Decorating with Red for the Holidays

At Pottery Barn, we make decorating with red for the holidays simple and easy. From decor that suits your home year-round to red pieces that brighten up the holiday season, you’re sure to find pieces you love. Frame your holiday decor with vibrant drapes that add instant holiday style and vitality to your home. Opt for a rich fabric such as velvet to match velvet stockings and felt tree skirts. If you prefer to let sunlight filter in, select sheer drapes in red to add a subtle hint of color while maintaining your privacy.


When it comes to decorating with red for the holidays, adding decorative lighting is an easy way to brighten up the space or add a pop of color. Glitter red candles add sparkle and shine that mimic the magic of the holidays. Select red votives in a variety of heights and shapes to create dimension and reflect light across the space. Adorn a simple red tablecloth with candles and candleholders made of ceramic or colored glass. Topped with a fluttering light, our flameless pillars emit a remarkably realistic glow for a long-lasting and safe candlelight display, making them ideal for homes with young children and pets.


The holidays are a time for celebrating friends and family and your decor should reflect that. Display photos of your favorite family moments and time spent with friends in red picture frames. Create a holiday gallery wall by mounting several different red frames in one space. Each year, you can update the frames with new school pictures or life’s biggest moments, such as weddings and graduations. You can even add red holiday signs that show off how wonderful this time of year is.


Use decor in your home for inspiration when decorating with red for the holiday season. Artwork featuring red hues can be played up with wreaths featuring red berries for a burst of color. Create a fireplace focal point by mounting your red artwork above the hearth and tucking greenery into the spaces between items on the mantel. For a colorful arrangement, work in red ornaments, berries and dozens of twinkling white lights to reflect the red hue across the mantel.


One of the easiest ways to deck your home out in red for the holidays is to add decorative red pillows. Use striped red and white or red and gold pillows to prevent the space from being overwhelmed if you’ve gone big with red curtains and rugs. For a rustic, cabin theme, opt for plaid red pillows that warm up your home and evoke the essence of holidays spent at grandma’s house. Red pillows featuring holiday sayings make your home merry and bright as you await the arrival of Kris Kringle. Red tassels and bows add the finishing touch to your holiday hearth.


Cozy up with the family and enjoy festive, hot beverages by the fire with red throws and blankets to suit your holiday decor theme. You’ll love wrapping yourself in red knit throws while sipping gingerbread hot chocolate or pumpkin spice lattes. Brown and white faux fur pom-poms add a contrasting touch to red throws and create an earthy tone that brightens up your home. For a subtler look, opt for red plaid or striped blankets and throws to complement your holiday decor. Red holiday ornaments, such as colored glass balls, take your color theme to the next level and play off the hues of your throws and pillows.