants that use red!).  And red can be very stimulating when used in large amounts.

So how do you introduce such a powerful color into your home?  It’s really a question of how bold you’d like to go…..a full blown red room or just a drop or two of red accents?  If you have a color phobia, start your design with drops and expand when you are comfortable.  However, if you’re in love with color then take the plunge and and go all out with a fabulous red!

TOUCHES OF RED

A small dose of bold red can be a very exciting decor tool.  Combined with a sunny yellow, a classic white, or a soft gray, red is a very versatile accent color.

TAKE IT UP A NOTCH

If you’re ready to try red in bigger amounts, think about upholstery and/or furniture.  The headboard pictured below is done in a deep red with nail head trim for simple elegance.  Adding red pops to a room with a few pieces of furniture, as pictured in the kitchen below, is also an effective way to introduce red.  I love the combination of the red chairs with the maple table.

READY FOR THE RED WALLS?

Picking the perfect red color for your walls can be tricky (check out the cheat sheet below).  But red walls can take any room from ordinary and expected to bold and brilliant.

RED, RED EVERYWHERE

Not for the faint of heart…..using a variety of red colors in a room will produce the ultimate in drama.  Note how this room features not only red walls, but red furniture, red upholstery and red accessories.  A-mazing!

RED CHEAT SHEET:

Maroon – A deep bluish red that isn’t as bold as a true red

Crimson - A lighter variety of maroon with bluish tones

Burgundy – Similar to maroon in depth, but with more purple tones than blue

Ruby – Slight pink undertone (think the gemstone)

Brick – Brownish based red

Scarlet – A brighter version of red with a touch of orange

 

And lastly, a few of my favorite varieties of Benjamin Moore reds!

Red 2000-10                         Million Dollar Red 2003-10

Holly Berry 1321                    Chili Pepper 2004-20

Now have some fun with RED in your home and upload the photos to show off your work!  (And don’t forget to tell us what specific color you used in your space!)

Happy Design!

Cecilia

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