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The Power of Red

Colors are magical. Each one has it's own meaning, traits, and personality. Red is one of the most powerful and passionate.

The power of red

The power of red

How To Use The Color Red

  • Use when you don't want to fade into the background.
  • Use when you want to grab a person attention or to get people to take action.
  • The color red when worn by a woman is associated with sex appeal.
  • Red stimulates energy.
  • When a red tie is worn by a man it is associated with power.
  • Wear red when you want to present yourself as bold and dynamic.
  • Wearing red can boost your confidence.
  • Red increases enthusiasm.

Positive Traits of Red

  • stimulating
  • exciting
  • powerful
  • energy
  • action
  • attention-getting
  • courageous
  • determined
  • strong
  • assertive
  • speed
  • confident
  • driven
  • spontaneous

Negative Traits of Red

  • ruthless
  • domineering
  • rebellious
  • brutal
  • aggressive
  • fearful
  • intolerent
  • quick-tempered
  • obstinate
  • resentful
  • over-bearing
  • angry
  • violent

The Language of Red


  • red eye - an overnight flight
  • red carpet treatment - making someone fee3l like a celebrity
  • red letter day - important occasion
  • paint the town red - celebrate
  • red sky in the morning, sailor's take warning,;n red sky at night, sailors delight - Pay attention to both good and bad warning signs


  • red herring - something that decieves
  • red flag - denotes a warning or danger
  • seeing red - being angry
  • in the re - being overdrawn at the bank

Red Quotes

  • Red is a color associated with poison, passion, and seduction. - Aromascope
  • When in doubt wear red. - Bill Blass
  • Red is the ultimate cure for sadness. - Bill Blass
  • A blonde in a red dress can do without introductions - but not without a bodyguard. - Rona Jaffe
  • I love red so much that I want to paint everything red. - Alexander Calder
  • Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall in love with a gorgeous redhead. - Lucille Ball
  • If one says 'Red' - the name of color - and there are fifty people listening, it can be expected that there are fifty reds in their mind. And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different. - Josef Albers

Red Fun Facts

  • The color red does not man bulls angry, they are color blind.
  • Red gets noticed more and makes the wearer look heavier.
  • The highest percentage of natural redheads born in the wold is in Scotland. (13%)
  • Red cars are popular targets for thieves.
  • Red bed-clothes were customary in Germany up to the Middle Ages as protection against "red illnesses" such as fever, rashes or even miscarriages.
  • Red is most often used as an accent color when decorating.
  • Red also means 'beautiful' in Russian
  • The red stripes on the American flag stands for courage.
  • Bees are thought to sting redheads more often than others.
  • Red is the color most chosen by extroverts.
  • Seeing even a hint of red on an exam can effect the students performance. They associate the color red with failure because of the red ink used to typically grade exams.
  • Red roses symbolizes passionate love.
  • Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
  • Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
  • In China the color red is the color of prosperity and joy.


Shades of Red

  • amaranth: reddish-rose
  • burgundy: purplish red
  • carmine: deep red
  • cardinal: vivid red
  • carnelian: rich shade of reddish - brown
  • coral: pinkish-orange
  • crimson: stong bright deep red
  • fire engine red: intense bright red
  • magenta: purplish-pink red
  • maroon : rich dark red
  • Parisian red: deep reddish orange
  • persimmon: medium orange red
  • ruddy: reddish-rosy crimson
  • sangria: burnt red
  • scarlet: bright red
  • vermilion: opaque orangish red

Red is the color of passion

Red is the color of passion

What is the color red?

  • Red is the color of passion, it is always strong, never weak.
  • Red demands your attention, frequently taken your attention from other colors in the spectrum.
  • Red increases enthusiasm, and encourages action and confidence.
  • Red stimulates energy
  • Red raises blood pressure, heartbeats and pulse.
  • Red provides a sense of protection anxiety and fears.

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Red is such an interesting color to correlate with emotion, because it's on both ends of the spectrum. On one end you have happiness, falling in love, infatuation with someone, passion, all that. On the other end, you've got obsession, jealousy, danger, fear, anger and frustration.

— Taylor Swift

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Susan Hazelton


Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 26, 2012:

2patricias, many people use red as accessories. The red handbag and shoes are the perfect accessory.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on April 25, 2012:

This is an interesting hub. Neither of us wears red very often - but we both own red handbags (purses to an American) as they add colour to a neutral outfit. And red shoes - what fun.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 18, 2012:

sammimills, I think that your favorite color does tell you something about your personality. Red is a powerful color, also creative.

sammimills from California, USA on April 18, 2012:

Very informative hub!Red is also my favorite. I love wearing red especially the accessories. Thank you for sharing cool ideas about this color. Do you believe that your favorite color also reflects your personality? Just a thought. :D

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 17, 2012:

Thanks alocsin. Red is actually my favorite color. Once I started researching it I couldn't stop.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 15, 2012:

You certainly have "red" covered in this hub. I especially like the shades and all the different words we have for the color. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on March 25, 2012:

RedElf, years ago I did Color Analysis - telling people what colors went with their skin, hair, eyes, etc. I found out that the winter solors were the best for me. Red is a winter color - I was thrilled. I have been wearing shades of red all my life, now I was told that it was right for me. Of course, if it had been wrong I would have accessorized to the hilt with red. The color somehow draws me.

RedElf from Canada on March 24, 2012:

Too cool! What an nifty hub, Gal. I love almost all shades of red, particularly in flowers, but can only wear certain shades, so I use it more to accessorize.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on March 23, 2012:

Rusti, I love to wear red whether I look heavier or not. :) Thanks for reading.

Ruth McCollum from Lake Oswego, Oregon on March 23, 2012:

I never knew red stood for so many things.I wondered why I looked heavier in red. Now I know!lol great job! loved it!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on March 23, 2012:

How true dahoglund. I love the color.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on March 22, 2012:

Red stands out visually and grabs attention.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on March 22, 2012:

Thanks you very much Prasetio. I like color susrrounding me and since red is my favorite I started with it. Who knows I may go through the whole color spectrum.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on March 22, 2012:

Londonlady, I will be going over to read you color symbolism article. Thanks for reading mine.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 21, 2012:

Very inspiring hub. Thanks for share great information about red. Red is hot and full with energy. I love the way you introduce this color with us. Good job and rated up!


Deya Writes on March 21, 2012:

This is a very informative hub. I have one on color symbolism and what your favorite color says about your personality, but it's not nearly as in depth as this. Great info, voted up and useful!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on March 21, 2012:

Peggy W. red is my favorite color - I wonder what that says about me. I like to wear it but draw the line at painting my walls with it. Like you I believe it's a little too much of a good thing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2012:

I did not realize all the many positive as well as negative connotations when it comes to the color red. I know that I like it in clothing and flowers but wouldn't want to live with the color red painted on one of our home walls. That might be a bit much! Good job! Voted useful, up and interesting.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 21, 2012:

Very interesting and useful. So many observations on red color. I love your hubs. You project an interesting angle on every topic you write. Refreshing and amazing time after time. I enjoyed reading this. Voted up as always.

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