Looking to find out how to decorate with blue and white? 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.
I looked around and came to the overwhelming conclusion…..
…..WHAT WAS I THINKING?
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
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.
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:
- this beautiful overall pattern (love this one)
- this toile pattern
- these linen curtains
- these striped curtains
- these sheer horizontal striped curtains
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 OR TEXTURE
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.
You can see it here.
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.
Here are some of my favorite blue and white and texture accessories:
- these blue and white balls
- these blue and white prints
- this colorful artwork
- this set of three blue and white planters
- these blue and white striped pillows
- this blue and white ginger jar
- this gold fireplace screen
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.
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.
Here are a few of my favorite blue and white pieces and some of the furniture from this room:
5. PATTERN PLAY
Here’s an example of mixing patterns. 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:
- this dot pillow
- these pillows with different pattern
- this set of ginger jar pillows
- this blue peacock pillow
- this swirled navy pillow
I took this picture earlier in the month. 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).
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.
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