Kevin Bacon painted his casing with the latest 'unexpected' color trend taking over the Internet, and it looks good with everything

The color trend that is standing out from the crowd at the moment is red – it is warm yet uplifting and a real classic

Kevin Bacon
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Since the Internet went wild for the 'unexpected red theory' we've been seeing it everywhere, from the latest brand collaboration to the homes of our favorite designers and celebrities. However, many have been using this daring shade long before it has become a trend. 

Actor Kevin Bacon had the foresight to decorate with red on his interior window casing, long before TikTok caught on to the color trend. For those that don't know, the viral 'unexpected red theory', coined by designer Taylor Simon, is the secret to making a space look better than it did before. Essentially, it’s adding a red accent, be it paint, decor, or furniture – in large or small doses – to transform the space in an instant. 

At Homes & Gardens, our love affair with red has never truly waned, so it is with great pleasure to see this 'trend' reach peak popularity once again. 

Red room ideas are perfect for those looking to create interiors with impact. While it may be a strong and confident choice, red is also surprisingly versatile, and depending on the tone, it can be used to evoke varying moods and looks in the home, say designers in the know. 

‘I love deep red hues and use them often in my projects. It’s a color that can take on loads of different attitudes depending on what you pair it with,' explains Brandon Schubert, director, of Brandon Schubert Studio. 'It’s that versatility that makes deep rusty reds a perfect choice for joinery.’ 

A deep and interesting red can be a miracle worker for interiors, both lifting the cool light of north-facing spaces and adding a cheerful glow to sunnier south-facing spots. Red hues are said to provoke conversation, so they work well in kitchens and family areas; the accent of rouge in an entryway or landing space will add visual intrigue and drama for what lies beyond. There are so many shades of red available, but the crimson red tone used in Kevin Bacon's home is wonderfully inviting and bold.

Shop the look

If you want to replicate the trend, look beyond paint to smaller home decor furnishings and treatments. This curated selection of red themed buys are perfect for adding a subtle and suggestive aesthetic that is guaranteed to brighten up even the most neutral space. Christian Louboutin was certainly on to something...

Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.