When it comes to Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day which is just around the corner, people think of the color Red. Red is an emotionally intense color that is not only associated with passion, desire, and love, but also luck and fortune in certain cultures. Red roses, hearts, and cupids, symbolize Valentine’s Day while lanterns, red envelopes, and paper cutouts represent Chinese New Year. The color red is said to enhance human metabolism, increase respiration rate, and raise blood pressure. With two holidays coming up soon, you can incorporate the color red into your home decor in celebration of either Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, or just because you like the color. You can give a fresh coat of red paint to your walls, create an accent wall, paint a light fixture or a dresser, reupholster your sofa or headboard in red velvet, add a red Persian style rug to your living room, or replace cabinet hardware with red lacquered knobs or pulls. The options are endless along with the many different shades and hues of red. If you aren’t ready to use red on a larger scale, go small with accessories such as throw pillows, bedding, or flower vases. Check out the images below to give you some inspiration and motivation for decorating your home or office with red home decor!