Decorating in red, white and blue
is not just for the Fourth of July!
This engaging color combination works all year round.
Red, white and blue is not only a time-honored, patriotic color combination that we associate with the U.S. “stars and stripes” and other national flags such as the British Union Jack. It’s a versatile and pleasing scheme that lasts all year long for interior design too!
You can use this color combination in its typical primary colors of red, white and blue – or the hues can be modified to softer pinks and muted light blues, or deeper, jewel toned sapphire and ruby. You can even substitute a neutral cream, ivory or beige for clean white to create a calming effect.
Your red, white and blue design can evoke the “stars and stripes” with lots of flag imagery and patriotic motifs. Or you can work with the colors in solids only, or with other patterns, such as polka dots, plaid and chevrons.
Red, white and blue decorating is not just for a child’s bedroom; it works well in many decorating styles, particularly if you live near the beach, are decorating with a nautical theme or have lots of outdoor space to fill with patio furniture and outdoor-living elements. Red, white and blue works well in vintage décor that’s filled with details and is equally effective in a minimalist zen design for a calm, tranquil feel.
Elements to consider in these striking colors include:
An accent wall painted in bold red or blue
Vintage or reproduction fabrics, throws, pillows and table linens
Folk art pieces with a flag motif
Antiques, including real flags and distressed wood or metal furniture
Quilts and bedding
Rugs and flooring
Think red, white and blue for a change in your home environment. It’s a look that will last throughout the year.
© 2015 Hunter Douglas