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Americana Design Style Made Modern

October 08, 2020

A tried-and-true color palette and classic elements give Americana design a sense of history. Unlike rooms of past though, these 20 spaces show off the fresh and bright side of the style.

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Photo: Alise O'Brien Photography

Make the Most of Your Windows

This light and bright breakfast nook has a wraparound built-in banquette that takes full advantage of the home's waterfront locale. Made oh-so-cozy with a subdued collection of red, white and blue pillows, the dining area is the perfect spot to watch boats go by. The unique light fixture was found in a shop in Nantucket, bringing in a touch of true New England charm.

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Photo: Brian Patrick Flynn

Don't Fear Mixing Prints

Plaids, graphics and pinstripes, oh my! But yes, you can mix and match seemingly opposite patterns by sticking to a cohesive color palette. An Americana scheme simplifies this design trick because you've already narrowed down your three hues. Balance out the mix of prints by sticking to solid wall and furniture colors.

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Photo: Mark Lohman. From: Alison Kandler.

Mingle Diverse Styles

A little global, a little Americana, this soft blue bedroom is a lovely retreat to return to at the end of the day. The inlaid blue-and-white dresser doubles as a nightstand and is topped with a sleek brilliant red lamp.

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Photo: Todd Douglas / Getty Images. From: Beach Flip.

Endorsed by Neutrals

Creating an Americana-inspired room doesn't mean your space has to dripping in patriotic colors. This living room combines rustic materials, woven textures and a soothing, neutral color palette. Throw pillows on the sectional generate a punch of color and can be easily swapped out when you're ready for a different look.

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