Red, once confined to the kitchen, is top of the fashion pops. We’ve worked our way up to it through limes, yellows and the brightest of oranges, through to the more muted pastel shades – but now it’s finally come into its own.
Red is one of the most attention-grabbing and potent colours (just look at how often it pops up on TV’s home decor programmes).
Not for nothing do we call it the colour of passion – according to colour analysts, it has a strong effect on both our bodies and our senses.
The colour is particularly useful for dark or north-facing rooms that receive only cold light, making them seem cosy.
Rooms with a touch of red will seem warm and inviting, but be careful – too much can seem overpowering and claustrophobic.
Get a real head for red by adding splashes of colour with red rugs, throws and blinds to neutral or dark rooms.
Remember, red is a powerful colour, and if you use too much it can be a real eye-strain – keeping it as a highlight is best.
For instance, use red as an accessory to add emphasis to a pale, pretty colour scheme; poppies on bedding or a jar of bright red gerbera flowers.
In the dining room, brighten chairs with tasselled cushions and use heavy velvet throws as tablecloths to create a sumptuous look, or cheer up the room with perky gingham and scarlet crockery.
Red fits in well with the popular trend for minimalist decors. Let’s face it, all those wide spaces with whites, greys and blacks look tremendously stylish, but they can be a bit chilly.
A touch of red will warm them up while emphasising their modern good looks – leather is particularly effective. What’s more, red is a strong, masculine colour and fits in well with a ‘pad’ lifestyle.
But if minimalist doesn’t appeal, red can also be a useful colour. You can go the whole hog and combine luscious reds with terracottas and golds to create the Moroccan and Turkish look which will be popular again this year.
By mixing the warm colours, you can avoid red overkill and achieve a spicy mix to drive away the last of the winter chill.