Are You a Crimson Crusader?
Same. Same. Same. Are you bored with your bathing space? If you are looking for a way to add interest and character to your bathroom without blowing your senses into the stratosphere then maybe a rosy red bath may be just the thing you’re looking for.
Now hold on a minute you may be saying to yourself. Are you sure, isn’t this color associated with heat, intensity, passion and even anger. True, yet red can also be linked with vitality and energy all positive attributes when trying to create a private retreat that invigorates and energizes your body.
For most people when they think of red they usually associate it with bright-in-your face hues that blow your socks off. That is why the majority of first time decorators are wary of using strong reds. However, all you have to remember is to use moderation.
For example, naturally warm shades of terra-cotta and wood will create subtle red-based color combinations without the risk you might associate with using the bright pure hues themselves.
Add Interest With Accents
You must also remember that you don’t have to go all out with this hue to create dramatic or interesting effects. Accessories introduce splashes of interest without overwhelming the bather yet are a safe option if you want to add energy into your bathing space.
Related shades such as cotton candy give you the option of creating gentler versions of the hue which provides the versatility for a wide range of applications that are striking not gaudy or outlandish.
Keeping these principles in mind allows you to transfer these concepts to your bathing environment to create eye catching accents amid more subdued color schemes such as an earthy palette of red browns, oranges and gold with a dash of hot reds.
Complimentary colors on the color wheel such as red and green are a classic combination (just not in their full intensity). Imagine how powerful a splash of bright red would be in a predominantly olive green and dark brown bathing space.
Warm and Cozy Feeling
Red can be used to warm mellow color schemes as you move more towards the orange end of the spectrum. Think of fall leaves and sunsets to warm a north facing bathroom. Purples add dignity. Gold and reds are natural companions when creating an opulent atmosphere in your bath.
And we are not just talking about the tried and true arrangement using burnt sienna glaze to give your walls a weathered cottage look. Ox-blood red wood varnish on your vanity or walls is a tough and long lasting finish to bring your bathroom into the modern age with style and finesse.
Sparkling chrome fixtures against a vibrant orange and terra-cotta washes on walls create an inspiring backdrop to enliven your lavatory.
If your life is lacking zing, here is a thought…of all the colors, red has the longest wavelength so incorporating this hue into your homes decor can make you feel more energetic and may even inspire you to become more active.
Keeping it Simple
Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make all the difference. A vase of red flowers on a shelf or beside your bathtub can boost your spirits as you enter your bath. A bowl of orange-red gold fish may be all the fire you need to get your day started.
Touches of red, rust or pink on your bath towels or accents on your shower curtain, even red candles in your home spa can stimulate your senses without bringing your blood to a boil. And you don’t have to limited yourself to just pigments either. Color therapy uses red illumination to warm muscular aches and stimulate circulation.
Red like most colors should be used in moderation so it’s never a good idea to completely surround yourself with this hue. Because of its high stimulus qualities this color can help to invigorate your life and health but if overdone can leave you fatigued even aggravated from sensory overload.
Add spirit to any bathroom decor with a touch of red. If you are going to surround yourself with this exciting hue, tune it down a bit through the introduction of earthy hues into the color scheme to create a bath that is vibrant yet at the same time feels cozy and inviting.