“If one says ‘Red’ – the name of color – and there are fifty people listening, it can be expected that there will be fifty reds in their minds. And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different.” — Josef Albers

Hello all

Day 329 of 366 Blog Challenge 2012

Early this morning, Geoff and I were out and about in a suburb far away looking at tiles for our new bathroom (next week there will be a big bathroom makeover at our house). While we were there choosing conservative colour tiles, I saw the most beautiful large red tiles that would make a wonderful feature in our new bathroom.

However, having chosen a feature of bright orange in the heady power flower days of the 1970s we are not about to repeat this exercise! We ended up being stuck with orange when, ten years later, a pale palette replaced all that. Still, I loved those red tiles and I walked away with the lingering memory of the colour red in my mind.

The beautiful Poinciana trees

Whilst driving home through the old suburbs of Brisbane, I was amazed at the number of beautiful red Poinciana trees that are now flowering, getting themselves ready for Christmas in the sub-tropics.  Equally lovely were the Flame trees everywhere as well.

Perhaps, those red tiles had alerted me to all things RED but when we arrived home and were having our cuppa out the back, my eyes lit upon the red of the Lipstick plant, part of the Aeschynanthus family, which was looking brilliant with its little red tubular flowers.

So folks, today I am going to give you: The Colour RED. After delighting myself writing about The Colour White, I thought it only fair to write about a colour located at the opposite end of the scale. In fact, on the rainbow, red is the always the very first colour. Take note of this next time you see a rainbow.

Cutting red tape

White has it own particular charm I know, but The Colour RED surprised me with its charisma and simply wouldn’t let me go! I am inviting you all ‘out there’ to come with me on the journey of learning about this vibrant and amazing colour.

I cannot believe that there is so much on Google about The POWER of Red. If white makes us feel all soft and cuddly, RED empowers us, excites and energizes us. According to psychology:all-about-the-color-red:

“Red has more personal associations than any other color. Recognized as a stimulant, red is inherently exciting and the amount of red is directly related to the level of energy perceived. Red draws attention and a keen use of red as an accent can immediately focus attention on a particular element.”

Didn’t I tell you this? Red has many other attributes apparently: it increases enthusiasm, stimulates energy and can increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate, encourages action and confidence and provides a sense of protection from fears and anxiety too.

We use the terminology of red all the time without even thinking too much about it. Take these sayings for instance:

  • Stars in red on the red carpet!

    Red carpet treatment: giving privileged treatment to an important person

    • Caught red-handed: clearly guilty
    • Red in the face: to become embarrassed
    • Seeing red: to be angered
    • Red flag: a warning of danger
    • Not worth a red cent: having no value
    • Red letter day: a memorable, joyful day
    • Red tape: excessive formalities in governmental process
    • In the red: a term to describe an economic loss

So what does a love of RED say about your personality?  Well, to begin with it identifies you as extroverted and optimistic, courageous and confident. If you love red you love action and feel the need to be physically active and you have strong survival instincts.

This is no surprise really, considering the fact that RED energizes and uplifts us. No wonder we use the saying “the POWER of red.” It is because it is a colour that empowers and uplifts. Use it whenever you feel the need to be empowered, a bit like the women against violence wear RED SHOES when they need to feel confident. (empower-yourself-with-color-psychology/personality-red)

Now folks, I could go on and on about RED but if you want to learn more, follow the links above and read to your heart’s content. As we are minding grandchildren soon, I may need to change into something RED to empower me with some authority!

S0 now … I am going to leave you with some photos of red things just to give you a feel for the powerful COLOUR RED. Enjoy!

Sunrise over the Tower Bridge London: many shades of red

Women getting married in Nepal who wear traditional red

A close up of the flowers of the Flame tree

Red strawberries look great in their Santa outfits!

There is even a wallpaper called The Power of Red!