ADD COLOUR TO YOUR LIFE PASSIONATE HUE MAKES IMPACT
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.