Three cheers to the red, white, and blue for their stamp on an aesthetic that is truly all-American.
Within the vast area of the United States, decorative syles change from region to region. Seaside homes in New England use maritime objects to establish their whereabouts, while in the country's opposite corner, Mexican-influenced pieces mark the Southwest. But from sea to shining sea, there is one decoration indigenous to all 50 states.
The American flag is synonymous with great style. Ralph Lauren wove the stars and stripes into his coveted sweaters. Jasper Johns famously painted the flag on a piece of plywood. For years, it's been a pop culture honor for the recording artist chosen to belt the anthem about this star-spangled beauty at the Super Bowl. Neighborhoods are dotted with USA's symbol come Fourth of July. But don't let your tribute to Old Glory stop on the front porch for that one day in the summer. Plenty of interior spaces and merchandise have reaped the style perks from the stars and stripes.
By Krissa Rossbund
A 48-star flag commands a salute in this family room, painted marine blue. Needlepoint star pillows top the comfy seating pieces.
Blue-and-white rugs are casually overlapped, New England style, in this living room furnished with white slipcovered love seats. An arch-shaped niche is the perfect spot to display an antique version of Old Glory.
Twin four-poster beds show their patriotism with mismatched pillows that rest on top of white linens.
Another guest bedroom borrows its scheme, perhaps, from nautical equipment. An American flag drapes over a life preserver hung on the wall. Over iron beds, vintage spreads get a colorful lift with decorative pillows in plaid and flag-embellished fabrics. Blue-and-white-striped panels hang over the window.
This lake house begs for guests ready to celebrate Independence Day. Celebratory swags decorate the generously sized porch.
Red-and-white-striped cushions on outdoor furniture take color and pattern direction from the flag overhead.
Painted red armchairs with cushions made of a mini-flag print are inspired by an American flag that stretches the wall of a porch that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean from the Massachusetts shoreline.
Under the eaves of a historic New England colonial home, wallpaper depicting rows of books and a ceiling sprinkled with gold stars nod to the colors and design of the flag, even without its presence.
A quilted pillow offers a folk-art presentation with coordinating mini-prints used to piece together this American icon.
Decadent fruit bars are ready for a Fourth of July party with the addition of mini flags poked into their icing-topped crusts.
For patriots who are collectors, Americana from artwork and fans to books and buttons gives new meaning to "country style."
Decorative balls are striped and star-spangled in an antique wood tray.
Inspired by a red, white, and blue palette, a wall was carved with spaces to sleep six grandchildren. A curtain that stretches across each bed niche provides privacy.
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