Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh dar­ren­

IT’S not Christ­mas or Valen­tine’s Day but home in­te­ri­ors are see­ing red.

De­sign­ers love red, but be­fore you run out the door to in­vest in this fiery hue, take ad­vice from de­signer Dar­ren Palmer.

“Here’s a di­vi­sive colour. Some peo­ple love it, oth­ers aren’t fond of it. Per­son­ally, I think red in in­te­ri­ors should be down­played or avoided,’’ Palmer says.

“It does evoke ideas of pas­sion, but is also the colour of blood and anger, so use with cau­tion.”

Palmer says red in a bed­room would tem­per rest­ful­ness and in­voke de­sire, so it de­pends on what mood you want to achieve.

“Red en­hances hu­man me­tab­o­lism, in­creases res­pi­ra­tion rate and raises blood pres­sure,” Palmer says.

“It also has very high vis­i­bil­ity, which is why stop signs, stop­lights and fire equip­ment are usu­ally painted red.”

Palmer says pink, which be­longs to the red fam­ily, sig­ni­fies ro­mance, love and friend­ship.

“It denotes fem­i­nine qual­i­ties and soft­ness. Who looks at a soft pink car­na­tion and thinks vigour?

“On the other hand, dark red is as­so­ci­ated with vigour, rage, courage, long­ing and mal­ice, so you can see choos­ing the right shade of red is para­mount to cre­at­ing the right mood and in­vok­ing the de­sired re­sponse.’’

Palmer says when dec­o­rat­ing. red is a colour best used in lots of small ac­ces­sories.

Clock­wise from above: South Beach Adiron­dack chair, sea­grass bas­ket, fiery red rug, KitchenAid stand mixer and Carolyn O’Neill art­work.

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