Looking to find out how to decorate with blue and white decor? Here are some easy tips and some amazing blue and white finds.

Blue and white is such a classic color combination. From accessories to furniture to texture and pattern, I’m sharing 5 easy and simple ways to work blue and white into any decor.

Just between us? Blue and white is my everything.

When I was young and in love with my first house, I went all blue and white with my decor.  I remember thinking it was the most beautiful color combination on the planet.  It literally covered every inch of my tiny house.

Plates I bought at thrift stores.

Blue and white painted floor cloths.

Blue and white toile drapes.

Everything blue.  Everything white.

All. The. Time.

And then?  One day, I looked at all that blue and white decor and it looked a little off.  It looked lame.  I was tired of it.  It looked old and dated and totally last century.  So I had a yard sale and sold everything blue and white and ran out and became friends with black and white and khaki.

And then gray showed up to the decorating party.

Then gray was so last year’s news, so I dumped him and hung out and partied with neutrals.

And then?

How to Decorate With Blue and White planter

When I moved back into the house I grew up in?

I looked around and came to the overwhelming conclusion…..


Blue and white had been there for me all along.

It was waiting for me just on the other side of neutral.

Here are just a few ways I’ve added it back into my spaces.

How to Decorate With Blue and White

Blue and white is a classic color combination that is timeless and elegant. Whether you want to add a touch of sophistication to your living room or create a coastal vibe in your bedroom, blue and white decor is a versatile choice that can work in any space.

By incorporating blue and white throw pillows, ceramics, artwork, textiles, and books, you can create a cohesive look that reflects your style and personality. Whether you prefer a coastal, traditional, or modern vibe, blue and white decor is a versatile choice that can work in any home.

Here are 5 easy ways to decorate with blue and white decor.


There are so many beautiful fabric patterns in blue and white.  Fabric choices range from a simple blue ticking to an intricate overall floral.  You can also easily mix and match patterns. Incorporate blue and white textiles into your decor. From curtains to rugs, there are many ways to incorporate blue and white textiles into your decor. Try adding blue and white shades to your living room or bedroom, or hang blue and white curtains for a subtle touch of color.

Why not start with a brilliant blue curtain in a floral?

Here are some of the prettiest (and affordable) blue and white curtains I found:

Then add blue and white polka dot pillows like these.

Or add a monogrammed tea towel like this one.

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.

blue and white decor accessories


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.

Texture can serve as a color, too. I’ve added fresh flowers to this table all the time, but I also fill a blue bowl with texture like these seagrass accessories.

This gold and glass coffee table is another good example of adding metal in as a texture and it’s under $100.

You can see the coffee table here.


Sometimes making fabric choices can be a little overwhelming and an investment.

Why not start dating blue and white with simple accessories?

Blue and white ceramics such as vases, bowls, and plates are a great place to start. They are perfect for displaying on shelves or mantels and can be mixed with other decorative objects to create a cohesive look.

Artwork is a great way to add color and personality to your space. Look for blue and white paintings or prints that match your style and decor.

Books are not only great for reading, but they can also be used as decorative objects. Look for blue and white books that match your decor and display them on a coffee table or bookshelf.

Accessories like these are a great way to meet a classic without the commitment.

Here are some of my favorite blue and white and texture accessories:

I have an entire collection of milk glass on my navy and white bookcase.

A collection like this is another great place to start.

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.

blue and white decor chairs


I started planning for this room when I found these blue and white chairs.


They were the perfect accent piece for the room.

blue and white decor bench

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.

Here are a few of my favorite blue and white pieces and some of the furniture from this room:

blue and white decor pillows

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Add pattern with blue and white throw pillows.

Pillows are the simplest and easiest way to add a pop of blue and white to your space. You can mix and match different patterns and textures for a layered look. Try pairing a classic blue and white stripe pillow with a floral or geometric patterned pillow.

Here’s an example of mixing patterns with pillows in the room.  In this picture, three different blue and white patterns are combined with these pillows on the couch (four if you count my shirt).

Start by grounding the room with a blue patterned rug.

Next, add a smaller pattern on the curtains.

Then introduce bold patterns in the pillows.

You could also introduce your accent color or texture here, too.

Here are some of my favorite pillows:

blue and white decor living room

I took this picture earlier in the month when we were trying to decide on the rug. Here’s another example of mixing patterns.  The walls are white, so this allows for a little pattern play in the room. In this picture, six different blue and white patterns are combined to create this living room (seven if you count the artwork on the wall).

You can shop this ENTIRE room here.

And 21 of my favorite blue and white finds here.

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The joy of blue and white decorating?

You don’t have to take it seriously. Step out on faith and decorate with what works for you.

Throw caution to the wind and ignore the trends and stick with a classic.

Timeless wins every time.

PS  This post was enthusiastically brought to you by the color blue and the color white. 🙂

PPS Find tons more blue and white  decor on my Pinterest page here.

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  1. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    All so fresh and pretty and inspiring! I repainted all of the interior rooms of our home when we moved in because they were slightly gray and depressing. Now they're all white, and the decor is all blue and white (with pink right now, for spring!), so this post is super for me! Thanks!

  2. Image for Yvonne Shafer Yvonne Shafer

    Hi! I love seeing pictures of your blue and white rooms. This is my favorite combo too and I’ve always had blue and white decor. I just can’t pass up anything blue/white and striped! The classics are always in style! I look forward to seeing more of your decorating ideas!

  3. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    I love your house. Everything. I have just unblue and whited my bedroom. I need a change. But I kept everything because I know I will be coming back to it. Such a beautiful mixture. Thank you for the story.

  4. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Blue and white has been my happy place for years. I’ve always had a navy sofa and as you said I can accessorize it in any color. My husband built a new kitchen with white shaker solid wood cabinets. So many friends said that we should have painted the cabinets gray. I’m glad we didn’t. White looks so good with blue ❤️

  5. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Although I don't currently use blue in my home I must say you have done a beautiful job with your blue and white decor. Very classic!

  6. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    💙, 💙, 💙 it all!! Great resources and thank you for some very cheery ideas!! (I'm going to be a copycat on a few these 😉)

  7. Image for Pamela Franzen Pamela Franzen

    Can you please do a blog about the perfect whites? I think you have done this in the past, but I would love a repeat to accompany this blog. Thanks!


    KariAnne, your blue and white living room is absolutely beautiful! Blue and white is my color, too. I have loved this color combination for years. It is truly a classic. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous home with us and giving us all the info as to where we can purchase the items. I am going to order some pillows. You just can't have enough pillows!

  9. Image for laura laura

    Hi!! I agree that "timeless wins every time!" My mom decorated the whole house in blue and white when I was growing up (long ago) and I loved it so much! Such a nice space to be in. Blue and white is what attracted me to your BLOG - you use the pair so well!! Thank you, as always, for sharing! xox

  10. Image for Sandy Ramos Sandy Ramos

    Hola, Can you share where you obtained these 2 items? If the plate came from one of your treasure finds what is the china pattern on the back of the plate. I really love these 2 items. - platter with 2 rose prints - round blue bowl Thanks, Sandy

  11. Image for Cindy Stierhoff Cindy Stierhoff

    OK Kari, I’m on board with the blue & white in my home too, coastal edge for me now that I live in Texas, not California. But you have reached new heights! That gorgeous blue & white top you wear in photo where you step into the room to add more rattan balls into centerpiece, where is that top from? And the rattan bracelets, just the perfect compliment to blue & white, warm against cool.

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