Seeing Red…

Want to ensure a restless night’s sleep?  That’s right… I said restless. Try painting your bedroom walls red.  That should do the trick.  I recently saw a guest bedroom featured in a well known publication with so much red that it looked like a bottle of cherry cough syrup had expoded all over the room.  It made me sick just to look at it.  I can’t imagine actually trying to sleep in that room.  Ok, hopefully you’ve caught on that I’m NOT encouraging you to go paint the walls red.  Paint the town red, YES.  Bedroom walls, NO.  Seriously though, red is a wonderful color & I use it quite frequently in my designs.  However, it has to be used logically.  Red is a stimulating color.  Many color experts say that shades of red stimulate conversation and also appetite.

So, red is a wonderful choice for dining areas, kitchens, etc if you want it on your walls.  One of my favorite dining rooms ever was painted a vibrant bordeaux red by Ralph Lauren.  It also works great as an accent color, which COULD be used in a bedroom.  Think art, bedding, pillows, or even drapery panels. Red is a dominant color and needs to be used in conjunction with less “agressive” colors to stay grounded.  Trust me, red walls in your bedroom may sound like a sexy idea, but it will have you and your significant other seeing red after many sleepless nights.