Seeing Red

red violet grey

{Violet Grey on Melrose Place}

While I only wear red from time to time and don’t have a stitch of it in my home’s decor, I have been seeing red lately! Known to symbolize love, passion, courage, success, and even rage, red certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. Perhaps it is because red is so inextricably linked with the Christmas season or because I have been feeling ultra-motivated lately, but like a moth to a flame, I can’t help but be drawn to this powerful color.

red luis bustamante

 {Luis Bustamante}

red lily cole tom ford{Lily Cole in Tom Ford}

red yves klein

{Yves Klein}

red miles redd

{Miles Redd}

red madame gres

{Vintage Madame Gres Gowns}

red matisse

{Henri Matisse}

red entry

{Source Unknown}

red valentino


red rothko

{Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1954 via the RISD Museum}

red brooke shields

{Brooke Shields’s Dining Room as featured in Architectural Digest}

red dree hemigway dujour

{Dree Hemingway and Spanish Matador, Jose Maria Manzanares in DuJour Magazine}

red spin


red room



{Lauren Santo Domingo}

red twombly2

{Cy Twombly}

red miles redd2

{Miles Redd}

red tom ford

{Tom Ford}

red basquiat

{Jean-Michel Basquiat}

red beverly field

{Beverly Field}

red olivia aquazzura

{Olivia Palermo in Aquazzura Sandals}

red joan miro

{Joan Miro}

red tory burch dining room

{Tory Burch in her Sumptuous Red Lacquered Dining Room}

red shoes

red rothko2

{Mark Rothko}

redd palmer weiss

{Palmer Weiss}

red valentino2


red twombly

{Cy Twombly}

red mary mcdonald bar

{Mary McDonald’s Chic, Red-Lined Bar Cabinet in House Beautiful}

red oscar de la renta

{Oscar de la Renta}

red matisse2


Are you seeing red, too? What are your thoughts on the color? Do you use it much in your home and wardrobe?


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  1. This post is…gorgeous, beautiful, fantastic, sumptuous, inspiring, eclectic.
    I’m so glad I discovered LDV – just a couple of weeks of ago! Your photos are stunning.

  2. Gorgeous! I’m a longtime reader / infrequent commenter but just had to jump in when I saw a familiar friend in this post. I work at the RISD Museum and the first Rothko in this post is ours — we would greatly appreciate a link to its object page on our website!:
    Thanks for a beautiful post; it’s always so inspiring to see design blogs featuring a mix of art & design objects.

  3. Hoy me ha encantado el post Paloma¡¡ El rojo es un color tan vivo y con tanta fuerza y tu selección ha sido de lo más inspiradora… Pasa unas Felices Fiestas¡¡ Saludos desde Madrid, España. 🙂

  4. Love red. I don’t see it as often anymore, but my dining room has grasscloth painted in a traditional red and we love it. It’s accessorized with blue and white ceramics. But still working on adding some modern twists to the very traditional look. Go for it!

  5. I love red! It’s a powerful color…a passionate color. My house is basically taupes & creams, but I do have some red in bedding and toss cushions. I painted my front door Benjamin Moore’s Raspberry Truffle a couple of years ago. I still love it! It looks particularly amazing at Christmas. I’ve worn red in clothing for years. It’s a feel good color. A sure confidence booster. I’m not such a fan of the orangey color though.

  6. Hi Paloma – I don’t use much red myself, but I LOVE Brooke Shields’ dining room and that Palmer Weiss dresser! That Melrose Place red door is a fantasy with the green foliage and the play off the red brickwork.