Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Blue & White: An Updated Classic

Blue and white is a classic color scheme. Prominently used in coastal and country decor, navy, porcelain, and dusty blue have graced many decorating magazine covers. In recent years, aqua, turquoise, Tiffany blue, and sea foam have joined the ranks of the blue and white scheme. Used in contemporary, country, coastal, traditional, and transitional design, blue and white creates a soothing, crisp and clean feeling.
(above: Domino Jan. 2009, myhomeideas.com, decorateandrenovate.com)

Right: Sea glass colored walls and bead-board paneling add a fresh and clean feel to this casual, yet contemporary version of the coastal blue and white scheme. Black and white prints draw the eye to the sea glass walls, and orange whimsical pillows bring the eye back down to the sofa. The white slipcovered sofa is clean and minimal, with slim arms and a short skirt. Touches of coral are perfectly displayed on the black pedestal end table. Note, in a coastal decor theme, not every accessory has to have a shell or boat on it. The toss pillows add color and a floral pattern to the room which adds personality. (Morgan Harrison Home)

Left: Aqua walls are toned down with white bookcases and upholstery. Two layers of area rugs adds visual interest and color below the white sofa. Aqua and white floral panels unite the color scheme on the windows. A honey pine coffee table adds warmth, and pillows add a splash of yellow.

Note, adding a third color to a blue and white color scheme can keep the room from feeling static. Keep it simple with a few pillows or accessories. (allyou.com)

Right: Adding black to a blue and white scheme makes this bedroom sophisticated and sleek. Soft blue walls and bedding contrast with the zebra print chair. They eye is drawn to the black lamps with the tan linen shades. The headboard and window treatments are also in a tan linen, adding organic texture, which keeps the room from feeling like a hotel. (Cottage Living)

Left: Nautical gets an update with bold, cabana stripes on the rug and a large, wavy pattern on the valance and pillows. An over-sized, sepia sailboat print and a sprig of coral keep the sea theme subtle. A blonde paneled wall and a cork tray add touches of wood, but in a lighter shade than the typical teak found in nautical design. Note, a sconce on the wall is a great way to fit in a lighting fixture into a corner when using a sectional.
(House Beautiful, May 2008)

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