Rainbow Week – Red

This week we are covering the colors in the rainbow, culturally and visually.

We start naturally, with Red.


Red is the color at the end of the visible spectrum of light, next to orange and opposite violet. It has a dominant wavelength of approximately 625–740 nanometres.

Red has a huge tradition, culturally, representing danger, courage and sacrifice. But across the world, it can have different meanings. In North America and Europe, red has connotations of passion, love, and sexuality, while in places like India and China, red is more aligned with happiness and good fortune.


The young Queen Elizabeth I (here in about 1563) liked to wear bright reds, before she adopted the more sober image of the “Virgin Queen”. Her satin gown was probably dyed with kermes.

Check out some of our curated red images below, and make sure to follow our Pinterest page to see the originals.