Seeing Red at Home: The Decor You Need

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Red.

It’s the color of fire, of blood, of life, of passion and love and anger.  It has strong associations and representations, in our evolution as humans, in visual art, literature, poetry, politics, in everything.  It’s not a color anyone chooses accidentally.  Red is intentional.  And it’s strong.

It happens to be my favorite color.

There was a funny conversation, where my three children asked me in front of my mother what my favorite color is (for the millionth time.)  To that point, the answers they had received from me were:  Grey.  Definitely grey.  Maybe orange.  Black, yup, I’m sure.  Black.  White.  Sometimes blue.  But with my own mother standing there…smiling a silent smile that still said so much, I laughed, and told them the truth:  Red.  My favorite color is Red.  It’s just so FUN!!!  We all laughed out loud as my mother took them by their hands on a guided tour through our own home.  Our home is mostly black, white, and grey.  But anywhere there is a pop of color, the color is red: fruit bowl, tea pots, garden sculpture, garden chairs, kid table, toys on display, art.  EVERYwhere we look at home, we see pops of red.  We all came back laughing and agreeing that yes, mom loves red.  And I do.  It’s just the opposite of me in so many ways.  I’m a six foot tall woman who spent much of her childhood trying to just blend in, while always standing-out in just standing tall.  I had terrible acne as a teenager; that does not mix well with red clothing.  I was afraid of red, but I loved it the same.  Probably…because my own mother, with that sweet loving smirk on her face, she assigned me that color.  I was red, my brothers were green and blue.  Our towels followed that pattern, our special napping and cuddling blankets, notes and envelopes that were left for us, theme colors for parties, ribbons to mark our holiday gifts, basically anything at home for which a color was chosen, we got our color.  That way we knew which was ours.  It was a good system for keeping us organized.  And apparently…it has lasting effects.  While I know it has so many deep meanings, my own association with Red, and why I love it so, is probably just as simple as I grew up in a really fun home.  Red makes me happy because I associate it with my childhood and with FUN!  So in celebration of the truth of my favorite color also happening to be the favorite color of Fall 2017, here are a few of my favorite (Fun, Red) things:

 

  1. BODUM BRAZIL COFFEE MAKER, FRENCH PRESS COFFEE MAKER, RED
  2. NOW DESIGNS HEMISPHERE FRUIT BASKET, RED
  3. RED SATELLITE BOWL, RED LARGE MOMA EXCLUSIVE
  4. FORLIFE CURVE TEAPOT WITH INFUSER, 24-OUNCE, RED
  5. GET IT RIGHT WINE BOTTLE STOPPER 3PC SET
  6. VONDOM ROSINANTE ROCKING HORSE RED
  7. MULTI COLOR HANDMADE FELT BALL RUG HOME DECOR NURSERY KIDS ROOM
  8. X MARKS THE RED BOOK CADDY
  9. SPECIAL EDITION (FATBOY)RED ORIGINAL BEAN BAG LOUNGER
  10. VITRA EAMES ELEPHANT, CLASSIC RED
  11. HURLEY STEEL & VINYL PAPASAN CHAIR
  12. HOAEY 100FT EXPANDING HOSE, (100FT, RED)
  13. SLIDE AMORE BENCH FLAME RED
  14. PLASTIC POT PLANTER
  15. VONDOM ADAN STOOL RED
  16. ADELINE GEOMETRIC PENDANT
  17. POLY AND BARK TOLIX STYLE BISTRO A DINING SIDE CHAIR (SET OF 4), RED
  18. BANKSY PARKING
  19. PYRAMID 29.5″ BAR STOOL
  20. HEENAN HAND-WOVEN RED AREA RUG
  21. CITIZENRY URBANO PILLOWS – SUNSET
  22. STRUT TABLE WATERMELON

Shop Red Living Indoors:

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One more fun and meaningful use of Red at Home:  Red Doors

Another of my favorite ways to work red into design is doors and entry ways.  This use of red has SO much historic symbolism:  from Exodus so the angel would pass seeing red on a door, for churches to represent protection from evil, during the Civil War American red doors symbolized safe homes that were part of the Underground Railroad system, in Chinese tradition the red symbolizes luck.  Red doors even have good Feng Shui!  So if your front door or front entry need a refresh or if you are struggling to decide exactly which color to paint one, my personal favorite is Benjamin Moore Heritage Red:  Welcome, Happy, Safe, Love, bring on the positive energy and the FUN!!!

And finally, a shout-out to an amazing arts organization:  This Red Door.  Check them out in your travels!

xo A

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Fierce lover of momming, 3 amazing kids, blessed with the most wonderful family and friends, likes coffee black, wine dry, chocolate dark, and salt chunky, resting position is in motion, particularly where salt water and wind are involved. Moderately obsessed with home design. Feels super lucky to be a part of this community. xo

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9 Comments

  1. I’m in the process of freshening up my apartment and I am DEFINITELY going to incorporate red now – normally I would never have considered it but I love the symbolism and the idea of a red door…

  2. Love everything in this post—the stokke chair is in my cart now. Also, what is the paint color on the wall in your kid’s room?

    • Annmarie Naples on

      That’s an amazing chair! Enjoy it! That wall color is a custom Benjamin Moore color, that I would love to tell you was a brilliant composition. Truth be told, I was mixing greys and whites and trying (and failing) to get to perfect for another area of the house. It didn’t work out for its intention, but I loved it, and we had it, so we used it in the kids’ bedroom. If I had to try to match it to a color you can buy, I’d say sample Benjamin Moore Tundra 2133-70 and Sidewalk Grey 2133-60. Depending on the light in your room, one of those two will read similar. And another of my favorite light greys is Whitestone 2134-60. It’s a light, but fun grey. Slap a sample of that up on a wall next to the other two and an easy winner will emerge. xoxo

  3. Love that red rug in the kids room! And is that the genius cozy sleeping bag/blanket on the bed set up? Your collections of reds are so FUN and are inspiring me to incorporate more red in our home. That amore bench needs to happen somewhere! I love the color theory, symbolism and personal connection you shared too!

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