When I teach design I spend a lot of time talking about complementary colors; these are the colors that are directly across from each other on the color wheel. Some examples of complementary pairs are purple and yellow, blue and orange, or turquoise and red-orange if you’re feeling fancy. However, of all the complementary combos there are, I’m pretty sure that red and green is the most common. It’s such an obvious scheme and we see it a lot, especially with food; it’s so pervasive in the winter months that regardless of when we see it it often reminds us of Christmas (in fact, those cookies on the right are Christmas cookies).
Given the natural color of brick, we also see it a lot on exteriors. Green makes a pretty safe but still interesting choice for the door of a brick structure.
Recently, while driving around DC, I’ve noticed two places with fantastic red and green signage that really stick out to me. In a good way. They’re by no means new, but what can I say: maybe I don’t get out a lot?
Blackbyrd on U Street is one: I don’t know if it’s the font or what, but I am in love with their exterior. This photo from The Veracious Vegan captures the signage nicely.
Another is the Morris Miller Liquor store on Georgia Avenue (riiiiiiight before you leave the district). Again, I’m a sucker for a good font, so that’s part of it. But I do love the color combo. This photo is from Kim Baker; you can see it here on Flickr or visit her photograhpy website here.
And of course, I can mention red-and-green and DC in the same breath without talking about the old Garden District. Every time I walked by it (from the old days that I used to live on U Street) I was struck by how simple and fun this building was. The photo is from Flickr user NCinDC, and can be seen here.
Do you have any favorite red and green DC spots? If so, I’d love to hear about them!