Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue

It doesn't seem possible that the 4th of July is less than 2 weeks away.  Wasn't it just Mother's Day? One of the side affects of getting older is feeling that time passes faster with each year logged.  On a recent quick trip to HomeGoods for a staging client, I was assaulted in the front of the store by a barrage of red, white and blue.  The American flag appeared on everything from a wing chair to a coffee table to a bean bag. I am as patriotic as anyone but I am not sure I would want a flag chair in my living room.  But, it got me thinking:  Is it possible to incorporate some red, white and blue and the star spangle banner tastefully in one's home?

Jasper Johns (who grew up in South Carolina by the way) created the iconic painting entitled Flag in 1954.  Back then, the flag didn't appear on anything except, well, the flag. 

Jasper Johns "The Flag"

Jasper Johns "The Flag"

The flag is really beautiful when you look at John's painting.  It's funny how when you are so accustomed to an object, you stop really seeing it.  That was the point of the painting.  It forces us to really see the colors and the composition rather than the image that we hold in our minds. I could definitely see using a copy of this work on a large wall in a family room or game room.  Of course, the real thing would be much better but not available...

There are two designers who probably have done a patriotic, star spangled banner room and we should check them out before venturing any further down the patriotic theme road.  They are the firm of Diamond Baratta .  Here is their whimsical take on red white and blue:

Diamond Baratta

Diamond Baratta

I love Katie Ridder's version of the color scheme.  It is a little more subtle and a bit less Americana:

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

I love the drama of the high gloss red walls in this dining room. Normally, the red is reserved for the accent color but not in this room:

Ruth Burts Interiors

Ruth Burts Interiors

Here is a room that I could live with:

Jimmeyersassociates

Jimmeyersassociates

In addition to the Jasper Johns-eque painting, here are a few items that would be fantastic in a star spangled banner room:

So let's get the celebration started by bring some red white and blue inside and not just on the paper plates!  And a hot dog or two wouldn't hurt.

 

Happy Tuesday!