Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Focus on Red, White and Blue

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Focus on Red, White and Blue

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THERE'S no better time to fly the flag and show your true colours - whether it's a show of support for our Olympic athletes or because you just love a red, white and blue colour statement.

Union Jack accessories are considered the height of retro chic and tap into our desire for all things nostalgic and cool Britannia.

The effect to aim for is stylish, not kitsch.

Avoid garish bunting and instead look for the design emblazoned on mugs, cushions, throws, rugs or even plates.

If you don't want to buy new homeware you can have some fun hunting down traditional examples of patriotic or flag-embellished homeware at car boot sales, auctions or fairs.

Grouped together as a display, items such as celebration mugs can look quirky and add all-important 'personality' - a vital ingredient for today's decor.

This nostalgic theme has been picked up by top designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Tara Bernerd, who prove that even a few accessories can instantly endow homes with character as well as a sense of warmth and homeliness.

Once you've taken those small steps into the world of colour you could even find you're won over by another trend following hot on its heels - stripes.

There's no need to limit yourself to the red, white and blue theme as stripes in every combination and colour of the rainbow are going to be a key trend this autumn.

It's part of the return of pattern and decoration to our homes as minimalism loses its grip on interiors.

So how can you fly the flag in your home?

Making sure you're first past the post with this style is easy thanks to The London Cushion Company.

Its large Union Jack throw, pounds 200, is a stunner and could be a brilliant way to give an affordable update to a past-its-best sofa.

Or content yourself with scattering a few Union Jack cushions. They start from pounds 60, or a handmade, silk Union Jack cushion with military buttons is pounds 67.50. You can even stick to your eco principles and opt for an organic cotton version, pounds 50. …

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