The Many Sides of Red

“There is a shade of red for every woman” -Audrey Hepburn

“Everything utilitarian needs a little red edge” – Reno Dakota

The Color Red

Red is a warm, primary color. It is a bold and symbolic hue that is often associated with strong emotion. Red grabs our attention, pulls us in, and makes us aware of its presence. It calls us to action and gets us motivated. If you are looking to create a cozy and intimate space, red is the way to go. This catching color reminds us of beautiful things in nature like sweet strawberries, delicate roses, falling autumn leaves, and calming sunsets. Let’s not forget red is also a symbolic color of our great country, representing hardiness and valor. The flat
lay below incorporates a mix of red, white, and blue, inspired by our beautiful star-spangled banner.

How Red Affects Mood & Behavior

Did you know that all colors have a different psychological effect on us? The human mind processes colors in diverse ways causing us to feel and act differently. Colors affect how we react to sounds, smells, taste, and time. Some colors can even help heal sick patients and aid in their recovery.

Red is often associated with love, danger, anger, excitement, fire, strength, confidence, and luxury.  In Chinese culture, red is very popular for weddings and acts as a symbol of happiness. Bright, warm colors like red are also quite prominent in the restaurant industry, a perfect choice to stimulate the appetite of consumers. If you think of it there are tons of fast-food places that use red, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Chick-fil-A, Sonic, Pizza Hut, and Dairy Queen, just to name a few. The reason behind this is simple, red is bold, catches our attention, and somehow makes something in our brain say, “Hmm I could go for some food”. Not only does this hue cause change in mood and behavior but studies show that it can physically cause our body temperature to rise and make us feel warmer.

All these emotions and meanings behind just one color! Because red is so lively and simulating it should be used in moderation and with care. As designers, we take into consideration these effects that color has on the human mind to help us determine the best use and fit for each space. We suggest using red in entertainment spaces such as the living and dining rooms. Red is also a great choice for window treatments, pillows, and accent furniture. Here you can see how red steals the spotlight in a dining nook. The drapery, art piece, and accessory tray all pull red from the seating creating a fun layering effect that fills this small space with excitement.

This nightstand is a perfect example of using red on a piece of furniture to create a fun accent and carry it throughout the room within the artwork and area rug.

Colors That Pair Well with Red

There’s no doubt that red makes a statement on its own but that doesn’t mean you have to pair it with neutrals to make a space look great. Many times, red looks best when paired with colors that are just as vibrant and eye-catching. Check out the interesting mix of patterns in this photo! The scheme in this living area uses red in combination with blue, teal, and green making a space that is daring yet visually appealing to the eye.

Red’s complement is green and although most of us associate those colors with the holiday season they can be combined in a way that is not so literal by using variations of the hues. To avoid making your space look like a holiday party we recommend pairing it with a sage green or mint green. Other select colors that work well with red are teal, navy blue, peach, and yellow. If you choose to take the neutral route but still want to create a dramatic ambiance, use black, white, or gray or a combination of all three to really make the space pop. In this unique bedroom, we placed red accents on a neutral black and white background adding to the already existing moody vibe of the artwork.

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What’s Good, 2021?

Zen Spaces

This 2021 trend gives nods towards the growing popularity of plants, neutral shades, and minimalist design. When you combine these, you create a zen space. To really step up your zen, we suggest finding an affordable indoor water feature to help enhance the soothing atmosphere. Here’s a double feature one with candles! A popular hobby right now is the power of rocks, which can something fun to explore and they’ll look very cute on a windowsill. A zen space can be a room or just a corner you have. This will be different for everyone but just focus on decorating with items that give you peace and release stress.

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Himalayan Salt lamps are a staple in your zen area!

Like we said, even a free corner works!

Traveled Feels

Especially while stuck at home during quarantine, this is the perfect time to relive your traveling memories. If you haven’t traveled a lot or just don’t have mementos, don’t fret! You can always source items that inspire where you want to go. Ordering from small businesses in the towns you visited will make you feel like you were there again and will make a family smile!

Turn to places you dream of living at for inspiration on furnishing!

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Look towards unique prints representing where you’ve been.

