Did you know that red was the first color after black and white to be named? It has been found in cave paintings dating from 15,000 B.C., is the most frequently found color on national flags, and is rife with symbolism (the Red Scare anyone?). Here, we offer a look at residences that make the most of the bold hue.
A modern home in Lima, Peru, snakes its way through a tree-studded garden full of suprising features, such as a bright red open staircase. The walls are covered in Graniplast, a tinted acrylic finish, which was picked out by Nathan Pereira Arquitectos y Diseño.
The owners of a geometric desert home in Phoenix, Arizona, decided to keep a set of bright red stools that belonged to a previous resident. They add a splash of color to the otherwise muted living-dining area.
The stairwell is the bright core of a minimalist house in Washington. Inexpensive metal railings are set inside and painted the same red to disappear into the stairwell. When residents want privacy (from the outside world or from other family members), sliding curtains, like this one dividing the office from the staircase, create temporary walls between rooms.
By inserting a tunnel made from 36 reclaimed commercial doors and tearing down a handful of walls, LOT-EK and contractor Andreas Scholtz brought light into the formerly unused dark hallway in a New York City apartment. The glossy Safety Red paint by Benjamin Moore catches the light by day but “becomes a richer, darker, very relaxing red at night,” resident Jorge Fontanez says. The reused doors serve as more than floor, walls, and ceiling; several are still functional. In the dining room, the benches lift up for storage, and doors on either side of the banquette open to reveal closets.
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The bathroom of a modern southwestern abode retains the spirit of Arizona heat with its shocking magenta ceilings, floors, and walls. The vanity is anything but—opting for art instead of a mounted mirror—and is made from sanded and sealed oriented strand board (OSB), a waste material typically used in framing.
Architect Jayna Cooper kept the fixtures rather humble in her affordably designed modern house that cost just $200 per square foot, but she did run a splashy red motif throughout. The pillars make a statement with Painter’s Choice Gloss Apple Red.
The red-and-gray Vermont cladding from Everite’s Nutec line makes architect Gavin Rooke's South Africa house an instant landmark (and a good deal warmer come winter) in a region full of rustic steel barns. “The color scheme pushes the envelope,” Rooke says. “This town could do with some color.”
Architect David Sarti used cement board to clad his Seattle home. Painted red and buffered from the walls of the house with a complex flashing system, the boards give the house a geometrical depth, as well as shielding it from the seemingly constant rain.