Union Jack in Home Décor

This coming weekend is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years of the Queen of England’s reign. It’s a four day holiday for the Brits with huge celebrations including a seven mile long flotilla of boats on the river Thames, the lighting of more than 2,000 beacons around the country, and a concert by several artists including Sirs Elton John and Paul McCartney. The United Kingdom flag (a.k.a. “Union Jack”) will have a huge presence at this celebration:

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So what better time to check out some amazing spaces that incorporate Union Jack into their design?  Like this family room with a bold Union Jack chaise

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or this room with an even bolder Union Jack Chesterfield Sofa:

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Union Jack has also shown up in drapes such as in this adorable boys room

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and this more grown-up setting (don’t you love the use of oars as curtain rods?!):

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And then there are those rooms where you see it everywhere – furniture, drapes, pillows – I’m talking some serious Union Jack!:

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While the room above is certainly designed and styled well, it’s a bit overboard for me. If I were going to bring some Union Jack décor into my home, it would be with just a single accessory, such as this awesome Jonathan Adler rug

Jonathan Adler

or a pair of Union Jack pillows:

Elle Decor

There are lots of DIYers who have used Union Jack for some pretty amazing projects – two of my favorites are this Union Jack Dresser that was painted by Miss Mustard Seed

and this amazing Union Jack Pegboard Headboard made by Carmel from Our Fifth House for her son’s room:



If you want to add a little Union Jack to your home without the DIY effort, I’ve got some great finds for you including Grandin Road’s Union Jack Outdoor Rug,



Restoration Hardware’s Framed Flag of the United Kingdom



World Market’s Union Jack Flag Lumbar Throw Pillow (only $19.99!),  



World Market’s Union Jack Wood Art Wall Hanging



Media Graffiti Studio’s Jack Russell Pet Portrait,



 and Home Decorators Collection’s decorative Union Junction Boxes – Set of 3:

I’m always finding Union Jack furniture and accessories at Home Goods and TJ Maxx such as this chair that was at our TJ Maxx a few weeks ago



and this small chest that was at HomeGoods today:



Some of my favorite Union Jack pieces are those that have the traditional flag design but untraditional colors such as this grey, black, and white Union Jack Frame from Home Decorators Collection,

this neutral colored Union Jack Rug from Z Gallerie,

and this colorful pink and green Union Jack Pillow by Karen Hilton Designs on Etsy: 

Cheerio friends!

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Preppy Pink and Green Home Décor

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