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When it comes to finding a symbol that sums up British Influence in interiors, it’s hard to think of anything more apt┬áthan the national flag of the United Kingdom, the Union Jack. As I’ll show here, it’s used in all kinds of ways and a wide variety of interior styles.

Hang the Flag

One of my favorite examples of incorporating the Union Jack in an interior. | japanesetrash.com

In this first image, photographer Michael Graydon shows the flag itself simply hung as part of the overall interior design of this space. This is perhaps my favorite usage of the symbol.

Frame the Flag

Bathroom with framed Union Jack. | japanesetrash.com

Framing the flag and hanging it is another option I like.

Paint Job

Bombe Chest painted with the Union Jack. | japanesetrash.com

There’s so much to love about a statement piece like this Bombe Chest.

Inspiration

Decor inspired by the Union Jack. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s a great example of using the Union Jack design in an upholstered piece and as the jumping off point for an entire room.

I’ve put together a bit of a Union Jack store for you so you can get moving on your own Union Jack inspired decor:

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I’m really attracted to these spaces because they feature simple interior design — no tricks or amazing feats of decorating are needed to emulate this in your own home. Take a look and see if you agree.

Simple Interior Design: Living Room

This relaxed living room looks so comfortable. | japanesetrash.com

This living room very smartly relies on the texture provided by the floor to do the heavy lifting; all of the pieces are simple and easy. The layering of cushions and the added rugs are just right.

Simple Interior Design: Bedroom

This simple bedroom is just right. | japanesetrash.com

Probably the trickiest thing about this bedroom is the use of two pendants on either side of the bed. Everything else is simplicity itself–and those lamps aren’t a huge distraction for me.

Simple Interior Design: Outside

Outside may be the easiest place to keep it simple with design. | japanesetrash.com

Outside may be the easiest place to keep it simple with design, but this is just right. I could see myself enjoying the fire and a glass of that wine.

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