Summer is in full swing and I just wanted to take a little time to enjoy the moment of the warm weather the slower pace of life and the smell of prime steak on the grill. As a wife of an active duty military member, the 4th has always been kind of big deal around our house. I always get little teary eyed every year under the vast sky of fireworks with my loved ones underfoot with a huge sense of pride.
In addition, I’m working a Client’s son’s room who is gaining a new sibling very soon and is now getting a new “big boy” room with a Americana Vintage Transportation theme. Which leads me to this month’s post about designing with pride and using our nation’s colors as your main scheme.
Designing with red, white and blue can make for a very bold, bright, graphic and stately presence in my opinion. You’re essentially working with two very primary colors red and blue, but don’t let the primary scheme scare you.
This can be a fresh composition by adding neutral colors such as white, black, gray or any combination of the ones stated. Once these neutrals have been added to the mix your red and blue become more dynamic and understated yet regal at the same time. When working with this color scheme in the right doses of texture, color and pattern you end with livable luxury.
Let’s take a look as some examples shall we:
First, try adding other colors that are near the red or blue side of the color wheel as additional accents. This helps sooth or jolt the two primary colors and allows for a more compelling pallet.
Add an accent color such as, pink, orange or yellow these are close girlfriends of RED so they would be a perfect companion for this combination if you were looking to add a fresh take on this look.
Not a fan of these colors? Try Turquoise, Indigo or Violet the sisters to BLUE, who would be sure to add a moodier or sultry vibe if you went to this end of the spectrum.
Next try mixing in patterns of different size, shape and scale and don’t be afraid of using all their color’s or if your more of a color phobic try a monochromatic pattern combination that is timeless and always chic
Moving on, the collection of blue and white china has long been a tried and true traditions in American interior design. This still allows for pattern in your home and you can place these anywhere you need to fill holes in your home. When you’re doing this keep them in 3’s or 5’s. Odd numbers indicate a collection rather than a pair.
FYI-are you more of a modern traditionalist like myself but love this concept? Thy this with white china against a Blue or red wall and have the same effect with a cleaner look.
Don’t forget the bling! Using gold, silver or steel is a given when designing with pride. I think of my husband’s military uniform medal’s against his dress white’s that just seem to gleam the gold buttons especially. If the military is not your thing try the Industrial Revolution, American Automotive and the Speak Easy style that would all be great themes to work into your decor. The principal is still the same for the room.
Speaking of the military uniform, this is a great way to add more colors or accents because you don’t have to be literal when designing with red, white and blue. The whole point is to think about America and what is stands for and the pride that comes along with it for you. Adding military accents or motifs would be more than appropriate for this application.
Lastly, the added home decor for a party or just because you love to decorate for the holiday. Deck your front door with Pride with a handmade wreath, bunting banners, flags, holiday lanterns, and lights!
Keep things simple and decorate your table and mantel with red, white and blue produce think of things you have already that you can use any white bed sheet is a great base for table-cloth or draping over an island for food. Then just add in all the fun decorative stuff that you find your local craft or party store.
Happy Birthday America you truly are a fabulous country and I Love You! I hope you don’t CHANGE. I value the men and women who serve our beautiful country today and mourn the loss of who have passed, so that I may have the freedom I to be the woman I am in this country. Thank you America you are so very worth it!
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