Where do we put red in the home? In the dining room? Kitchen? Bedroom? Bathroom? Keeping in mind that red is a sexy color and a powerful one at that, do you really want red in your home? Where would you put it?
Tough question right? Yes indeed! So many people love red but do we want red in our homes? Well yes we do but where?
For a while there the obvious choice for red wall color was in the dining room and I’m so glad that is a thing of the past – at least I personally haven’t seen or designed a red dining room in a really long time. There are just so many other colors that are trending now and red may be a color choice of the past.
Now let’s talk about red in the bedroom. Now this is another scenario that I haven’t seen in years!!!! I think the last time I saw red wall color was in one episode of Sex and The City where Big painted a wall in his bedroom red – even Carrie didn’t like it!
Do we put red in the kitchen? I would most definitely use red somewhere in the kitchen but there is a problem with this. There are very few homes or home styles that can pull this look off.
The other day Susan Serra of Owner of Susan Serra Associates, Inc. showed a beautiful red kitchen in a Color Quickie interview I had with her. I love the red cabinets but I know this is a look that most people will not have in their home. It’s not because homeowners don’t like red but the majority of homeowners don’t have this style home and just won’t be able to pull it off. Isn’t it beautiful though?
Now to the bathroom. Do we want to use red in the bathroom? This may sound really silly but trust me when I tell you that subliminal messages are huge when it comes to choosing color for your home.
Think back to 1977. Remember that scary movie that was supposedly true about a haunted house in Amityville, Long Island? There is only one movie that comes to mind and it’s the Amityville Horror. Remember that small red room in the basement where all the evil allegedly originated from? Well I don’t know about you but when I see a small red bathroom, that is what I think of. How awful right?
So to wind up red, I think it works best in the kitchen as Susan has shown us in her photograph. As far a red in the other rooms of the home, I’d take it down to a deep cherry red for the media or man cave, or add blue to it and switch it over to purple for a sexy bedroom.
Where would you put red?