The time has come for us to honor the color red! (and it’s not even Christmas or Valentine’s Day)
Red is the color of fire and blood. These two elements contain all its positive and negative symbolism – on the one hand: love, strength, happiness, passion, and on the other: hate, war, pain, aggression and hell. We’ll stick to that one hand J
It’s one of the oldest colors, it used to be made naturally using various (tiny) animals. For example, different shades of red were made using the female Crimson worm, called kermes. That’s why, in Croatian, the color red is called “crvena” (crv = worm)!
Red, along with yellow and orange, is a warm color. However, if dominated by blue tones, red can definitely appear cold, unpleasant and even aggressive. Mostly, red is a warm color if it is dominated by yellow tones! Both are dominant and passionate. Although I prefer colder tones of red.
I’m sure you’ve noticed how red draws all the attention? Stimulating, emotional and dominant, it will quickly become the focal point of the space. In other words, nobody uses red ‘just a bit’ or ‘for no particular reason’, and even if that happens, the color will soon take over the whole room! It’s just in its nature! Compared to red, all other colors simply fade into the background.
Why does red have this effect on our emotions? It’s been proven that red, as a stimulant, raises adrenaline and that it can increase our heart rate. It certainly lifts the spirit and gives a sense of warmth. They say that red brings luck and protects from evil.
Here’s a list of the best-known tones of red (because red is not the only red color!), and they’re used every day. This must confuse a lot of you and drive you mad! For example, I bet you’re at least somewhat familiar with paprika, tomato, and chili reds, but what about cinnabar and marsala? 🙂
Here is some advice on how to elevate and warm up the ambience – while keeping red in check and under control! 😉
- COMBINING RED AND GREEN
Don’t be afraid to combine red and green. They go great together if you get the right shades and ratios! The green color will soothe the red, but also create a happy, dynamic, and interesting space.
- COMBINING RED AND BLUE
Similar rules, or the same ones, apply for combining red with blue or with hues which have a higher amount of blue tones in their base. But, be really careful with this combination. Be gentle!
- COMBINING TONES OF RED
If you’re more into harmony, then it’s great to combine red with similar or pink shades. It sounds weird, but the effects you achieve are truly interesting, different, and special. And your space will appear tranquil and harmonious.
- COMBINING RED AND GRAY
Red and gray is a classic and proven combination. The worst thing that can happen in this combination is that you get too many cold tones. So, a piece of advice(!) when you’re choosing a gray color – make sure that it’s warm and pleasant and that it has a lot of ‘brown’ tones in it!
Did you like any of these combinations? Yes, no or maybe? If you’re still at “maybe”, it’s best to start with details. Carpets, drapes, pillows, blankets – and you’ll soon feel which tone of red is right for you.
Because, when we’re talking about red – even that’s a brave move!