Patriotic decor: Show your red, white, and blue

May 13, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Most people don't automatically jump at the idea of decorating when they think of Memorial Day and Fourth of July, but since many people use these holidays as an excuse to play host or hostess, this is a fantastic day to re-work your current home decor to include a patriotic touch. Use these patriotic holidays to deck your home in the traditional red, white and blue with these quick and easy tips.

Decorating for Memorial Day and Fourth of July

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Spruce up a dull bedroom by using a vintage flag-print fabric as a duvet or bedspread. Top off with basic white pillow cases for a look that's sharp, but still a bit understated.

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Mix and match red poppies, white geraniums and a few blue hydrangeas for a bouquet that gives a cheerful pick-me-up to any room. It's also a great table setting or centerpiece for family get-togethers and outdoor barbecues.

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Use a traditional red and white checkered tablecloth for the dining table. For additional contrast, use blue glass plates and glasses for serving food. If a tablecloth isn't available, pick up a few red and blue bandanas and use them as placemats.

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Purchase terracotta planters and use a glossy finish paint to make the pots red and blue. Use them to re-pot houseplants to place on the porch or inside your home. Basic wall paint sold at any hardware store will do the trick.


Use red, white and blue tea lights in old jelly jars for outdoor lighting on tables or on outdoor walkways. During the day, it will look like typical decor, and in the evening, your sidewalk will be filled with twinkling lights illuminating the outdoors.

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Pictures courtesy of Janie Gore, Jaine's World

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