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.

How to Decorate With Blue and White

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…..

…..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

1.  FABRIC

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:

Then add a blue fabric in different patterns with pillows.

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.

How to Decorate With Blue and White centerpiece

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.

Green.

Yellow.

Pink.

Red.

Orange.

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.

How to Decorate With Blue and White bookcase

3.  ACCESSORIES

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:

How to Decorate With Blue and White 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.

4. FURNITURE

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

Seriously.

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:

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).

You can shop this ENTIRE room here.

And 21 of my favorite blue and white finds here.

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. 🙂

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Comments

  1. Image for Renae Renae

    Blue is my favorite color, but I didn’t start decorating with it until last week when I did a blue and white tablescape. It makes my heart so happy every time that I walk by. I definitely need to add blue and white touches around the house. It’s going to be my new neutral. Hugs to you.

  2. Image for Dj Dj

    I built a new home 2 years ago, and have chosen a blue color theme for the main floor. It is so refreshing and cheerful. We love it. I appreciate your posts, advice and lovely pictures. Love many of your ideas including the navy background cabinet. Personally I am not a fan of your rug….i think the pattern and color are too bold for my taste. Have you ever changed it out for a more muted one?

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      DJ, I'm laughing as I'm typing this! That blue and white rug is putting the twins through college! LOL! It's my number one purchased item from the blog for three years in a row. :) happy day! KariAnne

  3. Image for Beth Christoff Beth Christoff

    Don't forget orange, it also is amazing with blue! It's so happy - what color is an orange? Why, it's orange! I'm working on an orange and blue "designeresque" quilt where I use high end designer fabric squares from sample books. So much fun! Love your posts and your shopping sites. Have a great week!

  4. Image for Judy Judy

    You are just the cutest with your blouse matching your blue and white pillows. You know...If you were sitting on your sofa, we wouldn't be able to see you...haha! I have always loved blue and white porcelains and probably own too many pieces. I have used an all blue and white interior in the past. The problem is, since I live in Michigan (I'm looking out at a mini snow storm today) all blue and white interiors can be too cold. I have actually changed to a different color scheme, but all of my blue and white porcelains still look great. I see them as going beautifully with any other color scheme.

    1. Image for Kris Kris

      You are getting the snowstorm, too? To think it was in the 60s on Saturday! I have dashes of blue in my house, but I can't seem to stick to just two colors. I'm sure your porcelains look lovely no matter what color scheme you have.

  5. Image for Jeanne Schendt Jeanne Schendt

    You are such a crazy fun lady. So happy to follow all your beautiful decorating. Recovering from major back surgery so I’m enjoying all your posts and jotting down changes I want to make in my own home. Thanks for all your joy you bring me.

  6. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    So love the blue and white. My mom was nuts for blue and white-have pictures of her in front of a Blue and white floor to ceiling displays in London and Bath Spa. So every time I see blue and white I think of her. Every room in my house has some bit of blue and white. :)

  7. Image for Linda Scott Linda Scott

    When I first saw your blog your living room took my breath away. It.is.that.beautiful!! Then you added the blue to your book shelves and that made the room feel even cozier and balanced since the wall behind the shelves is also in the blue on the opposite wall. Thanks always for the inspiration!! Does your husband know that you date around?? with colors, I mean!! That was cute the way you wrote that!! I get around too because I party with them all!! LOL!

  8. Image for MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!)

    KariAnne, your home is just beautiful with all your blue and white personal touches! I just love blue and white and have a lot in our home, too. It is so classic and will always be in style! Thanks for your posts with all your lovely pictures! Have a great week!

  9. Image for Nita Nita

    Years ago a designer stated in a book, look at the colors you wear most often and decorate with that color! Guess what color? I've always loved blue and use it now in my LR & DR. We'll be downsizing soon but blue and creamy white will be my go to colors!! I love all your blue and white; it's a lovely home!

  10. Image for Veronica Veronica

    The living room is so pretty! I bought the rug when you recommended for my dining area. I love it! Do you mind sharing where you bought your blue and white blouse? It's gorgeous!

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