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Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday Color: Red

Alright, I know Monday is almost over, but I couldn't hit the pillow without fulfilling my commitment to beginning each week with a new posting about color. In my recent efforts to examine and even try to embrace all that I've had an aversion to in the past, on this most Hallmarkish of holidays, I chose red (a color I'm not that into on a holiday I don't observe). I'm not sure why I've avoided red in my own interiors, although I have a fair amount of fire in my personality so I guess I find it more comfortable to surround myself with cool hues and earth tones. However I've found many of my clients to be fond of red, and as a designer, I've always aimed to please. From Chinese red to true crayola crayon red, there are so many personalities of this hue and equally numerous ways to use it.

Images above:

1. In gallery owner Mikael Anderson's Copenhagen home, this red kitchen screams neither red nor kitchen. (photograph by Jean-Francois Jausaud, via elledecor.com)

2. Jenna Lyons has transformed the J. Crew brand through details and accents, so it's no wonder that this touch of red on the master bedroom bedding of her New York townhouse would have such profound impact. (via www.livingetc.com)

3. When I think of red and its inherent sensuality and sexiness, I think of LA's Maison 140, designed by the infamous Kelly Wearstler (www.kwid.com)

4. Sometimes red really means business like in this conference room I designed in the Citi Habitats/Corcoran Manhattan training center, featuring a James Kennedy painting, custom red linen drum pendant and vintage table.

5. Even I can't resist this red laquered nightstand by Chelsea Textiles (www.chelseatextiles.com)

6. Lucia Organic Bedding from Gaiam combines spicy hues of red and orange on pure organic fibers with low impact dyes.

7. This ceramic garden stool from Inside Avenue would bring an irresistible pop of glossy red to any room.

8. I love seahorses, so a hooked pillow with an orangey red seahorse silhouette might even have a place in my home afterall. (Seahorse Pillow from beachdecor.com