When Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum were discovered in the 18th century, ‘Pompeian red’ became the favoured colour for dining rooms, even remaining today.
It is hard to define ‘Pompeian’ red. When you google ‘Pompeian red’, you will discover a variety of reds.
The Pompeians derived their reds from the earth, using red ochre, iron ore, hematite, madder root,…, all quite brown in its raw state. The Pompeian paint made of the mineral cinnabar, was a more brighter colour.
According to research done in 2011, conducted by Italy's National Institute of Optics, much of the red colour that characterizes the walls of the villas of Herculaneum and Pompeii originally was in fact a yellow ochre, turned red by the gases emitted from Vesuvius as it erupted in AD 79. To read more about this research, click here.
I love the warm atmosphere of red painted rooms, especially at this time of the year.
Study room at Crabbenburg Castle (Ghent, Belgium), decorated by interior designer Marie-Louise van Overdijk-Reek.
Photo credit Jean-Pierre Gabriel Source AD Russia
Dining room in a Tuscan home, decorated by the late Mark Hampton.
Photo credit Michael Mundy Source here
The discovery of the house ruins in Pompeii and Herculaneum had an enormous effect on the history of taste in Britain. Gentlemen were influenced by visiting Italy on the Grand Tour, not least the architect Sir John Soane. "Pompeian red was his favourite colour", according to Tim Knox, director of Sir John Soane's Museum.
Nice combination of Pompeian red with the stained shelving in a Brussels’ home by architects Nicolas de Liedekerke and Daniel Culot of Volume Architecture.
Warm atmosphere in an interior by Scottish stylist Rosie Brown.
Interior by stylist and art director Rosie Brown Source here
A classically styled pool house which is lined with Pompeian red walls. Bathhouse in the Cotswolds by Craig Hamilton of Craig Hamilton Architects.
Craig Hamilton Architects Photo credit Paul Highnam Source here
‘La stanza da letto di una donna pompeiana’, 1870 (oil on canvas)by Maldarelli Federico (1826-1893)
Pompeian woman sitting in a bedroom
Photo credit Foto Scala, Firenze/Fotografica Foglia Source here
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