Unexpected red decor – our interiors experts recommend red homeware accessories to bring joy to your home

Unexpected red decor is popping up everywhere, and our team has already picked their favorites

A three panel image of unexpected red decor items, picked by our interiors team
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The Uplift is a monthly series in which our Style Editor Nikhita Mahtani uncovers the best small decor to bring joy to your home. She consults our experts and picks through thousands of pieces from the biggest designers and retailers to bring you the very best.

Move over, beige: there's a new trend in town. Red has been popping up all over the decor world thanks to the concept of 'unexpected red'; Taylor Simon's theory that a single well-placed red object can transform an otherwise boring room. It's a simple but effective style tip that can instantly uplift a room, effortless improving your home without any big renovations. 

To help you bring unexpected red to your home, I've asked our dedicated interiors team for their top picks of unexpected red decor in the season so far. There's also some picks from our product testing and gardens team, for some more inventive ways of incorporating red into to your decor for joyful, colorful spaces.

After looking at countless options from pretty much every decor store imaginable, I've narrowed it down to a handful of our favorite red accessories, with vases, throws, pillows, curtains, and even kitchenware we’ve been loving this season.

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Unexpected red decor FAQ

What is the unexpected red decor trend?

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In essense, the unexpected red decor trend simply means adding a pop of red to an otherwise neutral decor scheme: Think red napkins on a white tablecloth, scarlet pillows on a beige bedspread, or a ruby throw on a light gray sofa. You can use pretty much any shade of red you like, and you’ll see how it completely elevates your whole look.

Meet the experts

These are the expert editors I turned to when investing the best products for unexpected red decor.

Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe Hatton is the Head of Interiors at Homes & Gardens; she has a background in lifestyle and interior journalism and a passion for renovating small spaces. She oversees all our interiors content and is an expert at styling a room.

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Emily Moorman

Emily Moorman is a News Writer at Homes & Gardens, working across a range of topics spanning interiors, celebrity and emerging trends. Emily especially works on the latest color news, including the emerging trend of unexpected red. 

Rachel Bull
Rachel Bull

Rachel is our Head of Gardens She trained and worked as a floral designer and stylist for before joining the Homes & Gardens team, and knows exactly how to use flower arranging to bring in bursts of unexpected red. 

Molly Malsom

Molly is Content Editor for Homes & Gardens. Before joining the team, she worked at Homes & Antiques magazine and The English Home magazine, writing about everything from timeless room designs to sourcing the best vintage and pre-loved homeware, so she's well-placed to find decor to incorporate unexpected red.

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Laura Honey

Laura is our eCommerce editor. Before Homes & Gardens, she qualified as a barista and trained as a master perfumer. This makes her our certified expert for all things coffee, candles, and fragrance. She tested the Loewe candle and Dolce & Gabbana moka pot featured above.

Nikhita Mahtani
Style Editor

Nikhita is the Style Editor for Homes & Gardens, making sure our home-savvy readers are always aware of the latest trends and deepening their knowledge of classic design. Nikhita graduated with her Master of Arts in Magazine Journalism from New York University, and has spent a decade in interior design and shopping roles at shelter publications ELLE DECOR and Domino Magazine.