Blonde in a red lace dress

Blonde in a red lace dress
Cotin Sposa Classic / CC BY-NC-ND

A blonde in a red dress is as iconic as it gets, and this fine blonde woman in a classic red dress with heavy skirt and a fitting bodice is even better and more iconic. I’m fairly sure this was taken keeping historical romance novels in mind. Could easily be a cover image.

Speaking of corsets and bodice ripping, the piece worn in this picture is quite nice. Not so loud as to be all in red, this bodice is made of a dark pink fabric, overlaid with white lace, and punctuated by red satin lines which follow the lines of the body and perfectly accentuate all the right curves. This probably will look like a bit much on a red head, but I’d still love to wear that lace corset.

Red chandelier over a minimal dining table

Red chandelier over a minimal dining table
coco+kelley / CC BY-NC

I love modern, minimal interior design with classical trims and motifs. This dining room with wood panel flooring and very traditional wooden doors is the perfect example, with it’s sleek dinning table to offset it’s classical influences. The absolute cherry on top is the striking red chandelier hanging over the table. I assume it’s red plastic, or metal painted red for the main structure of it. Combining that with many hanging threads or chains, gives the chandelier the appearance of giant red tassels. It is quite the striking conversation piece and visual accent to the room.

At night, when the the red chandelier is lit, I’d like to see how much the nature of the room changes. I assume red will go from accent to major colour theme as the reflected red light fills the white walls and the already warm wooden flooring. A great use of red lighting fixtures.

Skier in a red helmet on a slope

Skier in a red helmet wooshing down a slope
New Brunswick Tourism | Tourisme Nouveau-Brunswick / CC BY

As surely as our warm red blood courses through our arteries, the colour red has an unmistakable connection for us with vitality and speed. There is a reason the classic sports car is red. When demons are red, speed demons have no choice but to comply with the red colour code.

It’s nice to see that the red connection with uncontrollable speed works even in simpler things. This shot of a skier speeding down a slope in a red ski helmet would look a lot less dramatic and a lot slower to me if they were sporting a yellow or green ski helmet, for example. The red ads an urgency and vitality to it and with that comes the thrill of the sport and the rush and the drama of human power against the weather and natural forces, and the red of the finish line.

Musical angel in a red picture frame

Musical angel in a red picture frame
faith goble / CC BY

I try not to go overboard with my love of red art on the wall, red prints of Mondrians or old Communist propaganda posters, but I really have no excuse for disliking this one. A classical looking painting of an angel in red robes, playing a trumpet, set in a magnificent and ostentatious golden gilded frame is reason enough to rejoice, but that bright red matting border between art and frame really sets this apart from the norm for me. Sometimes painting within the red lines actually does seem to result in good things, it would seem. I’d gladly hang this on my wall, along with a host of other angels floating around in their red-matted golden frames, wearing their red robes, playing a silent heavenly music.

Stack of red cushion covers

Stack of red cushion covers
louisemakesstuff / CC BY-NC-SA

With dark woods and brick, red tones are already quite easy to come buy in home interiors, but with the Christmasy look increasingly used across seasons, a few red accents in the home can rarely be misplaced. There’s the old stereotype of women wanting to deck a home and every available seating area with inexplicable cushions and I have to admit it’s probably true. Just seeing this picture of a stack of cushions with a dual coloured cover, the bottom side red and the top a white and black plant pattern, makes me want to go out and buy more cushions. I don’t know where I’d put them, having only one couch that’s already inundated by cushions and a red throw, but damn-it, I’ll find a way. Surely, if cushions are worth it, and red covered ones more so, ones with red under covers like Louboutin shoes are an essential human need.

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