The Red Holidays of Early Spring

IMG_0025Valentine’s Day. Love, romance, red roses. You know the drill.

Lupercalia. SO much history worth knowing.

The Chinese New Year. 2016 is the year of the Red Fire Monkey  for which the key words are Powerful, Exuberant, Karmic Yang.

I looked it up. “It is just about time to….commence another epoch.”

So, hey,  the stars are aligned for painting something RED. Maybe a wall, a ceiling, a cupboard, a bench, a rocking chair?

And now you are thinking: Of course I want to paint something red, Barbara, but which shade of red?

WELL, the guys at the store, a.k.a. the Paint Professionals, and I, a.k.a. the Color Consultant, have chosen a few of our personal favorite reds and I share them with you now.

Eric’s choice is bold, classic Million Dollar Red 2003-10. Joe says the romantic Italiano Rose 2087-30 is the best.
Dennis went with Heritage Red, but I think he just said that to get me to stop talking about Valentine’s Day.

My vote went to Milano Red. Luscious.

We also took a poll of our customers and, with their permission, I share their choices:

Danielle Farero went with Rosy Blush 2086-30. Her young daughter Sienna became a bit crazed by all the gorgeousness of the reds and pinks, and in her beautiful enthusiasm she chose 15 favorites (including, but not limited to, Gypsy Pink, Magenta, Ruby Red, Bonfire, Confetti…) until her eyeballs landed on Spring Azalea 2077-40 and that was that! She took home the swatch of Spring Azalea. Little brother Gavin reached for Proposal and Grappa which were pretty sophisticated choices for a baby.

The color called Valentine’s Day and Rosy Blush were chosen by Lorraine. Ann chose Berry Wine 2003-30. Darien, a radical, went right to Purple Rain, while her mother-in-law Jan chose Damask Rose 2082-50. Jan says she IS Damask Rose.
Romey, who is a potter and studied art in London, chose without hesitation Cherry Burst CSP-1200. She says she painted a powder room in this color and I believe her.

The tally is 2 solid votes for Rosy Blush, which makes it the winner of the red contest. No need to toss a coin.

So, Fearless Painters, it’s time to embrace Red. A few photos to get your imaginations going. Let me know what you do. Send me a photo of the red in your life. Love, Barbara


8 thoughts on “The Red Holidays of Early Spring

  1. Hey Ms. B! You write the best color posts! 🖍✂️❤️ 🎈💌📌🚩❣♦️📕☎️⏰⛩⌛️⛽️📮⛱🚨🎯🏓🐾🌹🦀👠💋👣💄 Love the red ideas! M’s. M Xoxo

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  2. Honey – You are a terrific writer and I love your posts!! We are overdue for catch up. Can we make a date and I will come to you? xoxo Kate

    On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Paint and Color wrote:

    > Barbara Mayfield posted: “Valentine’s Day. Love, romance, red roses. You > know the drill. Lupercalia. SO much history worth knowing. The Chinese New > Year. 2016 is the year of the Red Fire Monkey for which the key words are > Powerful, Exuberant, Karmic Yang. I looked it up. “It i” >

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