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Decorating for holidays is a fun way to get yourself or the members of your household into the spirit of a celebration. Whether you’re a die-hard decorator or prefer a more subtle approach to holiday décor, it can be fun to dress up your home for a special occasion.
Patriotic holidays, which are holidays recognized on a national level in the United States, can be especially fun to express through your home décor: think stripes and star-spangled banners!
However, decorating for patriotic holidays also comes with a few rules of etiquette, like how to properly display the American flag or finding an appropriate way to decorate with patriotic elements in your home.
You don’t have to wait for the next patriotic holiday to decorate your home in red, white and blue. We have tasteful tips on how your home can stand out from sea to shining sea.
Front and Back Yard
When you’re decorating your front and back yard with patriotic decorations, it’s a good rule of thumb to make sure they’re tasteful and properly displayed, especially since your front yard is likely public-facing.
For example, did you know there are rules of etiquette for displaying the American Flag? Here are just a few:
- Hang the flag with the field of stars at the top left. Remember the point of view of the viewer as opposed to the one hanging the flag.
- If a flag is displayed after sunset, it should be properly illuminated by spotlight.
- If the weather is particularly severe, consider bringing your flag down and properly securing it. Otherwise, purchase a flag made with weather-resistant materials.
- Additionally, if your flag is getting weather-worn, and shows sign of tear or fraying, retire your flag and display a new one.
Make sure the rest of your outdoor patriotic décor follows suit in both style and etiquette.
Don’t be afraid to let your personal style shine through your decorations. If you like outdoor lighting, consider festive lights for the holiday. If you’re a fan of front door décor, pick a wreath that both adds style to your home while celebrating the holiday. The possibilities are endless!
You have a little more liberty when it comes to your interior decorations. Since you’re indoors, you won’t have to hunt for weather-safe decorations you’d use outdoors, so you have more options stylistically.
The key to decorating your home for patriotic holidays is subtlety. You don’t want to overdo it with stars, stripes and red, white and blue décor. Try picking strategic areas in your home where you can make a simple switch from everyday décor to holiday décor.
For example, switching out throw pillows and blankets to patriotic prints and designs is an easy and inexpensive way to decorate your space.
You can also switch out your wall art to reflect the patriotic holiday you’re observing or celebrating. No matter what, your decorations should reflect the general tone of the holiday, so make sure it’s appropriate and tasteful.
On some occasions, patriotic holidays are a time that friends and family gather for observance or celebration, and if you’re a homeowner who hosts the get-togethers, there’s a tasteful and fun way you can incorporate patriotic decorations to your gathering.
Use a table runner to highlight your dining room table or outdoor eating area. If you wanted to use a more casual decorative element, use placemats instead.
Add a serving tray or two as both an amenity with appetizers or finger foods, as well as a decorative addition to your entertainment space. If you’re hosting a backyard gathering, a serving tray will also come in handy to hold your good grilled eats.
Lastly, tie in your entertainment decorations with a table centerpiece that will unify your gathering. If you’re looking for something more meaningful, try choosing a centerpiece that will tie in elements of friendship and family.
- U.S. Flag & Flagplole Set: $96.99
- Blue Ombre String Lights: $9.99
- Throw Pillow: $19.99
- American Art Piece: 43.99
- American Utility Basket: $42.99
- Blue Striped Table Runner: $35.99
- Red & Blue Stripe Rug: $29.99
- Rustic Red Distressed Wood Tray: $12.99
- Striped Wooden American Plaque: $23.99
- Star Metal Lantern: $7.79
At the end of the day, when you’re decorating for a patriotic holiday, be mindful of the tone and observation of the day. Many patriotic holidays honor military members and those who have served, or lost their lives for, their country.
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate family members or friends who have served, ask them or their close ones how you can incorporate their service and honor them in your decorations or at your family gathering.
Do you have any tips for decorating your home tastefully for patriotic holidays? Let us know in the comments below!
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