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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5 Home Trends You Will Love

As we pass the chaos of Summer 2020, we are embracing (with some caution) the new autumn season! With it comes new trends that we will be seeing in homes, fashion, and accessories. At A.Clore, some our best inspiration comes from the fashion styles that arrive with every season. This year we’re seeing lots of rich and antiquated colors that may be considered “outdated.” With this resurgence, spaces are being filled items that have an old-time-charm. Thrifting is a popular pastime, encouraging bold styles that embrace one’s individual personality.

And of course, we’re seeing this reflected in personal homes, too. Bohemian, mid-century mod, and modern interiors are all being altered to truly match the owner. This is great! There are so many amazing outlets now to draw inspiration from. Here, we’ll look at 5 prevalent trends you can expect to see this last half of 2020 and into 2021. Let’s get inspired!

Popping Colors

Classic Blue is Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year! It pairs well with the other bold colors that are becoming popular. They all have a rich narrative and stand out. These timeless colors reflect the ever-changing consumer mindset that’s focused on longevity and value while desiring self-expression. We’ve seen these in new wallpapers and bold design choices. And when it comes to the all white trend, there are natural wood textures and green plants being added to imitate color and add interest.

Pantone Color Theory Autumn 2020/Winter 2021

Pantone Color Theory Autumn 2020/Winter 2021

 

Garden Party Unpasted Wall Mural

Rifle Paper Co. – York Wallpaper

blue cabinets and rose gold accents kitchen

Works well with the infamous Rose Gold color!

Layers and Added Depth

There are lots of new design trends popping up that are insanely creative. Most are easy to do and affordable, making them great options to personalize a room! You can add interest to a room by imitating depth. Paint blocks extended onto the ceiling or covering two walls across the corner are some ideas of how to do this. Painted arches have also become a common way yo draw the eyes to a focal point without being an expensive option like tile or shiplap that we’ve done before. To add to the boho style that has become popular, decorating with excess plants, florals, and macramé is a fun trend, too. We’ve been noticing people having lots of fun with this, using uncommonly shaped wall décor like miss-matched baskets hung on the walls. This especially is a great way to add depth and texture to a plain wall.

Painted wall arch

Painted Wall Arch

wall painted block

Out-of-the-box painting techniques affordably add eye-catching depth

blush pink macrame wall hanging

Using a rich color and unique shape to individualize space.

Comfort over Looks

We are definitely noticing that homeowners are going for comfort over look. Especially with quarantine and spending more time at home, it is more important now than ever. This is complemented by recent furniture being designed to achieve both, like this simple, modern couch yet plush cushions. This is accentuated by the love of excess blankets and throw pillows. We see these made in the inviting, bright colors of emerging color trends.

grey sectional and lounge chaise

Modern lines WITH plush cushions

plush grey sectional living room

Freeform shapes featured in the furniture and accessories paired with natural wood tones

Retro is Back, baby

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but the Rolling stones tongue icon is back. The vintage retro aesthetic is definitely in line with the new popular colors, just brightened. In commercial spaces, the classic diner theme is drawing in customers too. In residential spaces, we’re seeing unique neon lights with quirky sayings. As a popular decoration option, lots of wall canvases and wallpaper have a color block, art deco theme to them, too.

oasis diner retro

Diners and Drive-In movies are having a moment

Sunburst wall art orange and pink

Sunburst Wall Art

Rolling Stones Tye Dye Tongue Shirt

Rolling Stones Tye-Dye Tongue Apparel

Geometric sun removable wallpaper

Geo Sun Removable Wallpaper

Art deco home vanity

Art Deco Room Style

Technology Advances

Of course as time goes on, our technology is getting better. Smart home systems are highly sought after and new builds are becoming very energy-efficient. This is great for saving money and the environment. Modern appliances are great, like see through fridges with an iPad-like face, and everyone is adding Google homes and Alexas throughout their house.

Samsung Side-by-Side Refrigerators #RS22T5561SR

These fridge faces have cool features like Bluetooth and useful notes.

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Energy efficiency is great for saving money over time!

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