Why Patriotic Decorating Doesn’t Have To Be Bold

Patriotic decorating means different things to different people.  Dislike bold color? Pastels can be a bit of a gutsy move when it comes to decorating for a patriotic holiday, but I feel that subtle statements are always best. I’m a flag waving patriot as much as the next guy and I will be hanging that American flag proudly on our front porch. When it comes to the inside of my home, I prefer pastels and I wanted to share what I’ve put together to inspire you.

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Why Patriotic Decorating Doesn’t Have To Be Bold

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My version of red, white and blue is softer and I’m good with that. I’ve opted for blush or peach…which is red in the color wheel spectrum with lots of white mixed in to tone it down. Some more of the stunning David Austin roses that I’ve been sharing with you are in a vintage French pickle jar that just happens to be aqua.

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Aqua is a pastel version of the mix of blue, green and white when you are painting and I’ve taken my blue cue from that. On my bottle drying rack I have a collection of vintage and authentic French yogurt jars on display. I sometimes keep this tucked away in a cupboard in the laundry room and bring out the jars to use as juice glasses. I love it when I can think of new ways to utilize old objects and repurpose them!

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Soft pastel romantic color that lets the light shine through, even on this dark photographic day.

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A chair switcheroo as I shopped my own home for white chairs to put at the dining table and they’ll stay there for at least a couple of weeks. So that is the white…and now we have a defiant mix of “red, white and blue” that fits into my world well.

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I brought out my collection of about 10 of these vintage European syphons last week and how I keep my decorating fresh is to do a seasonal switch. These have been stored in those laundry room cabinets I talked about and it’s like Christmas when I get in there and grab things I haven’t seen in awhile to style!
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The indigo African mudcloth that I shared in THIS POST is draped across this vintage wood ladder for some delightful blue. I tried laying it across the table but it was a little small and didn’t look so great. Rule of thumb? No rules…. just try things out until you feel that it looks right and you love it!
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Red transferware that has faded to almost a pink over time. This platter is about 100 years old and has seen much use.

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  1. I like this idea. I don’t have any real red in my house, except for my Sakura Flag dishes which are quite spectacular and collectible, I’ve learned.

    I’m going to follow your idea and go softer in the patriotic theme. Thanks for the inspiration

  2. Hi Janet!! Love this idea!! I do have some red, white, and blue on my entertainment center but I am really paring it down. It is all decor I already had and that is good for me. I love the aqua! My absolute favorite! Happy Independence Day!! ????????

  3. I love this Janet. I am a neutral girl so this is really pretty to add into my decor too. Love the soft and subtle patriotic decor. Happy 4th.

  4. Pricilla Minter says:

    I am a neutral girl myself. Love white and aqua and pastels.
    Thank you for your website it’s always beautiful and refreshing and just right for me.
    I live in the panhandle of Texas and it’s dry and hot.
    Thank you for bringing more beauty into the world for us to enjoy.
    Happy 4th of July??????

  5. Love it Janet!….my pink/blushy sofa will be in the great room in the rental….so moving forward will have to be softer colors…which will also be in the new house too (in a year!)
    Happy 4th!

  6. Angel Williams says:

    Super clever of you as always. Styling is lovely as well as unique. Options we mightn’t have thought about. Fantabulous❣️