Inspiration for Decorating with Flags

In honor of Memorial Day, I thought I’d share a links to a few of my favorite flag finds. Lately, I’ve really been digging American flags as home decor. I’ve actually been looking for a good spot to incorporate the look into my own home, and these links offer some great inspiration.

As with anything kitschy or trendy, the trick is to only implement it in small doses. If you brought in a flag, for example, it’s best to only use one. If you hung a flag on the wall and also added flag pillows and a flag rug, your room would begin to look too “themed.” Similarly, if you added a flag to a room that was primarily red, white, and blue, your room would look like it was decorated for a patriotic holiday. Instead, the flags look best in neutral rooms or mixed with other types of design elements. They work great as a focal point in a room that doesn’t have any similar pieces. The photos below show examples of flags incorporated well.

Here are links to a few of my favorites:

A lot of the flags that you’ll see used are vintage. This photo shows how a newer flag (which will likely be cheaper and easier to find) can be used, as well. I love its contrast against the dark, wood wall.flag on dark wall

Source: Kelsey Williams on A Beautiful Mess

This is another good use of a flag in a bedroom. Using it on the white wall provides a strong focal point for the room. You’ll also notice that there aren’t any similar elements in the room. If you don’t care for the boldness of the first photo, this option shows how a more muted color scheme could be used. (Also, I love the mid-century/modern vibe in the rest of this home!)flag in bedroom

Source: Brooke Fish on A Beautiful Mess

This example shows how a flag can be used in a more polished and modern manner. Framing the flag gives it a more put-together look. As you can see, it’s also a great way to cover a large wall.flag in dining room

Source: Eden Passante on A Beautiful Mess

The use of the flag in this retail store is another good example. Again, it looks great on the wood wall and coordinates well with the industrial vibe of the store. flag in a retail store

Source: Gant Rugger via Retail Design Blog

Here’s another good example of using a flag without any similar elements. Since there aren’t other flag or red/white/blue decor in the space, the flag stands out and looks trendy instead of themed.flag on white brick wall

Source: The Selby

One of the easiest ways to include a flag in your decor is through a pillow such as this or this one from Etsy. A pillow is a good way to test whether or not you like the look without committing to a large flag to hang on your wall. Remember though, just add one and don’t pair it with a star or striped pillow unless you want it to look like you’re planning a 4th of July BBQ!

If you notice from the links above, several of my inspirations were found through the At Home series on A Beautiful Mess. If you enjoy looking at inspiring, well-designed homes, I highly recommend checking out this feature. I could spend hours looking through and admiring these homes!

Speaking of patriotic decor, I’m thinking of going back for this wooden eagle. What do you think?? Have you seen any other good examples of ways to decorate with flags? Leave a link in the comments!

Edit: I hit publish on this post and then saw this beauty on Instagram. It was too perfect not to share!


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