7 ways to use red in your home decorating 

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I’ve written about this many times: my belief is that colour directly affects our emotional wellbeing, and it’s the unconscious reactions people have to colour that show me how effective it really is.

I’ll never forget a project I was working on where a very ‘macho’ tradesman came to do the finishing touches on a room that was majority pink. He told me that it made him feel happy. Never in a million years would that man admit to liking the colour pink, but it was amazing to see him be so positively affected by the hue.

Now, red is an interesting colour to use in your home decorating. It’s intense, with even stronger emotional reactions, really needs to be used in moderation.

Avoid using it excessively in bedrooms, especially children’s rooms. Red can over-stimulate the mind, causing restlessness, and can create a state of negativity or anger.

On the other hand, it’s ideal for vibrant and social settings like a dining room or kitchen. It provokes passion, excitement and it can even stimulate our appetite, which why so many food chains and restaurants use red in their corporate colours and logos.

My all time favorite use of red domestically is on a painted front door. It’s an active colour, full of energy and an instant mood booster. I just think that’s the best way to welcome any guest into your home.

During the cooler months of winter, I suggest using a more burnt or muted shade of red, as it feels cozier and warm.

Mia’s suggestions and tips for using red in your home decorating

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“Use a more burnt or muted shade of red, as it feels cozier and warm in winter” says Mia.

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“Red ideal for vibrant and social settings like a dining room or kitchen. It provokes passion, excitement and it can even stimulate our appetite” says Mia.

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“Red can be intense, with even stronger emotional reactions, really needs to be used in moderation” says Mia.

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“My all time favorite use of red domestically is on a painted front door. It’s an active colour, full of energy and an instant mood booster” says Mia.

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Mia Lake
Mia Lake is the Interior Design Director at Vic Lake Architect (VLA). VLA is a family business specialising in high end residential homes and boutique multi residential developments. The collaboration between sophisticated architecture and considered interiors, VLA approaches their projects holistically and cohesively. Mia’s design journey began at Sydney’s The Whitehouse Institute of Design. She was awarded a yearlong scholarship to further her studies internationally at Accademia Italiana. That year in Florence, Italy was a major influence on her career and design style. Prior to VLA, Mia’s has been fortunate to work at two leading Sydney interior design practices, Arent&Pyke and Briony Fitzgerald Design, specialising in high end residential interior design and custom made furnture. A strong construction knowledge, understanding and love of craftsmanship, and sensitivity to the client’s practical needs are the key ingredients to a Mia’s successful design. Mia loves using luxurious natural materials, colour and layering textures. She believes injecting personality into spaces and surrounding yourself with objects that tell stories of your live, makes you happy and inspires. A well designed space can truly improve the way you live.