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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On Valentine's Day - Associations with the Color Red

On Cemetery Wall - Grand Cayman Island
Silves, Portugal - Museum Celebrating Hans Christian Anderson
In honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I would google "meaning of color red" to see what I would find.  I found a great description on this site link to site.  I also did a quick "color scan" of photos from the past year that illustrate the vibrancy of this great color.

Wine Bar - Lisbon, Portugal
Tram Advertising Coca Cola - Lisbon, Portugal

Tram - Lisbon, Portugal
Rowboats - Roswell, Georgia

Sail - Grand Cayman Island
Red Square - Moscow, Russia

Love and War, the Nature and Culture of Red:
Red is hot. It's a strong color that conjures up a range of seemingly conflicting emotions from passionate love to violence and warfare. Red is Cupid and the Devil.

A stimulant, red is the hottest of the warm colors. Studies show that red can have a physical effect, increasing the rate of respiration and raising blood pressure.

The expression seeing red indicates anger and may stem not only from the stimulus of the color but from the natural flush (redness) of the cheeks, a physical reaction to anger, increased blood pressure, or physical exertion.

Red is power, hence the red power tie for business people and the red carpet for celebrities and VIPs (very important people).

Russian Orthodox Church - Rural Russia
Paddlewheel in Lake City, Minnesota 
Flowers - St. Augustine, Florida 
Flashing red lights denote danger or emergency. Stop signs and stop lights are red to get the drivers' attention and alert them to the dangers of the intersection.

In some cultures, red denotes purity, joy, and celebration. Red is the color of happiness and prosperity in China and may be used to attract good luck.

Red is often the color worn by brides in the East while it is the color of mourning in South Africa. In Russia the Bolsheviks used a red flag when they overthrew the Tsar, thus red became associated with communism. Many national flags use red. The red Ruby is the traditional Fortieth Wedding Anniversary gift.

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