Ravishing Red

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Red is my favourite colour. It’s a very dominant and imposing colour, and I think it’s gorgeous.

In the Western world, the colour red is associated with sexuality, love and passion. In the Orient, red symbolises happiness and good luck.

This article will list the different shades, tones and tints of red. Good golly, this is going to be a long one.

Lace Insert Baby Pink Lingerie

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  • Barn Red: This type of red is typically seen in barns and farm houses.

  • Blood Red: This red ranges from bright red to reddish-brown. It is the colour of, you guessed it, blood.

blood red solid collar TShirt with sweater

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  • Burgundy: a reddish-purple colour that is very similar to maroon and red wine. It is the colour of Burgundy wine. The French call this colour Bordeaux.


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  • Caput Mortuum: also known as Violet Iron Oxide. It used to be made from mummies and has a very interesting history. Check out this awesome explanatory video from In Liquid Colour.

  • Cardinal Red: This type of red is extremely bright and is featured on the cassocks of cardinals. It is also the colour of the cardinal bird.

Cardinal Male Bird

  • Carmine: A bright-red colour obtained from the aluminium salt of carminic acid. It comes from the cochineal beetle from South America. The female cochineal is used to make hair dye and makeup. This cool video from Eve Organics Beauty will explain how the carmine colour ends up in our cosmetics. Animal cruelty or what?

  • Carnelian: Carnelian is brownish-red and is the colour of the gemstone carnelian.

  • Chilli Red: Chilli red is the colour of… well… chilli. This colour can also be found on certain flags namely Chile and South Africa.

  • Chocolate Cosmos: The colour of the chocolate cosmos flower.

Stylish Coral Tankini

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  • Cordovan: a rich shade of burgundy. The name “Cordovan” comes from Cordova, Spain where cordovan leather was produced. Curious about cordovan leather? Check out this Q & A video from Kirby Allison. I personally would never buy real leather because I am serious about animal cruelty, but I am including this video so you can get to know this colour which I didn’t even know about until fairly recently.

  • Crimson: A beautiful, strong red colour leaning towards purple.

Crimson Red

  • Dark Red

Dark Red Merry Christmas Rug

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  • Fire Brick Red

Fire brick red

  • Fire Engine Red

Red Fire Brigade

  • Imperial Red: A vermilion colour found on Imperial flags.

America patriot shirt

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  • Indian Red: Dark red pigments consisting of ferric oxide. It is opaque and has purplish undertones. Check out this interesting video from In Living Colour to see how Indian Red is used in art.
  • Madder: This colour is found in hair dyes that are extracted from the plant Rubia.

  • Maroon: Maroon is a deep reddish-brown colour.

    • Oxblood: a dark shade of red. It is similar to burgundy but has more purple and dark brown. This colour is often found in Chinese ceramics.

Oxblood ceramics

Peach Tankini

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    • Pink

Pink Face Cleaner and Exfoliator

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    • Powder Pink
    • Redwood: This type of red comes from the redwood tree. This couple thought it would be cool to drive between 2 ancient redwood trees. Wish I could do that.

Ruby Pave Ring

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    • Rusty Red

Rusty Red

    • Scarlet: Scarlet is a bright red with a slightly orange tinge. It is one of the most popular types of red. Would you just look at this adorable Scarlet Ibis Bird?

Scarlet Ibis Bird

    • Spinel
    • Venetian Red is otherwise known as English Red or Light Red. Check out this interesting video from In Living Colour to see how Venetian Red is used in painting.
    • Vermillion: A brilliant red or scarlet pigment, originally made from the powdered mineral cinnabar.


    • Wine

Red wine dress

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I hope you enjoyed getting to know the different variations of red.

So what do you think? Am I missing any shades? Do you personally know of any shades, tones or tints that can be added to the list? Please leave your comments below.

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Melodia Paris

Writer and entrepreneur. Founder of I Love Colours. I love butterflies, peacocks, rainbows and all things colourful. Connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

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