Eclectic red white and blue living room with animal print designed by Jamie Meares

4 Creative Ways to Use a Red, White and Blue Color Palette

It doesn’t take much for a red, white and blue color scheme to turn cheesy. One wrong turn, and you’re in Uncle Sam territory. But the good news is: when done right, this combination can be fresh, fun and invigorating. And we’ve got tips to help you to pull it off!

Add a Surprising Accent Color

Red white and blue dining room with coral chandelier via Lonny

Crisp blue and white is the primary pairing in this dining room, and cherry red is incorporated via a subtle herringbone fabric that echoes the rug’s border. This space would have screamed patriotism if it weren’t for the light coral and gold chandelier, which adds an unexpected element and softens the more traditional decor.

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Stroheim Canton Cobalt Blue Wallpaper 186725 Duralee 32519-337 Ruby Fabric Dash & Albert Trimaran Stripe Denim Ivory Indoor Outdoor Rug 187296
Jaipur CC09 Cape Cod Blue Ivory Rug 262157 Clarke & Clarke Creek Red Fabric 190719 Scalamandre WP88325-002 Pavilion Trellis Indigo Wallpaper 171562

Use Classic Lines

Red white and blue nautical kids room designed by Keith Baltimore photo by Pablo Corradi

We asked designer Keith Baltimore for his advice on red, white and blue decor, and he shared this creative kid’s room with us. The stripes on the walls are paired with a simple bed frame and nightstand and then repeated on the bedding and in the bathroom.

“When presenting a theme, think classic lines and select the accessories carefully [so you don’t] overdo it,” Keith suggested.

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Ralph Lauren LCF18880F Inlet View York NY4904BD Striped Pennant Border 260219 Ralph Lauren LCF20853F HighRock Stripe Fabric
Pine Cone Hill Fresh American Boat Navy Indoor Outdoor Pillow 20x20 205941 York NY4842BD Sailing Flags Borders 260190 Pine Cone Hill Fresh American Admiral Red Ivory Indoor Outdoor Pillow 20x20 205939

Mix in Animal Print

Eclectic red white and blue living room with animal print designed by Jamie Meares

Designer Jamie Meares is the queen of eclectic decor, and her living room is no exception. The red, white and blue color scheme is anything but Americana when mixed with a tiger print throw pillow, a Moroccan pouf, a cow hide rug and a playful zebra hiding under the coffee table.

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Schumacher Shalkar Indigo Fabric 23329 Phillip Jeffries 4818 Juicy Jute Grasscloth Chinese Red Wallpaper 208080 Scalamandre Tigre Ivory Gold Black Fabric
Dash and Albert Zebra Tufted Wool Rug 187101 Jaipur Tab01 Tabby Solid Blue Pillow 263327 Schumacher Bleecker Twilight Fabric 23359

Incorporate a Theme

Coastal red white and blue beach living room via Domaine Home

In this bright and cheerful living room, the red, white and blue palette is downplayed with the addition of warm yellow. The driftwood coffee table, textured rug and themed throw pillows create a beach vibe that instantly relaxes the room, despite the presence of such strong blue and red shades.

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Duralee Saffron Fabric Peking Handicraft Nautical Knot Embroidery Pillow Down Fill Lulu DK 65005 Tortola Navy Fabric 275023
Kravet 29701 Fabric 5692 Peking Handicraft Coral Reef Embroidery Pillow Down Fill 176718 Jaipur Nat01 Zavier Taupe Tan Rug 262836

Photo Sources: Lonny, Pablo Corradi, Jamie Meares, Domaine Home

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