In previous years, I have always been the type of person to go a tad overboard when decorating for holidays. This always included 4th of July. Come middle of June, our home would be full of flags, bunting, signs, and even figurines of Uncle Sam.
What was I thinking?!
The older I get, the more I start to realize that less is truly more. I no longer want to make it look like a certain holiday threw up all over our home. Instead, my holiday decorating approach is now simple, classic touches that feel like the certain holiday/season, but don’t scream it.
Welcome to our 4th of July/Summer home tour!
When thinking of our home for fourth of July, I decided that I didn’t want flags everywhere. Instead, I wanted to just focus on the colors of the holiday: red, white, and blue.
To add a patriotic touch to our home, one of the biggest ways I did so was by switching out my pillow covers in the living room. I decided to do mainly all blue and white so that it stayed classic (plus, I’m not the biggest fan of red).
That’s what I love about pillow covers. They are easy to change out with the season.
I also decided to add a fun blue and white striped throw that just screamed summer to me. By changing up the linens in my living room, I am pretty much halfway done with making the room Americana. I love the simplicity (and easiness) of it!
Of course, I had to get some red in there. I decided on a simple pop of red by placing these red/orange tulips on my coffee table. This gives a great focal point, but is still an easy and inexpensive way of decorating for the holiday.
Another easy way to add seasonal elements is to include books and magazines with certain colors. I just received the latest edition of Southern Living in the mail, so I decided to put it in the tray to add another touch of red, yet also remind me that I still need to read it. 😉
On my sideboard table, I didn’t want any red at all, so I decided to do blue hydrangeas. Aren’t we lucky that hydrangeas come in blue?
Flowers are a simple, easy, and beautiful way to add certain colors for seasons/holidays without breaking the bank. These are real, but you could do faux as well if you are wanting them to last longer. Sometimes I do faux if the flower selection is not the best. The trick is to put a little bit of water in the vase to make people think they are real!
On either side of our TV, we have these sconces that I normally have white tapers for. I thought these fun blue tapers would be the perfect touch to make them a little more patriotic, plus inexpensive as well.
I knew I wanted flags in some way, but I didn’t want my whole house to seem as if flags were everywhere like years past. Instead, I decided to regulate them to the centerpiece for our dining room table.
They look perfect in this blue and white pitcher that I already had. Simple and easy, yet fully patriotic and ready to celebrate the 4th!
The biggest tip that I can give is just to not overdo it. Things always look effortless and timeless when you truly stick to small changes. It only took me maybe 35 minutes to do all of this decorating in our home and it was so less stressful, which made it even more fun.
Thanks for looking!