There’s a reason we use red to highlight objects we need people to notice – whether they’re fire hydrants, stop signs, or warning flags at the beach. No color screams for attention like red, and of all the primary colors, it’s certainly the most striking. Red is associated with a host of meanings: passion, vitality, heat, anger, excitement and romance, to name just a few. Yes, it’s virtually impossible to paint something red without making a statement – as these gorgeous, fiery-hued windows prove.
Here’s a wonderfully fiery color combination: bright red against a sunny yellow wall – the rather weathered-looking appearance of which only adds to its charm. We don’t know exactly where in Nicaragua this building is located, but it sure looks like it’s seen some history. If only walls – and windows! – could talk.
This little red frame almost seems to hang in the sky – so blue is the wall into which it is set. Located in Sydney, Australia, this quite ordinary window is made extraordinary by a simple lick of paint in this sizzling shade – which just goes to show the power of a good, strong color.
Image: Serge Babineau
The three potted plants on this little balcony add character to an already interesting looking wall. Located on the Halifax waterfront, in Nova Scotia, the old stone wall and wrought iron railings set off the red of the window frame stunningly. No wonder photographer Serge Babineau couldn’t resist taking the shot.
Image: Tommaso R. Donnarumma
Once again we have a striking red window, this time with painted shutters of an almost burgundy color, set against a more subdued but nonetheless interesting background. The rustic looking window and wall are located in Québec City, Canada.
Image: Louize Hill
Just in case the scarlet frame around this window didn’t grab enough attention, the owners have added some bright blue shutters on either side. This fenestration in London really only needs a splash of white somewhere to make it truly patriotic in appearance! Too late for the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee now, though!
Image: Jim Paton
They say that pink and red don’t go together, but after seeing this shot we think you’ll agree there are exceptions to that rule. The lace curtains are a nice touch, too. This pretty façade was photographed in the Uruguayan town of Colonia de Sacramento.
Image: Kees van Duyn
Many of the buildings in the old quarter of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, date back to the Early Middle Ages, and this certainly looks like it could be one of them. Of course, the red paint job is definitely a more recent addition. The row of shutters is so eye-catching that they even upstage the delightful arched windows above them – at least for now.
Image: Sara Steger
This lovely iron latticed window can be found at the base of the Carillon in Richmond, Virginia. The Carillon is actually a bell tower – indeed, it’s a giant musical instrument in itself – as well as a WWI memorial. It has lots of interesting features, and this pretty red window is definitely one of them.
Image: Ann P
One might argue that this window is actually a door, but then we’d miss out on including it in our list, and that would be shame! We think the vermillion of this portal and railing in California perfectly complements the stone wall behind it, don’t you?
Image: Johanna Mifsud
If you want to see this elegant arched window in real life, you’ll have to travel to the medieval walled city of Mdina in Malta, where it is a feature on an old Norman house. We’re not sure if the Normans originally painted it red, but whoever did sure made a wise decision!
Image: Steven de Sousa
The Lighthouse Interpretive Center in Ontario is a modern building that contains the original 19th-century lighthouse keeper’s cottage. It’s not surprising that this cottage window, with its old world charm, caught the eye of photographer Steven de Sousa – who you can actually see in the glass reflection!
Image: John D. Carnessiotis
Red and white always make an eye-catching contrast. Something to do with Santa Claus, perhaps? It comes as no great surprise to learn that this vibrantly painted window was snapped in Mykonos, a place known for its wonderful architecture and colors (even if we might more commonly associate Greek islands with waters of beautiful blue). The hint of a striped curtain behind the glass here just adds to the allure of this lovely fenestration.
If you thought this historic looking window and wall have a nautical quality about them, you’d be right. The seaside town of Shelburne, in Nova Scotia, is famous for its old wooden buildings – like the yacht club this window looks as if it belongs to. The red windows add a splash of color to the otherwise slightly plain, wood-slatted exterior.
Image: Jessie Long
The underlying Chinese influence is obvious in this photo of these wonderful red shutters, perched not far above an ornate, oriental-style green awning. In China, red is associated with honor, success and joy, so it’s not unusual to find the color decorating all kinds of Chinese architectural features – like this window in Singapore’s Chinatown.
Image: Felix van de Gein
Located in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, the Faroe Islands are a cold place to inhabit – and probably not ideal for large windows prone to letting the heat escape. This quaint, more practically-sized window seems to make much more sense, and still manages to draw one’s attention with its cute red frame in the whitewashed wall.
Image: Steve Stanger
A bonus: this large, ruby colored window opens from the Johnson Ferry House in New Jersey’s Washington Crossing State Park, famous for being briefly visited by General Washington during the American Revolution, at the beginning of a march that led to a notable victory at the Battle of Trenton. The 18th-century farmhouse and tavern is now open to the public, so we suspect the bright color of the window frame and shutter is historically accurate – not to mention downright appealing!
Red signifies various concepts in different cultures. In Russia, for example, it has been a symbol of Communism; in much of Asia, it denotes good fortune and prosperity; in the Middle East it represents danger; while in some parts of Africa it replaces black as the color of mourning. But whatever its significance, there’s no denying red’s appeal in large parts of the world as a color for furnishings, doors and, as these images show, windows!