I am often quite timid in my use of intense colors but when it comes to certain rooms, I do like to go full speed ahead with the strongest color: Red. My favorite rooms for using red are dining rooms and powder rooms because intensity in colors is increased ten fold when wrapped in intimacy.
Red comes with connotations of vibrancy, vigor and complement food by intensifying colors in food. We think of red as the color of valentines, love. In some Asian countries, red is reserved for the color of the bride’s dress because she deserves to be engulfed in the intensity of her other half’s ultimate declaration of love. Reds are great in small rooms for the same reason- they have the tendency to embrace and surround us, leaving very little room for feeling anything beyond the room they grace. I use and re-use this wallpaper from Osborne and Little with a bright red background and gold chrysanthemums floating like the back of a geisha’s kimono. It’s the staple in my arsenal of red wallpapers.
Of course, when we can’t paint the whole room red, we can always scatter reds all around. Red accents bring sharpness to otherwise bland rooms.
If ever I need a quick pick me up, I can go hole up in my red rooms or bring reds into my other rooms. I also have long decided that Jezebel did just right by telling her dour fiance to lighten up when she wore red to the all white dresses ball.
And, when I am away from home and think I’ll miss my reds, the red scarf comes with me.