It’s Friday again already and I’m sticking with the ‘badly done red’ theme this week following on from last week’s Redwod or Deadwood? kitchen post; but it’s a bedroom this week and red hot it is not!
Red is undoubtedly a statement colour. Strong, bold, vibrant, dramatic, energetic, romantic…. and so on and so on. It is a fabulous colour for interiors, but as I mentioned last week, a much maligned one thanks to overdone and overpowering interiors like this one.
Novice and DIY interior decorators are often cautious, even afraid, to use red in their interiors, for fear of making ‘dramatic’ mistakes and examples like this only add to and, I must say vindicate, that cautiousness.
This scheme is unbearably red heavy. Wall to wall red can work, but it needs some contrast to avoid this absorbing colour swallowing a room whole. Not only is the volume of red in this scheme intense, but the use of such a volume of gathered fabric to create wall to wall drapes and a tented ceiling, only serves to add to the overload of texture and colour which appears to bring the walls in and the ceiling down, giving the room an almost oppressive if not claustrophobic feel, despite being a good size.
A little bit of contrast is achieved with the white pendant light and what is actually white bedding, although the saturation of red colour rays makes it debatable whether it’s white or pale pink, and in my book that’s a definite no no – pink and red together is one of my pet hates and in my opinion seldom (although not never) works.
The bedding is tastefully personalised but I sincerely hope that what looks like an embellished ‘B’ is not the Beckhams’ insignia, as I would credit Mrs B’ with a bedroom a little more tasteful than this!?
The carpet has escaped the ‘red treatment’ but the honeycomb black and gold design does little to add to the confused scheme. There is an eclectic mix of furniture, lamps and mirrors which ranges from Venetian cut glass to curvy wrought iron and retro perspex (bedside table bottom left of image).
In fact, if it wasn’t for the unmistakable presence of the bed I would question whether this was actually a bedroom or the parlour of a psychic tarot card reader and fortune teller? Or maybe all that’s missing is a few elephants, a tight rope and a ring master?!So having critiqued this ensemble in such a negative way, how do I yet again redeem red?
Colour psychologists view it as a maddening colour and admittedly, in any volume, it’s probably not the best colour for bedrooms or children’s rooms, unless you want to endure colour induced insomnia, as it is not reputed to be a restful colour. After all we want to dream in colour not be kept awake by it!
All that said, however, it can be effective for bedrooms if well balanced with complementary tones.This impactive and strong hue is also widely recognised as the colour we associate with danger and warning signs; but it does have other strengths too.
From scorching fuchsia reds to warm and spicy orangey tones red is passionate, explosive and forward. It is reputed to embody depth and wisdom and handled skilfully, will deliver the ‘wow’ factor! Red is energetic, dynamic and stimulating and well suited to feeding the appetite in the dining room and bringing warmth and sociability to the living room, as it is a colour which flatters the skin.
The best advice I can give you is simply not to overdo it. Red can be just as effective added as an accent colour as it can as a block wall colour and this way you can add or take away until you find a balance that you can live with and that suits the look you are trying to create. Adding black to a red scheme can add drama (again in moderation and carefully considered balance), adding white will freshen and brighten and adding stone, beige or linen earth colours calms and neutralises red.So be daring and join the red revolution next time you plan your home decor. Just consider how many hours sleep you need each night!