Red (adj. redder – rooier) is a colour that can symbolise a vast variety of emotions – love, anger, romance, revolution, danger, heat, passion, vibrance and vigour – to name only a few. The colour red possess an air of confidence. It is modern and fresh, but simultaneously recalls a bygone era of design.
Red can add mystery and a touch of confidence to any room. However, too much can be overwhelming. The trick to introducing red to your home is to combine various shades and tints thereof in one space. It’s better to form a focal point for the eye which ties the space together, instead of having lots of bright red focal points everywhere and having your space feel cluttered.
“Bright reds – scarlet, pillar-box red, crimson or cherry – are very cheerful and youthful. There is certainly a red for everyone.” – Christian Dior
Tableware With a Red Ombré-Effect Edge R129 – R139, Zara Home Stoneware Espresso Mug, 100ml R149, Le Creuset Sheet Set R349, Superbalist DJ Glass Venetian Smalti (Sealing Wax) R205/sheet , Douglas Jones La Dalia Hot Smoked Spanish Paprika R139, Yuppiechef
“All my life I’ve pursued the perfect red.” – Diana Vreeland
Red Chenille Knit Blanket R829, Zara Home Gozo Chair Coral R2199, @Home Vase R229, Superbalist Smeg Kettle R2399, @Home Patterned Cushion Cover (Coral) R149, H&M
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Tammy Joubert has a particular interest in decor and architectural design trends and how they coexist with graphic design and art, especially in a South African context. When she’s not illustrating or painting, she enjoys exploring peculiar places in Cape Town, reading Afrikaans Poetry and the occasional glass of red wine.
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