The Red Effect is the first in our FREE 7 part series, The Rainbow Effect. This series demystifies why and how the effects of decorating with one of the 7 colours, or bands, of the rainbow, may affect the mood, ambience, or energy of your home or office space.
The Red Effect
As the colours of our globe unite to compete, contribute, spectate or volunteer at the Winter Olympics, this Valentine’s Day weekend, evokes just one word: love. Love of sport, love of leading, love of helping, love of lover, love of self, love of home and yes, love of work.
February 14th, 2010, also marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. It is indeed a weekend of significance.
As significant as the colour red, itself.
Red is the colour of passion, love and romance. It is a stimulant that invigorates the beauty surrounding it. Red radiates warmth, and just as a fire-glow in winter, invites conversation, happiness and love.
Painting a ‘ruby red’ feature wall defies complacency and creates a stately impression. A hi-gloss red entrance door is bold, daring and handsome. Freshly, sun-dried, crisp white linen … garnished with a single red rose is the ultimate in romantic chic.
Whilst the colour red is a stimulant to the child’s mind, consideration should be given to just how stimulated you want your child to be at bedtime!
The nature of red knows no bounds. Ecologically abundant, paints and dyes are made from natural pigments such as iron oxide, Indian red, red lead, red ochre, carmine and brazilin. (More on pigments soon). The red fruits of nature offer an infinite number of inspirational shades, tints & tones of the colour red: pomegranate, cranberry, raspberry, apple, tomato, grapes and Spanish onions.
If you are baulking at decorating with true, strong or bold red, the numerous tints and shades of red may provide the ambience or ‘look’ you desire. Familiar shades of red include: ruby, crimson, fire, brick & maroon.
Tints of red with less intensity include pinks, peaches, corals & salmons. Natural inspiration is abundant in our reefs, roses, peaches, plums and red mangoes and autumn leaves.
It is not uncommon for some people to feel uncomfortable in a space ‘over decorated’ with red. Individual interpretations may include anger, frustration, fear, pain or guilt. If used sparingly, however, these feelings can be countered by limiting the ‘mass’ of red, the ‘depth’ or ‘intensity’ of red or can be balanced with the cool colours on the other side of the colour wheel.
Traditionally, the Chinese revere the colour red for its good luck, integrity & as a charm of happiness. Chinese New Year celebrations include sharing the gift of the red envelope. Buddhist traditions employ red as a symbol of achievement, wisdom, virtue, fortune, and dignity. A Japanese birthday is often celebrated with red to encourage vitality and good health.
Greeks and Hebrews venerate red as symbol of love and sacrifice. Christmas, Pentecost & Palm Sunday are Christian religious celebratory events when the colour red is abundant as an adornment. Not so at the time of a wedding according to superstition. But I have rarely seen a bride who did not blush – even if the root cause was the best man’s speech!
The passionate and vital red effect. Here are 5 reasons you may or may not want to decorate with the colour red:
Five reasons you may want to use the colour red:
- Invigorate a space with vitality
- Create a sense of inviting warmth
- Set a romantic & passionate mood
- Surround yourself with a sense of courage & leadership
- Simply because it represents beauty.
Five reasons you may NOT want to use the colour red:
- Can create a sense of urgency
- Danger or warning signal
- May raise intolerance levels (particularly in children)
- Negative memories
- Taboo & guilt
I will let the sun, the master of The Red Effect, have the last word. Rarely is there a sunset which, when visible, does not reflect a snippet of earth’s immeasurable treasures.
Awaken the senses naturally – do The Red Effect
See you in the next colour inside the rainbow.
Fast Red facts:
- Red is the longest wavelength in the rainbow.
- The Hex triplet web reference for red is #FF0000 (Hex triplet)
- The r,g,b web reference is 255,0,0 (r,g,b)
If you are not feeling confident utilising The Red Effect in your home or office, don’t forget to pick my brains. I will help you.