Red, white, and blue is a tricky color combination to pull off in home decor. Much like orange and black is associated with Halloween and red and green is inextricably tied to Christmas, sometimes it’s impossible to implement certain color combinations without the end result looking like holiday decor. In the same way, red, white, and blue, however iconic, can look over the top instead of tasteful. But it is possible to decorate with this color palette in a way that feels fresh and unexpected. Get inspired by some of our favorite patriotic spaces.
Nautical-Inspired Living Room
In any space, there’s a danger in going overboard with a theme. In the case of this coastal living room, that could have happened with the nautical accents, the red-white-and-blue color scheme, or the collection of antique table fans. Fortunately, the designer exercised restraint, so the result is an inviting, eclectic beachy space. Take a note from this space and combine a variety of influences instead of focusing on one influence. Add accent pieces, like the crab pillow and octopus wall art, to communicate the nautical theme to keep things playful, not tacky.
Blue and white are classic choices for a beach house bedroom (especially one on Cape Cod), but the addition of red accents gives in a preppy, playful vibe. Lobster-print throw pillows on the bed combined with crab and octopus wall art add just enough red to the space. Paired with trellis-print curtains and striped pillows and a bench, the pattern play in the space doesn’t feel overpowering, thanks in part to the fact that the bedroom has a bright white base.
A guaranteed way to keep red, white, and blue looking fresh is to use it in unexpected ways. In this regal living room, the walls and moldings are painted white, but the ceiling is pale blue. A bright red lantern chandelier and matching sconces pop against the pastel shade. Square ottomans upholstered in a pale blue and red print tie the color palette together tastefully. Try combining pale colors with bright, bold shades for similarly stunning results.
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Traditional Living Room
You don’t need to hit people over the head with a color scheme in order to get your point across. In other words, every element doesn’t have to be red, white, and blue. This beachy living room gets it right with curtains, throw pillows, and a tufted ottoman in the same bold blue and white print. And though there’s a bright red bamboo chair, beige and coral accents balance the space and keep the look coastal.
A dramatic bed with a soaring headboard is upholstered in a striped suiting fabric and finished with nailhead trim in this tailored yet eclectic bedroom. The horizontally striped red and white bedding creates a juxtaposition, making the space feel relaxed and casual. Additional red accents tie the room together.
Via My Domaine
The upstairs playroom of this vacation home seems designed for relaxation, with its large blue sectional sofa and cozy-looking striped armchair. Cheeky, vibrant red, white, and blue throw pillows on the furniture and window seat add extra comfort, not to mention personality. A distressed dining set continues the nothing-is-precious theme. Red, white, and blue is great for casual spaces like this one, where you can play with a coastal or patriotic theme without worrying about the formality of the room.
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Choosing a red, white, and blue color scheme doesn’t mean that you can’t go sleek and modern. This nearly all-white kitchen provides a perfect background for a bright set of red metal dining chairs grouped around an Saarinen-style dining table. An abstract piece of red, white, and blue wall art pops in the gallery-like space.
Understated Living Room
When you equate red, white, and blue with the American flag and the Fourth of July, you might considering it to be a peppy, happy color combination (and you wouldn’t be wrong). But this living room showcases deeper, bolder shades that make for a more impactful, less peppy result. The rich red sofa contrasts beautifully with the dark navy walls, and the white matting on the wall art and stripes on the pillows looks especially crisp against the rich colors.