Radiant and bold, this patriotic palette shouts summer style and adds spirit to any interior.
Tranquil blue and white, seen in these pretty patterned drapes, make the perfect foil for fiery red. Because the spicy shade is effective at getting attention, it’s an excellent color for creating a focal point in an airy sea-and sand-hued space.
The contrasts between red, white, and blue make the palette well-suited for color blocking, where solid splashes of each shade stand next to each other with no transition.
When decorating with bold primary colors like red and blue, you can go a little wild with patterns and still have a sophisticated look. Plaids, toiles, and even graphic zigzags work harmoniously. Try mixing up the scale of patterns—and to work with shots of single hues—to keep things balanced.
The harmonious mix of one warm, one cool, and one neutral color works well for a range of styles, including of course, nautical.
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Don’t be bashful―go ahead and mix stripes with patterns. Remember: Reds will dominate and blues will recede, so be judicious when placing reds throughout your home. Use them as vibrant accents, and let blue tell the story.