Don’t Need, But Want: Red, White, and Blue Décor
redCome summer, I am all about the red, white, and blue. I’m sure I can credit the Fourth of July fanfare for some of my swelling patriotism, but perhaps I just like the casual cool of Americana style.
That said, I’m a city mouse, and modern is more my thing. So this season, I’m working homeland hues into my home in ways that feel current but not kitschy.
Do I need star-spangled style? No, but I sure do want it.
My bright white walls mean I automatically have one of the three shades covered. Still, I can always use more storage, and white is always right for displaying knickknacks, stashing books, and keeping things looking tidy. Way Basics’ 4 Shelf Malibu Storage unit in white is perfect for the task.
Speaking of knickknacks, I am definitely adding this adorable 4-by-6-inch Wainscot Picture Frame to the shelf. With navy blue rope details, it hits the perfect (almost too perfect) preppy note. Fortunately, its clean lines and rich colors keep it contemporary.
Dark curtains are too heavy for summer, plain white ones too dull. The zigzag pattern on the Zigami Rod Pocket Window Curtain Panel adds panache without being over-the-top. I really love the persimmon color; it’s soft — almost like a chambray — but still reads as red. I’m also tempted by the no-less-than-three shades of blue available in the same pattern. Decisions, decisions.
This hanging Metal Star Wall Plaque Collection is a bit obvious, but it quickly conveys the Americana design scheme. Elevate the weathered metal plaques by displaying them in a knowing, simple way. I envision it as a sort of a hanging triptych, with the three elements creating Americana art over a sofa, mantel, or other prominent place.
Pillows That Pop
The neutral linen fabric on these square red, white, and blue throw pillows really make the satin-tape embellishments pop. The key to using this color palette is mixing brights and lights — otherwise, your home will look like a big flag. So, I’ll stick to all-white or white and whatever color works better.
A Righteous Rug
Patriotic colors don’t have to be Pantone-perfect. This gorgeous, geometric hand-woven wool rug blends royal blue, coral, and cream colors for an Americana look that is more sophisticated. The honeycomb pattern makes a strong statement, so the rest of the space should mostly feature complementary decor that doesn’t compete for star status.
Great looking, functional, multipurpose pieces are a must for my family. Safavieh’s elegant Palmer ottoman works beautifully as extra seating, a stylish footrest, or even as a place to plop down a tray. It comes in tons of colors and patterns, but I’m partial to the red on taupe checkerboard upholstery. I’m also a sucker for the nickel nail heads — they make any accent a bit snazzier and work with a range of interiors.