Not all patriotic decor needs to be themed. You can take the palette, and make it your own. As featured in Canadians House & Home July issue, you could either "simplify with solids - using monochromatic accessories to bring a neutral home to life" or you can "play with pattern and brighten up a white sofa with colorful pillows in a variety of patterns and scales in a variety of hues of a single color."

Try an impactful jolt of colour (like RED) to make a statement or flow rooms together with just a glimpse or touch of the same hue - for example of BLUE - but used more intensely in another area.

Punctuate your dining room end chairs with an injection of color by simply using runners and a lumbar pillow, or use slip covers in a single color commitment on them all. Pottery Barn has a great selection of dining chair slip covers, or if you're on a budget, pick up simple pillow cases in packs of two at your local Marshalls or Ross store and just slip over chair backs....

Revive a space by painting the floor or ceiling. Renew old furniture or a thrift store find with a shot of color. Have you ever spotted a fabric shower curtain because you fell in love with its pattern? Pick it up and it can become the fabric to update your seat cushions with. One curtain can safely cover four dining chair seats or use it as a table-cover...

One of the ways I have been able to easily recreate new looks in our home is by having a neutral background. Then it's really simple to update the accessories - especially the textiles to give our space a renewed and refreshed look...

On-Trend stripes in a Breton, awning, cabana, or pin stripe can also be added to an interior with the simple addition of window panels, decorative pillows or pillow covers, duvet covers, throws, area rugs, or even table linens. Even scrap-book paper comes in stripes, so why not try framing them for a change from a photo to update your wall art...

The avoidance of taking an inspiration too literal (like what they have been doing on Design Star this season) can help elevate a space to another level -An inspiration can become inferred rather than be too themed...

Are your true colors shining through?


How do you "Salute Summer"
and the 4th of July in your decor?


  1. Lynda you've shown us the best of the best for utilizing reds, white & blues in our interior design. All such great examples void of the 'themed' vibe like you stated. I don't have any of those hues in my home, but would I, darn right I would.
    You've inspired in a whole new patriotic way!

    Great post ~

  2. THANK YOU so much DT for your wonderful, kind, and observant comments! Glad you are inspired!!
    And thanks for stopping by FOCAL POINT.

    Happy a FABULOUS 4th!
    :D Lynda



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