Color Magic: Red

Stuart Lawson

Fashion designer Tory Burch famously carries a red grosgrain ribbon with her at all times, but especially when she travels, for positive energy.

Magazine editor Diana Vreeland adored the color and her Billy Baldwin-designed New York City apartment featured a blood red living room. As Diana famously said, ” All my life I’ve pursued the perfect red. I want a Rococo with a spot of Gothic in it and a bit of Buddhist Temple.”

Pantone 1805

The color red evokes power, love, passion and even anger. And of course there are varying shades of red from crimson to scarlet to maroon.

Patricia Healing and Daniel Barsanti

Have you ever noticed all the red when you enter a Chinese-owned shop or restaurant? That’s because the Chinese believe that red symbolizes good luck, good fortune and happiness. It’s the same in India where brides wear red on their wedding day. And in America red symbolizes love and passion.

RED is a favorite of interior designers who use the color to increase energy and warmth in a room. Red activates and creates movement, so the addition of red in a living room, dining room or kitchen is ideal, but some designers use it sparingly in children’s rooms as well. As you can see from the photo collection here, red works in a traditional or modern setting and adds a richness and luxury when used in moderation.

Jean Larette

Thomas Britt

Katie Ridder

Martha Stewart

Suzanne Kasler

La Minervetta Naples

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