Red, White and Blue

With summer quickly approaching, it is time to break out the Uncle Sam hats, fireworks (sorry pups!) and our finest patriotic décor.  While I love a red, white and blue palette, the colors are especially meaningful when we fly our flags on Memorial Day and Independence Day. The colors symbolize a great many things to Americans, and most directly, white signifies purity and innocence, red signifies hardiness and valor and blue, perseverance and justice.  Between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, the use of red, white, and blue is at an all-time high, and I love it!  While the color trio certainly pays homage to America, it is also a fresh and timeless color palette and that’s something that this design enthusiast can also certainly appreciate (and celebrate!).  There are ways to incorporate these colors into your home, from a casual pop to full-on RWB-mania as summer progresses.

Last year I had the pleasure of visiting one of our lovely customer’s home in Kansas called the Wagon Wheel (check out that blog post here for a more in-depth view).  Her home is the perfect example of taking these important colors and crafting a beautifully balanced display that takes farmhouse chic to the next level.  One lesson to take away when decorating with iconic color combinations is to choose a dominant color and spin it for your space.  This customer’s focus on using many hues of blue – from navy to cerulean – allowed for the space to welcome pops of red without turning into a statement on patriotism.

Even without this being an existing color palette in your home, a few choice accessories can turn your space into a summer-ready paradise. We set up a Memorial Day celebration in a four seasons room that has a festive flair, and not one flag in site! By using everyday items in your décor, you can create a nod to our flag’s colors in a subtle and beautiful way.  We started by switching out the winter table covering for a red, white, and blue plaid and covering the buffalo check chairs with a nice white and blue ticking.  We then set the table with our bright red plates (a favorite that plays into so many holidays) and accented the space with classic blue and white ginger jars.  A few throw blankets and a whimsical star napkin ring brought the vision together beautifully and without a huge seasonal overhaul.

When all is said and done, as a lover of seasonal décor I like to showcase some USA flair during the summer months! As we get closer to Independence Day, I turn up the volume on my RWB décor.  The traditional beauty of a flag banner or swag cannot be underestimated!  Mixing those traditional items with touches of stars, stripes and Americana is a perfect way to celebrate the season.  Whether you go all out for the holidays or prefer a more relaxed approach, the most important part of seasonal (or anytime) decorating is to have fun and find what makes you happy! We have a selection of red, white and blue goodies on our online shop and are always adding more so take a look and see what makes your heart sing! Until next time – happy decorating!