After the leftover barbecue is put away, the remnants of firecrackers and sparklers are swept up, and the American flags are carefully refolded, you might be thinking: It’s time to also clear out the red, white, and blue.
Not so fast! This classic tricolor scheme—often referred to as Americanadecor—is actually a timeless and balanced palette that designers say can work in your home any time of year.
“You’ve got blue, which is a cool color, and red is warm, plus the white to ground them both,” notes Drew Henry, founder of Design Dudes.
But you have to be careful; unless your name is Betsy Ross, experts warn against red, white, and blueall over.
“And don’t get too cheeky with everything flag-shaped,” advises Karen Gray-Plaisted of Design Solutions KGP.
Be sure to take your home’s style into account, too. Country and traditional homes are particularly suited to this color scheme, Henry says.
Oh, say can you see keeping the Americana vibe all year round? We sure can. Here are five ways to make these shades the stars (and stripes) of your home decor.
Before decking out everything in red, white, and blue, determine whether the undertones in your room are cool or warm, suggests Julie Ann Disselkamp, an interior designer and owner of Decorating Den Interiors in Woodbury, MN.
Be consistent with your shades, sticking with softer colors (rust, slate) or bolder ones (bright white, true reds), rather than mixing muted with crisper tones, points out Justin Riordan of Spade and Archer Design Agency.
As with any color scheme, use the 60-30-10 guideline (apply one color 60% of the time, the second for 30%, and the last one 10%). Not sure which color should be dominant? When in doubt, let white do the job.
“White is always a great background for a busier foreground as it becomes a place to rest the eye,” Gray-Plaisted notes.
Instead, look to fabrics, rugs, and accessories for a room that’s more refined. Want to make a smaller investment? Table linens, florals, window valances, and framed prints can all signal your national pride without breaking the bank.
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