For a long time, I’ve admired the look of a big flag hung in a room to serve as art. Doesn’t matter how simple or detailed the flag, I’m a sucker for the look. Emily Henderson has two that show how great this large-scale art can be. A vintage Red Cross flag above a sofa fills that large expanse without feeling overbearing.
In her current house, she has a simple blue and white stripe flag above a credenza. Both designs are simple, two color styles that make a bold statement, without needing a frame.
Or, when framed, the flag becomes a piece big enough to anchor a bed, serving as a headboard.
So I know flags as art isn’t a new thing, but I’ve recently added one to our home, with a twist.
The lovely ladies behind Flagology recently asked me if I’d want to try a custom house flag, either outside or indoors. A million options ran through my mind, designs, colors, even where I could hang it.
With such a neutral laundry room, I thought it’d be fun to add large scale, colorful art in the mix. At 28 inches wide by 40 inches tall, the size fills the end wall perfectly. While I loved everything about it, I realized the light weight piece would work even better in the basement hall.
Why does the weight matter so much on this wall? Well, this wall is mostly a pocket door and essentially only drywall to hang anything on.
So I found a section of wooden dowel, ran it through the top pocket, and added twine to hang the flag from.
A thumb tack easily holds the flag in place, and doesn’t need heavy-duty hangers.
Thanks to the thick, outdoor quality fabric, I don’t have to worry about mess hands, shoulder bumps (not to be confused with shoulder pads), or anything else damaging the flag. That’s not something I can say about traditional frames with glass or even canvas paintings.
Creating a custom flag was as simple as uploading a .jpeg file, clicking the mouse a few times, and done. Knowing I wanted this to look a bit more like art than a traditional flag, I created a design based on a paint by number scene. The Flagtastic fabric kept the greens of the mountains and trees vibrant to really liven up this dark little hallway.
Now to get some more art on these walls! I’ve had a special print waiting in the wings for that wall at the end of the hall. Getting to the accessory stage is so much fun because that’s where the personality and life come into play.
If you like this idea, you’ll love that Flagology is giving one custom house flag or doormat to a lucky reader! Just for our readers, Flagology is offering 20% off all custom flags and doormats (does not include Create4Me or accessories)-just enter the code OHA20 to redeem your deal.
This post was sponsored by Flagology, but all ideas, opinions, and photos are my own.
3 thoughts on “Flags as Art”
Any chance you could share that .jpg? I would love to recreate this.
Agreed – I love this print so much – any chance you could share? Thanks!
I’ll third that request. I’d love to get a copy of that jpeg because that flag is the bomb! Really love your aesthetic and all the work you’ve done in updating your home.