By Alex Redgrave

Published on February 17, 2017

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Photography by Hôtel Particulier (Le Très Particulier bar)

Racy and vibrant, red symbolizes power and passion. In other words, no one puts this color in the corner—or if you do, it will take over the whole room anyway. Red revs up the appetite and stirs strong emotions, so add a splash of crimson to your space if you need more energy flowing around—along with good luck; the fiery hue equals good fortune in many cultures. A bright red lip is an instant face refresher, or go bold and try a red lightbulb in the bathroom for an arty, darkroom vibe. According to sleepy jones creative director Katie Hatch, “Red has a special place in my heart. When I went through my first mid-life crisis, I became obsessed with Jack White, who reminded me of the power of color—especially red. After I watched all the available White Stripes videos, I started wearing all-red outfits. And you know what? It is a power move. I return to that idea whenever I need an extra boost,” she says.

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Photography by Meghan McNeer (Russian Tea Room); Hôtel Particulier (Le Très Particulier bar). Credits clockwise from bottom right. Design by Phuong Nguyen

Where to Eat


The places to soak up your favorite palette, from a Manhattan dining institution to a chic Parisian bar.
Russian Tea Room, New York City
Le Très Particulier bar in Hôtel Particulier, Paris

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Dreamy color moments to surround yourself in.
Madonna Inn, California
Chateau Castigno, France

 

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Photography by David Keith via Flickr (San Antonio Public Library)

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Red-hued places to spice up your travels.  
Electric Cinema, London
Palais Garnier, Paris
San Antonio Public Library, Texas
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Explore These Natural Wonders


Go outside to get your red fix.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Red Beach, Panjing, China
Red Rocks, Sedona, Arizona

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Photography by Katie Hatch (telephone); Calibas via WikiCommons (Golden Gate Bridge); Gary Knight via Flickr (Electric Cinema). Credits clockwise from bottom right. Design by Phuong Nguyen

Press Play


Put these jams on repeat for the color-inspired soundtrack to your life.
“Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Red” by Taylor Swift
“Made In The Shade” by The Rolling Stones

Inspirations on Film


Recreate sets from these cinematic wonders.
The Woman in Red
The Red Shoes
Flight of the Red Balloon 
Three Colors: Red
Amelie 
The Red Desert
Valentino: The Last Emperor
American Beauty 
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (yep, that darkroom scene)

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