Three cheers for the red, white and blue! Americana decor is certainly patriotic, but too many of the wrong accents can make your living room look like the party store exploded. Try a light touch, however, and you can stylishly update your space, just in time for Fourth of July festivities.
Patriotic String Lights ($34.95 at Crate & Barrel)
Get the party started with a set of indoor-outdoor globe lights. These have just the right understated ambience.
DecoArt Americana Decor 16-oz. Legacy Chalky Finish ($15.98 at Home Depot)
Whether it’s a beaten-down flea market find or a boring item from a mass merchandiser, this ultra-matte paint can turn blah furniture into pricy-looking Americana. Bonus: Most surfaces don’t need pre-sanding, priming or more than one coat, so your DIY project won’t take all D-A-Y.
Stars & Stripes Kitchen Towel ($8 from Sur La Table), Heavyweight Striped Kitchen Towels in Blue and Heavyweight Striped Kitchen Towels in Red ($9.99 for 3-packs of each at Bed Bath & Beyond)
My most stylish friend always used layered kitchen towels to casually decorate her table. They do double duty as guest napkins for your picnic, too. The best part is the more you wash them, the cooler they look.
Stars Embroidered Pillow Covers ($39 at Pottery Barn)
Pillows: not just for chilling out. They’re also about the easiest way to change the entire look of a couch or chair.
Americana Sisal Stars ($8.95 each at Pier 1)
Hang these anywhere you need a touch of something special.
Galvanized Metal Star Condiment Set ($19.50 at Pottery Barn)
You’ll want this out all summer long—and let’s be honest, beyond! Christmas be darned!
Martha Stewart’s Star-Spangled Melamine Collection (starting at $4.99 at Macy’s)
Martha Stewart has the answer for everything. Stock up and use these to make your kitchen, dining room or patio more colorful.
Americana Personalized Pie Dish ($45 from Etsy seller ThePigPen)
There’s a reason they say “as American as apple pie.” We’re loving this dish, made right here in the USA.
Red, Blue & Clear Bottle Vases ($8.98 at Terry’s Village)
Grouped together, these make a bold statement.
Rustic Star Drawer Pulls (6 for $7.98 at Oriental Trading)
It’s costly to replace cabinets and dressers. Instead change the drawer pulls for a fresh look.
Reversible Patriotic Freedom Indoor/Outdoor Pillow ($19.99 at Houzz)
This, too, is rustic and understated. Perfect for the porch swing.
Star Pillows ($7.98 at Oriental Trading)
Patriotism for every room in the house. These would be super cute for a kid’s room.
Patriotic Pillows ($92.40 at The Trendy Bed)
We’ll admit, these pillows are splurgy, but if you have country-style decor, they could be used year-round. Understated and unique, they could easily be mistaken for your own handiwork!
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