Colour theory: RED

written by Michael Jones

Dive into the transformative world of red in our latest blog, the first instalment in our Colour Theory in Lighting and Interiors series. Discover how red, with its passion and energy, can dramatically change the ambiance of your home. From accent walls to stylish red lighting solutions like our Jam Red dome lights, learn how to integrate this bold colour to create warm, inviting spaces. Explore the "unexpected Red" trend and embrace sustainable style with houseof's innovative designs. Read more on

25 shades of red

Shades of red

Welcome to the first instalment of our Colour Theory in Lighting and Interiors series. Today, we’re diving into the vibrant world of red. An evocative colour that can transform your living spaces when used thoughtfully in lighting and interior design.

The Psychology of Red

Red is a colour that commands attention. It’s associated with passion, energy, and warmth. In colour psychology, red is known to stimulate the senses, increase heart rate, and create a sense of urgency. This makes it a powerful tool in interior design, where it can be used to draw focus, create focal points, and add a dynamic edge to any room.

Red in Lighting: Creating Ambiance and Drama

Incorporating red into your lighting scheme can drastically change the mood of a space. Red lighting can add warmth and intimacy to a room, making it perfect for spaces where you want to encourage conversation and connection, such as dining rooms or living rooms. A well-placed red lamp or light fixture can act as a statement piece, creating a dramatic and luxurious atmosphere.

Red comes in many shades, from deep burgundy to bright cherry. The shade you choose can impact the overall feel of the room. Deep reds can add a sense of sophistication and elegance, while brighter reds can inject a playful and energetic vibe. Consider the function of the room and the mood you wish to create when selecting the right shade of red for your lighting.

Integrating Red in Interior Design

Red is a versatile colour that can be used in various ways in interior design. Here are some tips on how to effectively integrate red into your home:

Accent Walls - A red accent wall can add depth and warmth to a room. It works particularly well in living areas and bedrooms, where you want to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Pair it with neutral tones to balance the intensity of the colour.

Jam red 3 light dome ceiling light

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Furnishings and Accessories - Incorporating red through furnishings and accessories is a great way to add pops of colour without overwhelming the space. Consider red throw pillows, rugs, or artwork to bring in just the right amount of vibrancy. Red furniture, such as a statement chair or sofa, can also become the focal point of a room.

Jam red 3 light dome ceiling light

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Textiles - Red textiles can add warmth and texture to a room. Curtains, cushions, and upholstery in shades of red can make a space feel more inviting and comfortable. Mixing different textures, like velvet and silk, can enhance the richness of the colour.

Signature pieces...

At houseof, we understand the transformative power of color in lighting. Our Jam Red Dome Lights are perfect for adding a pop of color to your home. Here’s how you can incorporate them:

Jam red 3 light dome ceiling light

Available in Brass and Jam Red / £279

3 light dome ceiling light - The Jam Red 3 Light Dome Ceiling Light combines the retro charm of milky glass domed up-lighters with modern brass and Jam finishes. This statement piece diffuses light beautifully and adds warmth to any room, priced at £279.

Jam red dome cordless table lamp

Available in Charcoal Grey, Brass and Jam Red / £129

Dome cordless table lamp - Perfect for adding a touch of ambient light wherever you need it, our Jam Red Dome Cordless Table Lamp, priced at £129, is available in Charcoal Grey, Brass, and Jam Red. Its high-gloss finish makes it a versatile and stylish addition to your home.

Jam red glass bowl floor lamp

Available in Jam Red / £299

Glass bowl floor lamp - Our Jam Red Dome Lights are perfect for adding a pop of colour to your kitchen or dining area. Its sleek design and vibrant hue make it a stylish addition to any modern interior. The high-gloss Jam Red finish brings a touch of sophistication and a playful, bold colour scheme reminiscent of the '80s.

Embracing the "Unexpected Red" Trend

An emerging online trend, known as "Unexpected Red," involves integrating red into spaces in unconventional ways. This trend is all about using red where it's least expected (such as in neutral or minimalist settings) to create a striking contrast and a unique focal point. By incorporating red lighting or accents into unexpected places, you can transform a mundane space into an extraordinary one, capturing attention and sparking conversation.

Style with a sustainable glow

At houseof, we believe that great design should not come at the expense of the planet. Our lighting solutions are crafted with care, using environmentally friendly materials and processes. Our solid brass caps and powder-coated steel finishes not only enhance the durability of our lights but also ensure that they remain timeless pieces in your home for years to come.

Easy Integration into Your Home

Integrating our lighting solutions into your home is seamless, thanks to the thoughtful design and versatile functionality of each piece. The wall lights and mini pendants can be easily installed in various settings, providing both task and ambient lighting. Whether you are looking to brighten up your kitchen, add a reading light to your bedroom, or create a cozy corner in your living room, our collection offers the perfect solution.

The Glowdown

Red is a powerful and versatile colour that can dramatically influence the mood and style of your home. By thoughtfully integrating red through lighting and interior design, you can create spaces that are warm, inviting, and full of energy. Explore houseof's collection of red lighting solutions and see how this dynamic colour can transform your home.

Stay tuned for the next instalment of our Colour Theory in Lighting and Interiors series, where we will explore the calming and serene world of blue.

last updated: Jul 13, 2024