Red and white fishing nets against blue sky and water
Shelley Metcalf

Summertime Fun

Red, white, and blue signifies summer: the Fourth of July, backyard barbecues, and baseball. Bring that nostalgic feeling into your home with these classic looks.

A small table
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Beachy Keen

Look to the water. If you have spectacular ocean views, let the water replace interior blue hues and introduce extra hints of red for contrast.

A dining room table
Alec Hemer

Hue Knew?

Red is an intense and aggressive color, so it works best as an accent. Studies have shown that when used in large quantities, it can increase blood pressure.

A simple porch
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn


Delicate Tint

Don’t be bashful -- go ahead and mix stripes with patterns. Remember: Reds will dominate and blues will recede, so be judicious when placing reds throughout your home. Use them as vibrant accents, and let blue tell the story.

A bedroom
Elizabeth Glasgow

Playful Palette

Jazz up a home’s exterior by painting the front door a rich sea blue. Frame it with fresh, white trim and add red porch furniture for a look that’s all-American.

Make porch ceilings appear higher with a hint of ocean blue. Remember, a little color goes a long way. The effect is not meant to be dramatic, so choose a delicate tint.

A red, white, and blue bedroom
Keith Scott Morton


Play It Up

“This scheme is playful and lighthearted. It’s not meant to be taken too seriously.”
-- Tammy Connor, interior designer

A red roof, white walls, and blue sky
Jean Allsopp


Cool Blue

Scientists believe that blue’s calming properties decrease blood pressure, improve decision making, and enhance communication.

A kitchen with red walls and white cabinets
James R. Salomon

Spicy Shade

Consider using your boldest hue on an accent wall. When you’re working with several shades, the brightest color will showcase the wall with the most interesting features.

Nature's accent
Mark Darley

Nature's Accent

Take it outside. Enliven a colorless exterior with swaths of red. Use the shade on architectural elements -- either daringly, on a corrugated metal roof, or sparingly, on Bahama-style shutters.

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