The Influence of Room Colors: Red

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Colors behave in three basic ways : active, passive, and neutral. Red is an active color that exerts a very powerful effect.

Red adds a higher sense of energy in a room than most other colors.

If you want to create excitement in a room, then red is a good color to include – especially during the evening. Red invites and encourages people to come together and engage in stimulating conversation, making it an excellent choice for a living room or dining room, as well as for entryways, where it makes a strong impression.

When we see the color red our reactions become both faster and more forceful.

Red has been shown to increase our heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration. It is often associated the emotion of anger. Because of this, red may not be a color to choose for your bedroom. However, if you spend most of your time there after dark, then the color may appear richer and more elegant when you see it under muted lamplight. Usually considered to be the most intense of colors, the color red stimulates our bodies and minds like no other.


Each color has a psychological value.

Think about how specific colors make you feel. Colors can evoke any feeling – from tranquility to rage. So when trying to create peace and harmony in your home, choose your colors wisely. Some colors in large amounts will have just the opposite effect on you and your loved ones’ moods.

We have the knowledge and expertise to bring out the personality you want for any room.

With a color consult from Minnihan Painting you can find the appropriate walls and colors to create the experience you want for any room in your home or business.

Watch for upcoming blogs which will give you important information, perspective, and advice on specific colors.

Coming soon: We explore the influence of the color Yellow.