Monday, July 2, 2012

Interiors: Patriotic Design

Star Hold Backs shown by Finestra Decorative Hardware

The week of July 4th is upon us and many of us will be spending time with friends and family to celebrate our great nation.   What a perfect time to reflect on Patriotism and how it is used in interior design not only to reflect long standing traditions, but also, the latest trends! 

Americana encompasses the folklore and heritage of the United States.  In many cases, Americana refers to a more rustic view on interior design being used mainly in country settings, cabins, and frontier homes.  This is not always the case...

Guest Suite 2012 HGTV, Chairs from Guild Master
The room shown above demonstrates a more modern Americana design.  It does incorporate the American Flag; however, the design motif is translated, not so obviously, through pattern and texture.  Here, the designer has pulled the "Stripes" out of the "Stars and Stripes" to create a play on words in the form of texture and pattern.  The pillows, flooring and drapery fabric are "striped" in keeping with the theme.  Different hues of blue and white are used in the room with small accents in red.  Bold graphic prints cover the bed and the modern metal drapery hardware anchors the crisp drapery panels within the design.

Fabrics and custom upholstered pieces are another great way to show Patriotism through design.  The two chairs shown above are created with modern color ways and an artistic graphic layout.  These designs create both nostalgia and a modern focal point within a space.

Patriotism is also brought out in design through global events like the upcoming London Olympics.  As many of us are glued to the television watching Olympic trials this week and feeling great pride in our athletes, a new design trend is "jumping the pond".  Not only is Americana showing up in our designs, but also, the Union Jack.  We can easily identify with Britain through language, intertwined history, and patriotic colors.  Therefore, this year, it only seems fitting that these two Patriotic symbols are woven into our designs and in may cases, within the same spaces.

Room by Moghul Interiors, Pillows by Horchow, Ottoman by Restoration Hardware

The silk color block draperies shown above create a bold accent for any Americana or British design combination.

Feeling Patriotic this summer?  The best way to infuse a Patriotic theme into a space without a complete re-design is through small accents like pillows, throw rugs and ottomans.  If nothing else, they will create a wonderful backdrop for watching the upcoming Olympics!

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