Red on Red: Creating
Stunning Interiors Using Reds and Pinks by
Stephanie Hoppen (Bullfinch,$35)
the founder of Comme des Garçons clothing line, has decorated
her new Paris shop on the Faubourg St Honoré with a blood-red
interior. While we might not want to decorate our houses totally
in red, the color has been, in varying amounts, used successfully
in decorating and design for centuries; red was supposedly the first
color perceived by Man.
red was supposed to convey invincibility; the wearing of red jewels
such as rubies and garnets was protection against the 'evil eye.'
The color is even said to produce a faster heartbeat. Red was the
color reserved for the elite: kings, princes of the church and the
Hoppen's book, Red on Red: Creating Stunning Interiors Using Reds
and Pinks, characterizes red as the 'colour of contradictions; the
epitome of grandeur and passion,' welcoming and comforting.
it is. Cranberry glass, red roses, paisley throws, Nancy Reagan's
White House clothing (even the female press corps tried wearing
it to gain recognition from the Reagans), Christmas trimmings, Chinese
red lipsticksall reminders of how popular this great color
can be and how often it's been used to highlight an occasion or
comments, "This is a colour (she's English) that can be used on
a grand scale...red is often used dramatically, adding warmth to
the formality and conveying opulence and romance."
red is often used on a room's walls in order to turn that environment
into a richly colored retreat. Hoppen's book makes use of red in
an easy-to-live-with fashion, a refreshing approach when we've seen
cool and, yes, sterile colors dominate decorating palettes for so
Hoppen uses tasteful
examples and applications of red and pinks in every corner of the
house. From decorative elements such as Zulu marriage hats, Chinese
vases, and red sari curtain materials to a pink Hydrangea print
grounded on a rich brown velvet upholstered chair Hoppen covers
a sumptuous treasure of possibilities for the home owner to use.
There's a large deep-red
velvet pillow with leaf impressions on a couch in our home. It's
just the right touch for a room using and earth colored craftsman
Try it. You might just
find yourself falling in love with the color when you take a look
at Stephanie Hoppen's new book.
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