July 04, 2021 5 min read
The town gets painted red, white, and blue every 4th of July, but how about decorating with an Americana theme all year long? Americana style combines patriotic USA elements with a lovely bright palette, so it can make your space feel warm and homey. Think charming farmhouse with the aroma of freshly baked pies, vintage references, stars-and-stripes ornaments, and heirloom antiques.
The key to a pleasant Americana home is to focus on casual comfort more than the flag-waving. You're decorating a home, not a military office. 🙂 With the right decor and balance, you'll easily achieve that beautiful coziness of a traditional American home.
Here are great ideas and examples of Americana decorating. Try these yourself!
American history is steeped in oceanic travels, from the sailing of the Mayflower all the way to our modern-day Navy. In interior decor, nautical style feels sophisticated and easy at the same time. You can get this look by incorporating your reds, whites, and blues into bold stripes and seafaring decor (like the home above which we found on Houzz).
Decor elements: Solid stripes; classical monograms and insignia; ocean-inspired ornaments (ships, lighthouses, lanterns, anchors, etc.); ocean-inspired art
Farmhouse interiors are all about the quaint, cozy, simple life in the country, built with natural materials and handmade with love. You can start your farmhouse feel by applying a soft neutral base color like beige or white. Then top it with some naturalistic decor in your favorite red, white, or blue shade.
Decor elements: Wood and shiplap; natural fabrics (like canvas and burlap); industrial accents (especially iron lamps); gingham or chintz upholstery
Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Food, Family, Love" Premium Canvas
For more ideas on decorating your farmhouse home, check out our "cottagecore" tips here!
While farmhouse interiors are quaint and relaxed, modern Americana is subtle, restrained, and more metropolitan. Instead of outright hanging the USA banner on the wall, you can pick out specific American motifs and colors to adapt as decor. How about some red stripes for your dining placemats, and a Statue of Liberty figurine on your console table? The dining room above (found on HGTV) even updates the classic American gingham into a houndstooth pattern on the upholstery.
Decor elements: Solid, moody colors (especially navy blue and maroon); clean lines; minimal ornamentation; modern American artwork
Bonus tip: Even the USA flag can inspire modern artwork. Check out this New York skyline art, for example:
Wall art pictured above: Stars And Stripes New York Evening Skyline Premium Canvas
The southern states are known, among others, for their inviting homes that are the perfect mix of historic and fresh, sunny and cozy. These houses seem to be designed specially for comfy gatherings, whether among family in the well-appointed living room, or with friends and sangria on the beautiful porch. One visit to a home in Charleston, South Carolina or Savannah, Georgia, and you'll know what "homey" means.
Decor elements: Colonial-era architectural details (columns, trim, wood floors, etc); multi-generational family heirlooms; cushy furniture with lots of layers; big, bright windows that bring in the outdoors
Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Home Sweet Home" Premium Canvas
You know the look: those fun classic diners with their red dining booths and Coca-Cola posters; or those dainty post-war kitchens all neat and tidy in pastel colors.
Because color was a major element in this style period, you can achieve the look with just a few splashes of paint. If you're not into diner reds, opt instead for a color scheme of homely pastels -- robin's egg blue, butter yellow, baby pink, and mint green are some options. Paint objects instead of walls. Some red chair backs would be a fab start, then hang some vintage posters on the wall.
Decor elements: Vintage '50s art; diner-style furniture (especially red booths and chrome chairs); vintage items (figurines, memorabilia, etc); black-and-white checkered floor; retro product posters; lots of red, or lots of pastel colors
American decor comes alive in the summer, especially for the July 4th celebration. The sunny season flavors everything with a bright, festive feel, from buntings and banners, to food and drink. It's one big summer barbeque (or picnic, if you prefer) and you can capture this vibe in your home interiors for an always-happy space.
Decor elements: Pops of bright colors (like yellow and turquoise); lots of gingham; fresh flowers; cute USA ornaments like wall stars and mini flags
Wall art pictured above: American Rustic "Welcome" Premium Panoramic Canvas
The US has lots of coastal towns that are not only historic but also utterly picturesque -- just ask Maine and the rest of New England! Let these charming villages influence your Americana interiors by using soft colors, sun-bleached materials, and accents picked up from the beach.
Decor elements: Pastel colors against white or sandy colors; seaside materials (driftwood, sisal, stone, etc); sea shells and marine ornaments; woven furniture and accents; breezy curtains
Wall art pictured above: "Be Our Guest" Premium Canvas
The American frontier era (1600s) was so culturally rich that it still inspires so many films, fashion, and interior designs today. Think Native American influences side-by-side with Wild West flavor, against a backdrop of stunning deserts and the wild country.
Decor elements: Lots of dark-stained wood; a palette of cherry reds and burnt oranges; Native American folk art and patterns; rustic ranch- and hunting-inspired ornaments (animal horns, leather upholstery, faux cowhide rugs)
Bonus tip: Get an instant Old West feel by putting up a faded black-and-white version of the American flag, like below. That's why they call it Old Glory!
Wall art pictured above: Black And White American Flag Premium Canvas
We can't say "Americana" without thinking of the White House. Despite numerous redecorations, the presidential home is constantly an epitome of neoclassical style for an American family -- updated, but still stately. Of course, most of us don't live in the same opulence, but we can put together a few elements like antique furniture, plush seating, and flowing drapery.
Decor elements: 'Cambridge' furnishings; leather couches and chairs; rich carpeting; heavy drapes; neoclassical architectural details (columns, mantels, etc.)
Bonus tip: Got a piece of heirloom furniture in your family? Make it the star of the room by arranging it with other decorative objects. In the example below, an old sideboard is accented with a stylized American flag art, plus antique tabletoppers.
Wall art pictured above: Personalized "American Flag Family Name" Premium Canvas
Which of these Americana interiors is your favorite? Which ideas are you using at home? Share in the comments!
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From all of us here at Gear Den, happy July 4th, America!
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