Colors Today – Vermilion

Happy Friday everyone! Today is another edition of our Colors Today series. This time I want to highlight vermillion! Other names for this color include “fire-engine Red” “cherry red” or “blood red” and it fell out of popularity a few years ago and is most definitely coming back but (as usual) with a twist. Instead of being used in oriental design, with lots of intricate, patterned things, it is as a bright solid brining contrast wherever needed.

It can be used as a pungent accent to very minimalistic or Scandinavian design…

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…Or in juxtaposition to highly ornate and traditional styles:

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Both of these ways of using red are highly contrasting and make the red jump out at you in a pleasing way.

The red family has traditionally been paired with saturated blues and mint. They are opposite each other on the color wheel, which means they are complimentary. However, as tonal design is coming into popularity, vermillion is being paired with colors in its own family in addition to the cooler colors. Like so:

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This way of using vermillion is also highly contrasting but in a much more subtle way. The difference in saturation of the warm colors used in these photos is what prevents it feeling too warm. To put it another way: the pink appears so soft against the bright vermillion that it creates a stark contrast between the two colors. Even thought they both read as warm, they still contrast each other, which is what creates the interest and eclectic atmosphere.

Okay, enough with all of the trend talk. Heres some good ‘ol fashioned pretty pictures!

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