This season we’re going for a wonderfully rich, festive colour. Rouge Carmin is the sort of colour that has big power, the sort of colour that it’s impossible to shy away from, the sort of colour that just screams sultry winter evenings by the fire.
Rouge Carmin (deep deep Red)
I love the deep, textured red of Rouge Carmin because it instantly switches my mood to nostalgia, especially when in that classic, pure dark red, velvet-cinema-curtains tone. Yes, it’s true: the evocation of gold gilt mirrors, thick, detailed tapestries, and sumptuous, palatial libraries come naturally to Rouge Carmin.
Having said that, I don’t think this colour is limited to history. I like to consider all colours in relation to mood and tie in their selection to the intended feel of a space dependent on its use, availability of natural light, and the character of those that inhabit it. If you’re a bit unsure about the place of a colour with such intensity in your home, consider using it selectively in spaces that want to deliver a cosy, warm, and comfortable feel. I love it in tv rooms, studies, libraries, and other quiet-ish spaces that host visitors at set times of the day for a normally limited amount of time. If you’d like to explore a slightly less all encompassing version of Rouge Carmin look to reds with either a pink or orange undertone, which will lift it from decidedly sumptuous to deliberately delicious (okay perhaps a little too much word play going on here..!).
Also consider using this sultry colour in soft furnishings and haberdashery where a full slathering of the walls might mean too much darkness or too cosy an atmosphere (perhaps for those spaces demanding high activity or focus!).