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Fun takes on red, white and blue

Kelli Uhrich is a busy writer and active career woman from Phoenix, Arizona. When she's not writing, she enjoys diving into hands-on projects, reading, blogging, and hanging out with her two lazy greyhounds.

More than just Americana

If you need a powerful color combination to spruce up your home, look no further than the classic red, white and blue. With the right grouping, these vibrant colors stretch far beyond Americana and beach-house design.
More than just Americana

Use these five tips to make this classic color scheme work with your home’s decor.

Be subtle

To keep this color scheme looking fresh year-round, be subtle in the way you combine your elements. Use small accents of red and blue, along with large-scale white backdrops. For the most subtle look, leave walls white. Then accent with blue and red in small pops throughout the space. Art, vases, throws and pillows are great for introducing these bold colors into your home.

More than just Americana

One, two and three

With powerful colors like red and blue, you might wind up with a visual competition if you’re not careful. To avoid this, choose one color as your primary color, and then use the other two colors as your accents. Use your primary color on the walls and in fabrics where possible, and your accent pieces in groupings throughout the space.

More than just Americana

Natural touches

Sometimes the best place to find inspiration is straight from nature itself -- especially when spring-time flowers are in full bloom! Filling a vase with red and white flowers is an easy way to bring a natural touch into this color scheme. Finish it off by using a vase with blue-tinted glass, or even a white porcelain vase with a blue paisley print.

More than just Americana

Off shades

Don’t be afraid to steer slightly off course when it comes to red, white and blue. Using shades that are slightly off-shade will allow your room to look more unique, and less like an Independence Day postcard. Because blue and red are complementary colors, pairing them together in various shades will always be appealing to the eye. Choose from a wide spectrum of light to deep blues, or even from reds that lean toward orange.

More than just Americana

Add more color

For a truly fun spin on red, white and blue, add more color! Introduce one or two additional colors with the same intensity to create a playful space. This color scheme is great for a child’s room, game room or even the family room. Bright, cheerful colors are great for any room in your home that needs a quick burst of energy!

Where to start?

If you’re starting from scratch to build this look, a great place to shop is your local HomeGoods. You’ll find a wide selection of items to choose from, with budget-friendly prices. Start slowly, and then build your space piece-by-piece. Keep an inspirational photo with you in your purse for how you’d like your finished room to look. Then, as you shop, pull out the photo to make sure the items you purchase fit within your design plan.

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