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This time of year has us seeing the world through red, white, and blue-tinted glasses, but there are too many stylish and lasting ways to incorporate the colors into your home to pass up when September comes around.
Summer starts with Memorial Day, ends with Labor Day, and features the firework-bursting Fourth of July as its centerpiece (and let’s give a shout-out to the oft-overlooked Flag Day). It’s the season to let your patriotic flag fly, its warm weather and barbecues ushering in good old-fashioned American celebrating.
Because of its holiday-studded mood, summer has also become synonymous with the red, white, and blue palette. From the flag-printed paper plates found at party supply stores to firecracker popsicles, these three colors bring pride, nostalgia, and warmth to any space. They’re a true classic, which is why we wanted to highlight some ways to decorate with them without getting that party supply store feel. Why not skip the flag plates and indulge in doses of red, white, and blue for your home that are perfectly on theme for any July 4th revelry, yet remain chic long after the last sparkler has fizzled?
To do so, we’re looking at a fresh take on Americana. Muted tones of red and blue; modern-art prints incorporating the hues; a focus on classic, all-American textures; accents that marry refined with playful—whether you want to brighten a room with a statement piece of furniture or simply set the table with some color, read on for some red, white, and blue to love long-term.
For dining & entertaining
Dress your table in those Americana textures, like denims and chambrays, linens, ginghams, and seersuckers. This seersucker tablecloth partners as well with seersucker napkins as it does with linen chambray napkins. Switch it up with a linen chambray runner, adding gingham napkins, or—for a little bohemian twist—these white linen napkins with red tassels.
Pour your or your guest’s favorite wine into something that feels just a bit glamorous with these wine goblets that come in vivid shades of red and blue. If you’re adding a cheese platter to the mix, these red-handled knives are a nice little pop.
Artful interpretations of these colors are the ones you’ll want to display all year, every year, and really make any table photo-worthy, like this blue marbleized ceramic platter. Instead of tried-and-true white candles for lighting, put blue candles in white candle holders.
Keep that artful vibe in mind to work in some white. White is always a popular option for any kind of decor, but two qualities make certain pieces work especially well for a red, white, and blue palette: minimalist and unique. Minimalism helps items in white play effortlessly against reds and blues, while uniqueness makes perennial white feel striking. Try these beautifully simple vases (especially with red blooms), or go a little more standout with country-chic glass hens or this quirky porcelain coffee filter bowl or ice cream cone.
For the bedroom & living room
Start from the ground up. This tasseled rug is a tactile burst of blue. For the globetrotters whose aesthetic skews a little more wanderlust-y, there’s this fringed chevron rug in red. On the flip side, this geometric patterned rug works the whole color trio into a contemporary mix.
If you’re in the business of going bold, a single piece of furniture in a brilliant color can refresh any room. This rose butterfly chair is more casual in attitude, while this blue armchair has a sophisticated look. You can house your wine in a deep red wood cabinet, or punctuate your living room with this chic navy surfboard coffee table.
More opportunity for texture comes from your bed, couch, and even favorite comfy chair. Add a cozy quilt with a nautical red and white pattern, and opt for indigo-dyed linen pillows. This American flag throw is obviously ready for Independence Day gatherings, but is also a preppy (and soft) accent all year round.
Do you have trusted red, white, and blue decor items you use long after Independence Day? Share them with us in the comments below.