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The Bedroom Goes Red, White and Blue
A red, white and blue decorating theme isn’t just for the fourth of July – it’s actually a fantastic palette for the bedroom any day of the year. Combine the serenity of blue, the tranquility of white and the excitement of red, and you get a color scheme that is easy on the eyes and the mind, making it restful, yet with just enough contrast and spark to keep things lively. And while red, white and blue is obviously suitable for a patriotic decorating theme, this versatile color trio works for... many other looks, as well. If you need any more convincing, take a look at the nine bedrooms shown here.
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02 of 09
Red, White and Blue's Whimsical Side
When you use the softest shade of blue as the backdrop to hot red accents and cool white furnishings, you get a room that is dramatic, yet not at all overbearing. In this room, the pale blue keeps the red carpet under control, while highlighting the wonderfully whimsical “four-tree” bed. The rather retro, yet still contemporary, round red ceiling fixture lends another touch of surprise to the room.
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03 of 09
Red as an Accent
While blue and white is a classic bedroom color combination, it benefits from a little dose of heat. What better way to turn up the flame than with a few red accents, as in the room shown here? This bedroom is also an excellent example of the power of simple -- yet strong -- pattern. Imagine this same bedroom without the striped lampshades, chevron window shades, funky chair cushion and unusual throw pillow. There wouldn’t be much pizzazz, demonstrating how powerful a mix of bold patterns can be... even when limited in color.
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04 of 09
Nautical Red, White and Blue
Blue and white with red accents is one of the most common palettes for the nautical decorating theme. This charming bedroom hits all the maritime high tones: anchors and other boat motifs, distressed wood furniture, stripes, sea life (check out the wooden “Jaws” shark hanging over the bed!), casual vibe, and most of all – a blue and white palette with a touch of red for contrast. It’s a bedroom that feels like it’s on permanent vacation – blissful.
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05 of 09
Mostly Red and White
Just as you can decorate with mostly blue and white, using red simply as an accent, you can also create a gorgeous bedroom in red and white with just a whisper of blue to keep the look from overheating. Here, it’s accomplished with the softest wash of blue on the walls, pale blue touches in the quilt and a grayish-blue nubby area rug. This is a good trick when using red as your primary bedroom color – it’s very dramatic and stimulating, so you’ll benefit from blue’s cooling vibe.
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06 of 09
Red, White and Blue Child's Room
Suitable for boys and girls alike, red, white and blue is a great palette for a child’s room – whether you are decorating for your new baby or “growing up” your teen’s digs. This bedroom also demonstrates optimum use of very limited space. A loft bed with a study area underneath is both fun and space-wise, while tall bookcases show the best way to add storage space in a tiny room – go vertical. And the red chair with floor lamp adds the third of the three essential areas in a teen or preteen’s... bedroom: somewhere to relax, study and sleep.
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07 of 09
Country Grows Up
Red, white and blue is a traditional country palette, but it doesn’t have to be patriotically themed or overly cutesy. Here, you see how well dots, gingham and a touch of toile play together, and how country can be quite grownup and sophisticated without the frills and fussiness that were popular in the 1990s country style.
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08 of 09
Red, White and Blue Cottage
Wow, just take a look at that gorgeous bed! The stunning red, white and blue bedding is an unfortunately discontinued collection from Ralph Lauren, but you can still find many equally gorgeous substitutes. To create a cottage look as charming as the one shown here, mix stripes, floral and gingham, add some wicker, stick with a traditional brass bed and keep the overall feel light and airy. Just lovely.
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Contemporary Red, White and Blue
While it’s a color combination often associated with country, cottage and coastal décor, you can give red, white and blue a very contemporary makeover by adding in a fourth hue – a grayish brown that is neutral enough to add today’s style without detracting from the colorful touches. In fact, this bedroom only uses the color trio on the bed and the artwork – the rest of the space is very current with pale gray walls, lots of dark taupe on the curtains and headboard, and of course, the wonderful... round mirror.