Red is a color of extremes. It is associated with love and war, desire and danger, and with adventure and power. Red’s emotionally intensity raises blood pressure, increases respiration rate, and speeds metabolism. I couldn’t help but be intrigued, then, when I saw the glossy walls of this Manhattan apartment, designed by Philip Gorrivan. If only these lacquered custom candy apple red (from Fine Paints of Europe) walls could talk.

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A collection of black and white fashion photography by Lillian Bassman is hung as a gallery wall rather than a grid “to make it less serious and more fun and young,” Gorrivan says.

Red lacquered walls take center stage in this Manhattan Living Room designed by Philip Gorrivan, via @sarahsarna.

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Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Author at, empowering women to decorate and dress with confidence.

  • Sammy

    amazing apartment good

  • Gorrivan is so talented! Hope you’re having a wonderful week, Beth and Kristy!

  • What an amazing apartment and we love everything Phillip Gorrivan touches…gorgeous! Hope you’re having a great week, Sarah!