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Vintage Bird collage is a fun, quirky idea for this trend

Statement Pieces

This trend is exactly what it sounds like, statement pieces! We love it when our clients decide on a bold, unique piece of furniture or artwork that really represents them. It is always a great conversation piece at gatherings too. We see a lot of bold statements in furniture, like a turquoise sectional, or a retro shaped coffee table. This trend can either be taken small, like some funky vases on a mantle, or bigger with an abstract lighting piece above the living area.

In a client’s bedroom, they went bold on this accent chair!

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Everything in this yells “statement.”

Currently obsessing the mix of patterns and color here!

“Grandmillenial”

Grandmillenial is an ode to traditional interiors while incorporating bold patterns and trendy colors. It is a rebellion against the minimalist, all-white everything obsession of the past couple of years. Patterned upholstery, busy wallpaper, and rich wood-tone furniture are the trademark in this blast to the past. But, of course, this generation is making it much more Instagrammable than your grandmother’s living room. This style is so full of personality and very versatile, it is bound to stay around for a while. Homeowners are free to choose the color palette; we love a room full of different shades of blue or picking an analogous color scheme with this trend. Using either of these tricks ensures you can choose a pattern that speaks to you while having a better chance of it all blending together. We are seeing some modern pieces of abstract art and structures incorporated as decor too to keep the area fresh and youthful.

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A precious entryway scene!

Keeping it airy and traditional!

Kara Hebert Bedroom

A fresh take on your grandmom’s sunroom.

Clean Surfaces

A clean home makes for a happy home, right? Especially going into this new year, we are more aware of the germs we come in contact with every day and how we can keep them out of our homes. But we don’t just mean clean surfaces from bacteria, we also mean clean sightlines. Hidden storage and geometric forms make these homeowners squeal on the inside. Often very modern designs, clean surfaces promote minimalist living with a luxurious feel.

We remodeled this staircase to have far sightlines to the massive window and pleasing symmetry!

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IKEA, of course, is a great place to achieve the sleek Scandinavian look.

Sleek and Modern with reflective surfaces

Earthy Shades

Earthy shades have always been there, but now we are experimenting with them more. We know the used grays and beiges, now being replaced with navy and deep green. They are becoming the new “neutral.” This is from the unrefined feel they give a room by reflecting natural elements. These are perfect for calming bedroom presence or peaceful office space. It will help you feel connected to the Earth while inside. It also adds a subconscious splash of color that may highlight the appearance of a room, like putting a deeper color on a far wall to make it seems further. Be careful using these though, they work best in rooms that already get lots of sunlight. If that is a concern, choose a lighter clay color. Or we always love a millennial pink if you’re bold enough.

One of our latest projects, they wanted a relaxing, resort-like master remodel. We used navy, grey, and brass to bring in earthy tones.

Emerald is a growing trendy color

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Exposed Industrial

Exposed Industrial interiors have been trending for a while now, and we don’t see them going out of style any time soon. There are a lot of specific routes you can personalize with this overall theme too. Some may choose to pair exposed brick with white-was walls and sleek furniture. Others may emphasize the grunge and rustic characteristics with worn-in leather and exposed piping. A key characteristic of this style is the different contrasts space offers in color and texture. Either way, you can achieve the trademark New York apartment look with some brick, light wooden tones, and Edison bulb lighting. Accessorize with some bold artworks and sculptures that represent your personality for an individualized look and you’re good to go for entertaining friends in this chic space!

A recent favorite project of ours, modernizing industrial!

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Clean walls but raw concrete flooring

The Nordroom - A SoHo Loft with Exposed Brick and Subtle Color Touches

You can take it as modern as you want!

Abstract Placement

Abstract placement could be described as placing a piece of interesting furniture or artwork in a spot you wouldn’t at first think fits. This can be helpful in too-square rooms to help draw the eye in a certain direction and break up the mundane sightlines. An example of this could be a bright yellow circular ottoman against a rectangle sectional. Or a diagonal bed sitting out from the corner of a bedroom. If the space allows, this could help liven the room and create notable spaces for purposes.

Think of where a fun piece of art could liven up the space!

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Perfect abstract thinking while stuck inside!

The abstract lighting and table here are quirky and will stand time!

Mediterranean and boho styles already play with free form furniture and placement.

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