Adopted in 1801, the Union Jack flag is made up of the Cross of Saint
Andrew counterchanged with the Cross of Saint Patrick over all the Cross
of Saint George. Over the last few years, it has become a popular motif
in homeware - Emma Bridgewater had a china range and napkins in it and
you can even get Union Jack wallpaper. So, in the month that we've not
only welcomed a new member of the royal family but we've also been to
the voting polls, here are a few easy ways to introduce the familiar
flag into your decorating scheme without it being too overwhelming.
1. Fly the flag If you want to start off subtly and cheaply, buy patriotic bunting that you can keep in a cupboard, then get it out on appropriate days, such as the Queen's birthday or a royal christening, and hang up inside or out. For similar bunting, try Union Jack bunting (L3m), £3.95, Flag & Bunting Store.
2. Brit art The most obvious thing you can do is hang an actual flag on your wall or buy one of the many pieces of artwork depicting the popular design. Art.co.uk has numerous designs ranging from the traditional flag to more tongue-in-cheek interpretations, such as a print of a Union Jack Doctor Marten boot called Booty Call, £9.99, Le Markee range, Art.co.uk.
3. Princely print Bring it into a kid's bedroom with this great unisex single duvet set. A checked and striped variation of the flag, it is less in-your-face than other designs and its faded colourway creates a bit of a country casual vibe. Charmingly, the Harry cotton duvet set, £55, Laura Ashley, seems to have been named after a popular red-headed royal heartthrob.
4. Fit for a princess We can't all have a beach view like this at home, but you can have the pretty-in-pink Union Jack throw, from £145 for a single, The Linen, Lace & Patchwork House, and use it to lay out on in the garden in summer and as a bedspread in winter.
5. Regal rug You could simply pop a rug by the bed or in the living room - Argos sells a similar one for just £29.99.
6. Cool Britannia Or you can go all out with a Smeg Right Hand Hinge FAB28QUJ1 Freestanding Fridge - Union Jack, £964, Ao.com. Although maybe not in the bedroom!
Fancy flying the flag? Try this patriotic bedroom scheme
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Thea Babington-Stitt is the Assistant Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years.
She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.
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