Your favorite steakhouse is definitely onto something. In the presence of red, we tend to eat more – and eat longer – so it’s a popular choice for restaurant décor. Menus too! Red meat, red wine and red velvet cake need only those three little letters to entice us with an intensely flavorful experience.
That’s because red stimulates our brain’s pleasure center, enhancing glandular activity and urging us to not only savor our food but lose track of time while we enjoy it. The color d’amour actually does all sorts of wondrous things to our bodies. It raises blood pressure and heart rate, heightens our senses and evokes strong emotions (which is why red-hot passion only comes in one color).
Red draws the eye’s attention, so it’s heavily favored by advertisers in marketing their brands. Wearing red apparel tends to boost one’s confidence, authority and attractiveness. It’s said to be the most advantageous “power” color to wear to job interviews, first dates and even in the sports arena as research shows that athletes in red tend to win slightly more often.
In home decor, vibrant red really brings the wow factor. Here are a few tips to tame the flame:
Disclaimer: There are no bad colors, only poor design choices. Many of the moods and reactions associated with certain colors are directly linked to past personal experiences and influences. Side effects may include relying too much on favorite or “safe” shades and the inability to try different hues. We firmly believe that every color has uniquely positive traits and, when used as directed by a professional, the potential to inspire and elevate really great living spaces. Ask our design team for details.