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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Styles That Are “Lighting” Up

As the year starts to come to a close and a new year is approaching, interior design styles are ever-evolving. When you break down a cohesive style, there are a couple of key elements that can make or break the design. The different types of lighting fixtures you choose can really elevate a room or blend into the background. These are some trendy options that we have noticed recently that can easily upgrade your room in seconds.

Natural Fixtures

The bohemian style has really taken over the past couple years. We’ve seen this from fully boho to a more chic take; either way some people don’t worry about the lighting fixture as much as their décor when it comes to styling their retreat. To help maintain a healthy, relaxing vibe, it works best if you include lots of texture like basket weaving or bamboo. And keep the shape interesting; don’t be afraid to oversize your lighting a little to add drama since the theoretical weight of these chandeliers are so airy.

SINNERLIG Pendant lamp, bamboo

SINNERLIG Bamboo Pendant lamp

World Market Natural Rattan Scalloped Pendent Lamp

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Cabo Small Woven Pendant

Updated Traditional

This one is for those who are still loving their lived-in home look but just want to freshen things up. Updating your lighting can make a huge difference in a space and if you keep the style simple but creative, your space can take on a whole new look. These pieces are pretty flexible in what styles or rooms they can be used in. Whenever we choose to use these modern-takes on traditional chandeliers, our clients love them!

 Pendant Lighting #LW-SH513154

Lowe’s #LW-SH513154

Roy 4 - Light Lantern Geometric Pendant

Geometric Pendant Light

Safavieh Chandeliers #CHA4017B

Safavieh Telta-10

Hanging Pendants

These are definitely hip trend that has become more relevant and sought-after. Hanging pendants often come in clusters that add visual interest to a room. Or, we see them in a straight line to fit and stretch the appearance of a room. We’ve seen a wide variety of these in modern foyers to farmhouse dining rooms. They mainly add ambience lighting to a focused area and are used for more aesthetic purposes.

Reina Glass Cluster Pendant

Reina Glass Cluster Pendant

Emil 3 - Light Cluster Globe Pendant

Emil 3 – Light Cluster Globe Pendant

Ronan 5-Light Cluster Pendant

Ronan 5-Light Cluster Pendant

Abstract Forms

These unique beauties are great for modern interiors or a classy chic look. It is hard to even narrow down which ones we love in this blog because there are so many options out there to choose from that could be the perfect match for your home! These come in a plethora of finishes, so you can choose how much your want them to dress up a minimalist space or match other extravagant furniture pieces.

Design Classics Lighting Design Classics Essence Brushed Brass 12-Light Mid-Century Modern Chandelier 1864-BB

12-Light Mid-Century Modern Chandelier

Penta Ceiling Lamp Gold - Zuo Modern 56022

Penta Ceiling Lamp Gold

Milano 48" Wide Polished Brass 16-Light Linear Chandelier

Milano 48″ 16-Light Linear Chandelier

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