A Guide to Decorating for July 4th
The Fourth of July is a great opportunity to refresh your home with new decor. Get into the spirit with summery home accents for every room. Choose from comforters, towels, and other items. You’ll also find sturdy, stylish patio furniture for your outdoor entertaining space. Here’s some inspiration to get you started:
Give Guests a Warm Welcome
Update the look of your porch with a new welcome mat. Consider a natural fiber such as coir, which is derived from coconut husks. This material is flexible and tough, in addition to being mildew resistant. The fibers capture dirt and moisture so it’s not tracked inside. Coir mats come in an array of styles; there are personalized doormats that can be monogrammed with a name or initials.
Another option is a doormat made with recycled PET. In addition to being eco-friendly, these mats are tough enough to work for residential or commercial applications. Like coir, PET is a mildew-resistant material that can withstand the elements. These mats come in multiple colors—choose bright red for a festive look.
Coordinate your welcome mat with a front-door wreath. If you’re the crafty type, you can make your own Fourth of July wreath by tucking red, white, and blue flowers into a bare wreath and finishing with matching ribbon. For a simpler look, hang a red, white, and blue bow on the door.
Brighten Up the Living Room
Throw pillows are an easy way to dress up the living room for July 4th. Toss one onto an armchair or arrange a grouping on the sofa. There are plenty of pillows that coordinate with the traditional red, white, and blue color scheme. You could display solid pillows in these shades or combine solid blue pillows with red-and-white striped ones for a complementary look.
A throw blanket can also be coordinated with decorative pillows. You can even use a red throw blanket from Christmas for the 4th, especially if you pair it with white and blue accents. Or, opt for a white throw blanket with red and blue pillows.
In addition to throw blankets, there are other items you can use to decorate the living room. A grouping of candles in festive holiday colors is a stylish centerpiece for the coffee table. It’s not necessary to make a lot of changes when decorating for the holidays. A few simple decor additions can impart a celebratory look and feel to your living space.
Add Summery Color to the Bedroom
Transform the bedroom for the holidays with a new comforter or duvet cover. Choose bedding in crisp white for maximum versatility and a summery look. A white duvet cover or comforter can be paired with solid-color or printed sheets in any hue or shade. It also works with decorative pillows in any color or print.
The easiest way to create a Fourth of July bedroom look is with—you guessed it—red, white, and blue bedding pieces. So, when choosing your bed sheets and pillow covers, opt for these colors. You could even drape a blanket in a coordinating color over the foot of the bed for a layered look.
Update the Bath with Towels and Mats
Stock the bathroom with red, white, and blue bath towels crafted from luxe organic cotton. There are multiple ways to display bath towels, depending on the size of your bathroom and your aesthetic preference. You can fold them into squares and stack on a shelf; alternate the colors for an eye-catching look. Another decorative display method is to roll the towels into a cylinder shape and arrange them in a wicker basket.
Coordinate the towels with a matching bath mat. For maximum absorbency, choose either Turkish cotton or Supima cotton. Both fabrics are crafted with long-staple fibers for plush softness and durability. Bathroom rugs come in colors that work for not only the Fourth of July but all year round; consider an ocean-inspired blue, classic white or cherry red.
Prep Your Patio for Outdoor Parties
If you’re planning to entertain outdoors on July 4th, make sure you have plenty of comfortable seating. Adirondack chairs are a good choice for summer—they’re crafted to withstand the weather and come in a rainbow of colors. Look for chairs made from recycled materials; high-density poly lumber is a good choice because it’s environmentally friendly and incredibly durable.
Polyurethane wicker is another option when it comes to outdoor furniture. It has a breezy look that’s perfect for summer parties, and it never needs painting. To keep your guests comfortable, choose a wicker conversation set with thick seat cushions. No matter what color cushions you have, you can add decorative throw pillows in Fourth of July-inspired colors for festive style.
Don’t Forget Your Wardrobe
When decorating your home for the holidays, consider updating your wardrobe as well. Treat yourself to a stylish, comfortable summer outfit that’s great for entertaining—such as a red or blue polo shirt and a pair of white capri pants with comfort features. Many of the home decor and apparel pieces that work for the 4th of July can also work for the rest of the summer season and beyond.