By Katie Laughridge
From Tribune News Service
While I have many favorite color combinations, red, white and blue is right near the top year-round! That is one reason I get so excited during the summer months when it comes to the forefront of my shop. While in the other months I try to stay away from making this combination scream USA, these are the months where it is easier than ever to bring out a bit of patriotic prettiness to existing home designs – even for those who don’t share my obsession for decorating with these hues.
From May to July, this combination goes from subtle beauty to symbolic beauty, where red goes from just another spot on the color wheel to symbolizing hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
If you are looking to bring a little bit of RWB into your bedroom, a patterned duvet is the perfect choice. I have been drawn to an oriental print that is trendy and classic in its pomegranate color way with bold red and dreamy navy blue creating a wonderful contrast. A lively print leaves a lot of room for fun with pillows. You have the freedom to build with more patterns and textures or even add in a seasonal decorative pillow to welcome in the holidays.
When bringing RWB onto your tabletop, it can be as easy as throwing a new linen on the table. The fun thing is it doesn’t even have to be a table cloth; we use throw blankets all the time for a fun new texture (and easy cleanup). Of course, colored glass (or plastic if you are worried about breakage) is having a heyday currently and is always a great addition to your table settings. We mix and match them with classic dot plates for a festive but not overwhelming look. For added flair patriotic accessories make for a great topper or napkin ring.
Patriotic accessories come in all shapes and sizes. From flags and swags that make the exterior of your home pop to candlesticks that enhance your home’s natural beauty. Moving your blue ginger jar over to a red and white area is sometimes all it takes to bring forth a Fourth atmosphere! I am partial to bringing in seasonal throw pillows myself. They are a quick addition to almost any room and are easy to store or stick in another pillowcase when you are done with them. They come in so many different designs there is always one I can find that fits my space perfectly.
With two little ones this year, I can’t wait to see them running around the yard under the fireworks (or hopefully sleeping through them in my newborns case!). This time of year always makes me so happy to be able to celebrate with family and friends under all of the stunning red, white and blue. Until next time – happy decorating!
Adapted from nellhills.com. Katie Laughridge is the owner of Kansas City interior design destination Nell Hill’s. For more information, contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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