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Designing with the unexpected red theory


Have you noticed the unexpected red theory doing the rounds on social media right now? It’s a theory that has persisted through time and basically suggests that a dash of red here and there will always settle into a room. I totally believe this! In fact, I started building this living room collection above as a monthly series called “Someone Makes This Room” (see the home collection here). Then I started thinking about the unexpected red color theory, added some more, and suddenly, this is what the doctor ordered!

Get this living room look!

  1. Green checkered sofa
  2. Yellow shell rug
  3. Antique French wood coffee table
  4. Red reel frame
  5. Straw flowers
  6. Antique Italian Florence Pillow
  7. Rattan desk lamp
  8. Old painting, Swedish artist, portrait of a woman
  9. Floor length floral mirror
  10. Red lounge chair
  11. Old Spanish painting
  12. floral wallpaper

I added a red chaise lounge as a complement to the green sofa as well as the red coffee table in the wood and red frame.

Red items to add to your home

After that, I took finding other red things to add to your home as a challenge, and found some real delights.

  1. Red tulip print
  2. Red frying pan (I have this in pink and use it all the time!)
  3. Red taper candles
  4. Red rose glass
  5. Red striped flower painting
  6. Red Floral Quilt (I adore this!)
  7. Cherry toilet brush holder (Can you believe it?!)
  8. A can of olive oil
  9. Red floor lamp
  10. Red butterfly art
  11. Red ship
  12. IBM red watch
  13. Red pencil sharpener
  14. Red desk lamp
  15. Red radish jug
  16. Red scallop napkins
  17. Red floral wallpaper

But, what is the unexpected red theory?

Red, a color often associated with passion, energy and vitality, holds a special place in the world of design. Although it is often used as an accent or accent piece, the unexpected red color theory takes this a step further, calling for it to be incorporated in unexpected and unconventional ways within interior spaces.

Why use theory?

At first glance, the idea of ​​infusing red indoors may seem daunting or even risky. After all, red is a bold color that can easily overwhelm if not used thoughtfully. However, proponents of the unexpected red color theory say that when applied with intent and creativity, red has the ability to transform a space in surprising and captivating ways.

What are the benefits of using red color?

One of the core principles of unexpected red is its ability to create focal points within a room. Just as red in a black and white photo can attract the eye and add visual interest, strategically placed red elements in an interior can attract attention and add a sense of drama. Whether it’s a vibrant red wall, a bold piece of furniture, or even just a few carefully chosen accessories, the presence of red instantly energizes the space and creates a dynamic focal point.

Red has the wonderful ability to evoke emotion and set the tone for a space. In the dining room, for example, deep shades of red can stimulate the appetite and create a warm, inviting atmosphere perfect for entertaining guests. In a study or home office, brighter shades of red can enhance focus and productivity, making it an ideal choice for those seeking to create a stimulating work environment. By harnessing the psychological power of color, the unexpected color theory of red allows designers to customize spaces to suit specific moods and functions.

But perhaps the most interesting aspect of the unexpected red theory is its versatility. Contrary to popular belief, red can be incorporated into almost any design style, from sleek and modern to rustic and traditional. I even call it neutral! In a minimalist environment, a single red piece can add a much-needed splash of color and personality, while in a more eclectic space, red can be layered with other bold colors to create a fun and eclectic vibe. Whether used sparingly or abundantly, red has a transformative effect that transcends the boundaries of design, making it a valuable tool for designers seeking to push boundaries and create truly memorable spaces.

Of course, like any design theory, the key to successful implementation of the unexpected red theory lies in balance and restraint. While red can undoubtedly make a strong statement, overdoing it can create visual overwhelm and detract from the overall harmony of a space. Instead, designers should carefully consider factors such as size, proportion and surrounding color palette to ensure red is used in a way that enhances the space rather than overpowers it.

The unexpected red color theory challenges conventional wisdom and encourages designers to embrace the bold and unexpected. By harnessing the power of red, designers can create spaces that are not only visually stunning but also emotionally engaging and memorable. Whether used as a focal point or a subtle accent, red has the ability to breathe new life into interiors and elevate them to new heights of style and sophistication. So, next time you find yourself pondering a design dilemma, consider embracing the unexpected red theory—you might be surprised by the transformative impact it can have.

He wrote a book about color

All that said – did you know I wrote a book about color? Yes! it’s called Rainbow crafting. You can find it here!

Have you tried the red theory in your home?



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