A childhood love of color turned into a college-age fascination with the interaction of colors, then into a career of color trend forecasting and product development. Today, Kate Smith, CMG, CfYH, is president and chief color maven at Sensational Color, a company that provides color knowledge and know-how to corporations primarily in the home industry. Kate is an inspirational keynote speaker and seminar leader, blending color theory and psychology into entertaining and informative talks that bring color to life.
One bite into that first crisp apple of autumn and I'm inspired to incorporate this hot, shiny red into my color world. Many people shy away from using red in their palette for fear of it taking over the room. Powerful red has the ability to stimulate, invigorate, and create a contemporary feel. As long you follow a few simple tips, it can be infused into any space wonderfully.
Photo: Kate Smith
Tips for Getting Red Right
Avoid using too many colors when working with red or any bold color. Keeping the scheme to no more than three or four colors allows red to punctuate the space without overwhelming it.
This fantastic rustic red accent wall really punches up this kitchen while keeping the rest of the decor subtle. By using a simple scheme of black, white, and steel gray, the kitchen still maintains a calm feeling, even with the red wall.
It only takes one object in a vivid fire engine red (or as they call it across the pond, post box red) to give a home a focal point and brighten it up. This bold red door says "welcome" in the most beautiful way.
And if you think red is too bold for a fireplace, think again...
Keep red sophisticated and luxurious by going slightly dramatic--and as elegant as possible. This living room is full of sophistication while sticking to a two-color palette of velvety reds and stark, clean white.
Yellow and red are not the usual combination for a coastal cottage, but they work well together in this space. Experiment with red and you never know what you'll come up with.
Red is a fun, vibrant color choice that can be used in any space. A small red pillow or a hot, red lamp, any accent will instantly make an old room fresh again. Try taking the bite out of red and let me know how you incorporate it in your home.