What colour to paint…Red.

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I paid my first visit to Shepton Mallet Flea today.

In hindsight, it may not have been the best idea to visit an outdoor flea market on a day as hot as this. I was there to buy a large quantity of interesting objects for work and for some reason the most interesting objects (like the anchor and 30cm solid iron set of keys) were also the heaviest.

Being fair skinned I topped up on the factor 50  (my red face was purely down to endurance weight lifting in the heat rather than sun burn) but was continually surprised by the number of people who clearly hadn’t applied any suncream, which brings me on to the colour RED.

I picked out the burnt faces far more than any others. Red is a colour to get you noticed.

Red is associated with a wider variety of emotions than any other colour, it covers both positive and negative from courage and excitement to anger and defiance. It has the longest wavelength and plays a trick on the eye to appear nearer than it is, perhaps explaining why it attracts our attention first.

Often used to make a statement, red is not a colour to be used lightly as it is full of energy and is recognised as a stimulant so putting a bright shade in your home can put your room on high alert. Alternatively, using deeper or terracota tones can surround guests with a warm and cozy glow.  If you find a whole room a little daunting, several thoughtfully selected red accessories can give a similar energising effect.

Red is opposite green on the colour wheel so if you want even more vibrancy put them together – you’ll notice companies trying to sell red items often use a green prop somewhere in their photography to make the red pop even more!

Here are a few red things to inspire…

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Chair as seen at the Tom Dixon ‘Most’ exhibit in Milan
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Found this in Lambrate in Milan.
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Red is always heavily linked with blood which reminded me of this picture I took at the Tokyo fish market.
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Beautiful flags from a trip to Japan.
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These doors are something else. Not sure why I only took a photo of half of them though…

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Japanese Acer (again from a trip to Japan).

 

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This is back at the fish market – what an intriguing tentacle!

 

In summary, if you want to make an impact you should definitely get caught red handed!

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