Thursday, February 14, 2013

Seeing Red {Happy Valentines Day}


Mardi Gras often overshadows Valentines Day in South Louisiana, so I do not do much if any Valentines Day decorating. Once the Mardi Gras decorations come down, I have little energy to even think about V day decor.


I do take out my XOXO candle by Xela Aroma in the red currant scent (smells just like Votivo’s Red Currant scent). Red and pink rose petals are scattered around the base of the candle. Instant Valentine.

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I thought today would be a great opportunity to share with you how I use the color red in the decor of my home. Red is an accent color that I really love to use throughout my home.


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Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a color found in many national flags.

Red brings text and images to the foreground. Use it as an accent color to stimulate people to make quick decisions; it is a perfect color for 'Buy Now' or 'Click Here' buttons on Internet banners and websites. In advertising, red is often used to evoke erotic feelings (red lips, red nails, red-light districts, 'Lady in Red', etc). Red is widely used to indicate danger (high voltage signs, traffic lights). This color is also commonly associated with energy, so you can use it when promoting energy drinks, games, cars, items related to sports and high physical activity.

Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.

Red is a color that I use often because I like the mood it gives. It is perfect to use in small amounts.

I wish you and yours a very Happy Valentines Day. Much love to you all.

See last year’s Valentines Day post: click HERE

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Happy Valentines Day, y’all!


  1. Happy Valentines Day! Just love your red accents!!!

  2. I love all your pops of red in your home, Ron! That picture of the two of you makes me smile out loud! Happy V Day- xo Diana

  3. I <3 the blog today! Happy Valentines Day to you and Jeff! P.S. Your former English teacher wants to let you know that Valentines should not have an apostrophe--just saying. ;) Have a great day!

  4. Your red accents around your home add so much flair - and they're gorgeous! Happy Valentine's Day!

    Jan ♥

  5. Ron, love the splash of teds throughout your home. Have a wonderful V-day.

    Did you try the candles yet? I hope you are enjoying them.

  6. So happy you stopped by today! Red is a great "pop" color. It's just fun. When I go into someone's house and they have lots of red I know they have lots of personality. Great coral accents too- Happy "Red" Day!

  7. I love the J and the R. I can't tell if they are plates.
    If they are - and they are recent purchases - and I can find them on-line, please let me know.
    Otherwise, just have a wonderful Valentines Day.

    1. Here you go:

  8. i love all the red in your home ron. i used to have lots of red, including red painted walls. always got a lot of compliments on it but i got tired of it after 20 years so started doing neutrals.

    for some reason i can't find your e-mail. can you e-mail me your e-mail (LOL) because i have a picture of something to send my sister's lake house last weekend she had this fabulous shell that i took a picture of just for you!

    we're heading to vicksburg/natchez this weekend for a week...we took this same trip about 3 years ago and loved it so we're going back.

    happy valentine's day to you and "J"!

  9. Hey Ron;
    I hope that you and J have a very Wonderful Valentines Day!!!
    You home looks absolutely Gorgous with all of the red splashes that you have in it!!
    Speaking of red, how is everything with your Heart??? I hope that is much better. Please Take Care! xoxo

  10. Ron, I'm catching up on all of your posts that I've missed! Love using red in my decor, as well! It's just that "pop" of color that makes all of the neutrals come to life! LOVE that pic of you and J!!! So fun!

  11. I love RED too. It looks fab in your home.


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