Don't stop displaying your red, white & blue

By Vicki Payne | The Charlotte Observer (MCT) Published:

As a designer I am always looking for ways to make our homes more appealing and a true representative of our own personal style. I've always been thrilled by the sight of the American flag flying from flagpoles, draping porches and being waived by small children as they watch a parade. It's such a grand icon.

Independence Day may be over, but why not keep the spirit up by displaying the red, white and blue in and around your home? Here are my professional decorating tips for making your home show off your patriotism all summer long.

Decorators help create environments that inspire and convey a message. No better way to proudly incorporate and display the American flag and the symbolic red, white and blue colors than to paint your neighborhood patriotic.

Never underestimate the power of curb appeal. If you don't already own an American flag, I recommend that you get one. Surely we all can manage this simple decorating duty. You can find them for $1.69 at any Staples store or at most hardware locations.

It doesn't have to be a big flag mounted on a post. It can be small and stapled on a stick. I recommend spacing them 12 inches apart. The most impressive display I've ever seen was at Wilmington National Cemetery in Wilmington, N.C. Every roadway was lined with 12-inch-tall American flags flying from sticks.

For those who don't have yards, perhaps a balcony can be the perfect place to create a wave of small American flags. Use white plastic zip ties to attach them to your railing. If space allows, consider draping a larger American flag over your railing. Wouldn't it be spectacular if every tenant followed suit?

With over 250 million registered cars in America, perhaps this is our best decorating opportunity. Imagine if every car proudly flew a flag from its antenna. It could make that long backup of traffic heading to the beach a little more tolerable. A well decorated highway -- now that's what we need.

Designer and home improvement expert Vicki Payne is host and producer of "For Your Home," available on PBS, Create TV and in national and international syndication. Reach her at ForYourHome.com.

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