With the election almost here, I’m thinking red, white and blue in interior design!

The American flag features colors that look great in cottage design. (photo courtesy

In the spirit of the upcoming election and patriotism, I am unfurling my favorite red, white and blue accents as they relate to cottages and a nod toward American style.

Is there anything more patriotic than coastal blues and white with pops of color, such as vibrant red?

This crisp, patriotic appeal is, of course, inspired by the American flag. Through a few incarnations during the past couple centuries, the flag has taken on different looks.

Today it  consists of 13 horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with six white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies; the stars represent the 50 states of the Union.


Ralph Lauren Home is a kindred spirit for me … love the wide stripes! Fresh as the sea!

Tritter Feefer‘s Dixon table suggests casual and rustic.

Jute pendants from Regina Andrew go great in cottages.

This console in a white lacquer finish from Bungalow 5 Furniture can work in many places in a cottage.

Evocative of the American flag, red-ivory placemats from Pinecone Hill are bright and inviting.

I like the bedroom and bathroom designs from Caracole furniture, a line I paid close attention to at High Point Market this past October.

This blue turtle triptych art from Trowbridge puts a smile on faces.

Limitless Marine by Jonathan Adler says it all.

I like a cottage style with crisp, clean design, mixing modern with rustic. In essence, an airy home that features beachy ease, worn and weathered finishes and casual tailoring. I like using large patterns, such as wide navy blue and white stripes that I used for a shower curtain in a bathroom recently.

And don’t forget about texture, think sea grass, driftwood, hand-forged iron, relaxed rattan and wicker, and cotton and linen upholstery.

Regina Andrew accents add a sophisticated coastal motif. Note the mixing of rustic wood with the shiny, modern shells — precisely what I suggest for an inviting cottage … blending modern with rustic.

Of course, not all of these havens are just for summer use; many flock to their cottages throughout the year.

No matter if it’s a Fourth of July gathering or a Thanksgiving family weekend, one thing’s for sure — you can’t go wrong with design that puts the accent on American spirit.

Clarke and Clarke pillows from the Coastal Line Collection.

Clarke and Clarke pillows from the Coastal Line Collection.

Somerset Bay‘s table and hutch are some of my fave cottage dining room pieces.

I’ve colored this post with some of my favorite adornments and spaces that make the best of crisp whites, rich reds and coastal blues, alone and together. Do you use these colors in your interior design? Please share your comments.


  1. I have a cottage in northern Michigan and one room truly is dedicated to blues, whites and creams! I’ve not added a third color yet, but I think i’ll try red! And that Ralph Lauren sofa is now on my wish list!

    • Armina Kasprowicz says:

      Great idea to add a punch of bold color to your whites and creams Megan. Red is such a happy color and it brings life into the space.

  2. This is a really cool color palette to use. It does not look so cliche but instead it looks quite classy. I would like to recreate this kind of theme for my home.

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