Red is a powerful color. It's a happy color. It is the color with the longest wavelength. It is the nearest visible light to infrared. Because we instinctively associate red with heat or fire we associated being burned with red.
In Chromatherapy or color therapy red is used to induce enthusiasm and energy. It is also the color of security and power or boldness. It can also elicit an aura of sex appeal. Just think of an image of a woman in a red dress and it can visualize all these things.
In Feng Shui red enhances love and represents power. Adding red accents to your life can add a new fire to your life. Fire is the element in Feng Shui that is associated with red. Red is considered to be the color of luck and happiness in the Chinese culture. In Feng Shui it is used to ward of negative energy. In both Chromatherapy and Feng Shui the color red is used to empower and attract.
We can see the similarities in how the two philosophies view red. So how should you use it in your home? Painting an entire room red would be too much. Too much of any color can have negative effects. For red that would be to create selfishness, restlessness and aggression. Using red as an accent is a good way to introduce the benefits of red. Think about using a darker shade of red instead of bright red. Perhaps a patterned throw pillow with some red in the pattern. You could use a photograph on the wall of a red flower or sunset or use a red-toned picture frame. There a many ways to add a touch of red to a room that doesn't use red as its color palette. I am not a big fan of red, but I have tied a little red ribbon around a green lamp base. The colors are complimentary and it's a fun look.
Try a little red in your rooms and see how you feel. Share in the comments ways you have brought in that touch of red.