I know I’m smiling here, but in super sad news, we finally took the Christmas decorations down.
They are packed away and patiently waiting for November.
And when the last box was packed and I stood in the middle of my non-Christmas blue and white living room, it got me thinking. Isn’t it interesting that there are color schemes and patterns that come and go? We change our colors like we change our hair color. Sometimes for the better. Sometimes for the….ummm….what was I thinking? The world declares that this is the IT color and it catches our eye. One year it’s purple and the next year it’s brown and orange and the year after that? Yellow and turquoise.
I still remember when blush and bashful were a thing.
But sometimes in the midst of all of those choices, a classic comes along. A go-to color combination that never fails to make us smile. One color combination that has stood the test of time….
….is blue and white.
If you are not about trends and want to embrace a little classic decorating, here are some ideas for introducing a little tried and true color into your home.
There are so many beautiful fabric patterns in blue and white. Fabric choices range from a simple blue ticking to an intricate over-all floral. You can also easily mix and match patterns.
Why not start with a brilliant blue curtain in a floral?
Then add a blue fabric in different patterns with pillows.
Choosing the simplicity of blue and white makes mixing and matching easy and fun.
Quick tip: your blues don’t have to match perfectly. I like blues that are friends with each other, but they don’t have to be an exact color match. It keeps the blues so much more interesting.
2. Add in a contrasting color
You can always enhance the blue and white color scheme with the addition of a contrasting color.
Blue has a lot of friends.
Or all of the above.
And sometimes it doesn’t even have to be in the accessories or the fabric. Depending on the season, I like to add color with fresh flowers. The blue is the perfect backdrop for a grouping of peonies and daisies.
Keeping the floors and furniture neutral lets you quickly change out the color combination for the season.
Sometimes making fabric choices can be a little overwhelming and an investment.
Why not start dating blue and white with simple accessories?
It’s a great way to meet a classic without the commitment.
My best tip?
Find a few pieces to start your collection at yard sales. They are so easy to find for under $5.
Blue and white dishes and glasses are also readily available at estate sales and thrift stores.
I started planning for this room when I found these chairs.
They were the perfect accent piece for the room.
Sometimes an accent chair or this bench that I found at a yard sale are the perfect pieces to add a little color to your room.
You don’t have to go all in with all the furniture.
Just an accent piece here or there.
5. Pattern play
Here’s an example of mixing patterns. In this picture, four different blue and white patterns are combined to create this dining room (five if you count the plates).
Start by grounding the room with a blue patterned rug.
Next, add a large overall pattern on the curtains.
Then introduce a small striped pattern in the dining room chairs.
Finish off the room with different patterns on the throw pillows.
Here’s another example of mixing patterns. In this picture, six different blue and white patterns are combined to create this dining room (seven if you count the bench on the other wall).
Start by grounding the room with this AMAZING rug.
Next, add a smaller pattern on the curtains.
Layer in more blue and white with different patterns on the throw pillows.
The joy of blue and white decorating?
You don’t have to take it seriously. Step out on faith.
Throw caution to the wind and ignore the trends and stick with a classic.
Timeless wins every time.
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