Red is a colour that’s been important to millions throughout the ages. From prehistoric cave paintings in Spain, to bridal dresses across Asia and papal shoes, to the soles of Christian Louboutin heels, red is a prince among colours and can make a powerful statement in your home.
Red October, November and December
With Christmas on the horizon, Red will be playing on our minds and now is the time to introduce some of this colour into your home. Whether its Santa’s outfit, Rudolf’s nose or baubles on the tree, red is the real star of this season.
As always, however, it’s important to pause and mull over your options before diving in. The human eye is naturally drawn to red and as a result it takes a little more planning than other colours.
Use different tones of red
Some argue that the tone through out a room must be uniform. We respectfully disagree. With red in particular, if all the items in a space were exactly the same hue, the overall effect would become repetitive and overstimulating.
Therefore, it is wise to pick differing shades. If you have a vermillion Venetian blind for example, try to pair it with a crimson lampshade or scarlet cushions. The objective is to let red items enhance your space, it wants to be a pleasant surprise, like a strawberry, not intimidating like a boxing glove.
Red works well alongside a range of differing colours – especially neutral colours including off whites, creams and soft greys. Darker reds can also pair well with soft dusky pinks, deep teals and even black.
Contemplate the overall theme of a room before considering complementing colours. If you’re aiming for a contemporary twist on an eighties theme, consider mixing scarlet with blue greys, very pale greys and black.
If you’re wanting a more traditional space taking inspiration from the great homes of England, consider pairing deep wine red with contrasting spots of olive and if you’re particularly daring, mint.
Use red with patterns
Block red items can certainly grab attention but don’t forget, you can use red as part of a pattern to create a more subtle statement.
Whether the pattern is a rich tartan, delicate floral or groovy geometric; red is equally fantastic as a spot colour.
Below are but a handful of examples of how we’ve incorporated red into some of our popular patterned Roman blinds. If Roman blinds aren’t quite your thing don’t worry, we have a great selection of both patterned and plain reds available across our ranges of blinds, curtains, lampshades and cushions.
Bring the vibrant energy of red into your home with made to measure blinds, curtains, cushions and lamp shades from Blinds Direct. Got a question? Get in touch with our team – we’re always happy to help.