Union Jack Interior Design Trend
It seems like everywhere I look today, I see a British Flag on something. There's no doubt that this trend is making a huge impact on interiors today, though using a flag as motif and inspiration is nothing new.
In the 90's the U.S. flag, especially vintage flags with 13 stars were on everything from pillows to walls. Though with the American flag you have the advantage of being able to split up the design. Say, put a blue pillow with stars on red and white striped couch and people will get the reference - no such luck with the British flag trend.
In the beginning of 2000 the French and Canadian Flags were in favor and you saw maple leaves used incessantly in interior design.
How to Get the Look
Its no wonder that these three are more popular than other flags - For one the color scheme is excellent. It's crisp, it packs a punch and makes a statement. Just remember not to over-do the reference. One or two items with a flag are enough. You should really only incorporate this trend into your home if you were already contemplating a red, white and blue interior design scheme.
Remember to vary the intensities of the colors - blue lends itself best to this task. Think a navy blue or even baby blue wall with a red couch and white pillows then add in the Union Jack piece de resistance for that trendy effect.
Vary the Pattern and Scale of Your Patterns
Make sure to use colors from the same color family but vary the size and scale of your patterns like the above stripes and paisley. You can also use this method of decorating with solids by varying the size the different pieces like a big red wing chair and a delicate blue lacquered side table - top that off with a crisp white vase and some pretty pale pink flowers.
Vary the Intensity of Hues
Take a look at the first two rooms below. They work with or with out a union jack because the designer thought about the color scheme before the trend. This should always be your modus operandi otherwise you'll end up with a lot of trendy pieces in your home but no continuity or flow.
Don't Be Afraid to Keep it Subtle
Just because you've chosen red, white and blue as your color scheme doesn't mean you have to scream it out with bold colors (even if I think bold colors look great). Below are some examples using understated, neutral colors as a base with pops of red,white and blue for effect.
Yellow is a Natural Complement
Finally, if you ever do tire of your Union Jack inspired room simply remove the offending items and add in some yellow to get rid of the trend and completely change the look and feel of your interior design scheme.
Article by Anne Alexander Sieder all rights reserved. For hardcore interior design fans, check out my blog www.prettyhaus.com.
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