Good morning, chic readers! We are so, so excited to have our friend Kelly from Talk of the House here today to share with us a bit about her favorite color: red! Kelly has long been one of our favorite bloggers, and if you don’t follow her gorgeous blog, you should! She, like us, is a big fan of fresh flowers, pressed linens and hot fudge sundaes. And, one glance at this gorgeous post she has created for us, and you’ll see that her taste is flawless. If she sounds like your kind of girl, make sure to check out Talk of the House.
I am so happy to be writing about my favorite color here today. Beth and Kristy are the epitome of classic taste, so I am thrilled to be here at Design Chic!
Even a brief glance at my blog, Talk of the House, will give you a quick clue to my favorite color. I have been a fan of red for as long as I can remember. It is the color of love and energy – both good things! (Not to mention its celebratory connections to Christmas, the 4th of July, and Valentine’s Day.) Two decades ago we had a large dose of red covering the walls of our dining room. After tiring of that, we went with the smaller impact of a red sofa in our living room. Today, my use of red has been toned down even more, but I still admire rooms that showcase it in a large quantity.
It looks great contrasted with gorgeous white trim.
Red brings warmth and coziness – perfect for this Gil Schafer designed library…
and this one by Blaine Johnson of JP Interiors.
Although I do admire spaces that have a liberal use of red, I am more prone to have it as an accent color today. Here are a few rooms that show how a small amount of it can create a big impact.
Sarah Richardson makes frequent use of red, and these mismatched beds are pure eye candy to me.
Here she mixes the color with gray (again) for another space showcasing red’s ability to add depth and contrast.
Windsor Smith brazenly brought in red to liven up this dining area. Do you think white or gray lanterns and chairs would have been nearly as attractive? (Certainly not to me. 🙂 )
Even just one piece of furniture painted the racy shade can do wonders for a room.
Still not quite that brave?
How about these with just a hint of the color?
A bedroom in Atlanta by Barbara Westbrook…
or Holly Mathis’ new living room
You can always take red outside.
I am not sure I would be brave enough to paint our entire exterior bright red…
(although this is lovely)
But, I would most definitely use it on the front door. In China, a red door is considered good luck. In Scotland, doors were painted red when the homeowner’s mortgage was paid off, and here in the United States, it is a symbol of welcome – historically, a safe place to stop and rest.
And of course, you can always shop at the store with the red front door…
and emerge looking gorgeous wearing red…
or maybe carrying a new red bag. 🙂
So are you a fan of red or not? With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, perhaps you will add a touch of it to one of your spaces. I hope you have fun with this joyous color!
Until next time…
Thanks so much, Kelly, for brightening up our Friday. We hope your weekend is just as fabulous!