‘Seeing Red’ for Valentine’s Day!

According to the Trend Alert article in the December/January issue of Elle Decor, “This attention-getting color [red] is heating up the runway – and the home!”….. And just in time to celebrate our most amorous holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day!

Subconsciously, color affects our moods and energy levels, with red being the most powerful color of all! Red has been scientifically proven to increase our heart rates and respiration, as well as excitement levels. Therefore, correctly incorporating red into specific rooms, with specific purpose, can greatly enhance the function and beauty of a space.

For instance, the dining room is a popular place to incorporate red, since this color has been shown to increase appetite. Even restaurants use this technique to keep their patrons ordering as much food as possible! Eat-in kitchens are also another great place to add red to your color palette.

red lacquered dining room walls - elle decor

These red, lacquered walls add fabulous drama to this dining space. Photo from Elle Decor.

red dining room - elle decor

This dining room is dripping in red from floor to ceiling. Photo from Elle Decor.

red table - revived with paint - sunset

This old dining room table was breathed fresh life with a fresh coat of red paint. Photo from Sunset.

red kitchen my home ideas

This red kitchen is almost startling in its vibrancy, yet still refined and appealing to the eye. Photo from My Home Ideas.

Adding red in bedrooms can be tricky, since lighter shades have been shown to increase passion, whereas darker shades simply keep you awake at night. In other words, selecting the right shade of red is as critical as choosing the overall color itself.  In order to avoid this pitfall, many people opt for simpler accents of red.

red bedroom BHG

The cheerful pops of color in this traditional bedroom gives it unexpected personality. Photo from Better Homes & Gardens.

red bedroom veranda

The white comforter stands out against the red wallpapered walls and the additional red accents. Photo from Veranda.

red sheer over bed - sunset

This dramatic red sheer is romantic and enticing. Photo from Sunset.

red fabric walls elle-decor-red-room

These walls are covered in a lovely, pleated silk fabric. Photo from Elle Decor.

If you want to promote energy throughout your living room, try adding some red accents… or MORE!

red accents apartment therapy

Photo from Apartment Therapy.

red accents southern accents

This red coral stands out, along with the other red accents in this space. Photo from Southern Accents.

red accent - twolia

Another coastal theme, featuring a red coral pillow this time. Photo from Twoila.

red accents - livingroom

Photo from Elle Decor.

red room - An iconic room from Mark Hampton - An American Decorator by Duane Hampton - elle

There is no question that this homeowner was seeking drama in this space! Photo from Elle Decor.

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This red wallpaper adds life to this neutral-toned space. Photo from Elle Decor.

During my search for fabulous red rooms, I discovered a blog site called Pops of Red, which is dedicated solely to…. yep, you guessed it…. all things read! Click the link in the previous sentence to check out all of their excellent red finds. Here are a couple that appealed to me right away….

red giselle mirror

Red Giselle Mirror.

red leather-tufted sofa

Red leather-tufted sofa.

red coop bowl

Red Coop Bowl

So, now that you have seen all of these examples on how to incorporate red into your home decor, what is your preference? Accents? Walls only? Everything?

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE HELP WITH MAKING YOUR HOME EVEN MORE FABULOUS, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR AN IN-HOME OR ONLINE CONSULTATION  AT KIMBERLY@KNOTTINGHILLINTERIORS.COM

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