Décor & Gardening
Red can go everywhere, from cheery and happy to angry and aggressive, so keep that in mind when using red in a room.
Some (red) hot guidelines:
• Context is paramount when choosing a bucket of red paint: It will do more harm than good to have even the perfect shade of red in a less than ideal location. • Living rooms, kitchens, and dining rooms are especially popular areas for an injection of red, and for good reason: Red excites movement and energy.
In a living room, red can make your guests more conversational and lively. It’s also been proven to make people eat more (even if they claim to be full), so putting the colour in a dining room just might make guests all the more impressed with your culinary skills.
• In some spaces, however, red can be too stimulating. Even though some designers have broken this rule with impressive results, the colour isn’t really intended for restful environments like bedrooms. (In fact, in one study red was shown to raise the blood pressure of those in its presence. It also can inhibit concentration, making it an unwise choice for offices or study areas.)
• Because the colour is so visually arresting even one red piece can transform a bland room. Red furnishings work well with pale and dark neutrals, white walls, wood floors, natural stone, or as a rich matte counterpoint to metallics.
• Although a white bathroom certainly looks crisp and clean, a red-tiled bathroom adds a sophisticated element. You can use unconventional shapes like circular or hexagonal tiles to add an even more interesting touch!
• Accents of red draw attention to things you might not otherwise even notice in the room. The whole idea is to entice, intrigue, and invite, without clubbing you over the head and dragging you in.
• Red’s complementary partner is cyan or turquoise blue, but it looks good with greens and all sorts of neutrals too, especially warm greys and whites.
• Red makes a bold backdrop for artwork and collections, so it could be a wonderful choice for that gallery wall you’ve been planning.
Use the 60-30-10 rule:
Decorating a space in terms of colour is as easy as 60-30-10!
When decorating a particular room, divide the colours into percentages:
• 60 per cent of a dominant colour (walls)
• 30 per cent of a secondary colour (upholstery)
• 10 per cent of an accent colour (an accent piece or floral arrangement)
Get it JHB West – February 2018