7 Gorgeous Ways to Use Blue and White

Blue and white are meant to be together—just think of blue skies with white, puffy clouds, or white-capped ocean waves. Whether your style leans toward classic American country, coastal or contemporary, blue and white always works. Here are 10 ways to introduce a blue and white scheme into your home.

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Blue and white toss pillows and ceramics

Freshen up a neutral living room for spring and summer with a smattering of classic true-blue and white patterned pillows. Cluster a few pieces of blue and white ceramics on the coffee table or a nearby shelf to help the blue feel at home.

A sky-blue ceiling

An instant mood lifter, soft blue ceilings look amazing with crisp white walls. Try this in the kitchen or breakfast nook, or anywhere you want a little boost of happiness and positivity.

Painted wood furniture

Give your flea market and yard sale finds a new look with a coat of paint. Consider using all-natural milk paint—depending on how many coats you apply, you can allow some of the wood grain to show through, giving the furniture a fun, chalky, vintage look.

A patterned rug

A bold patterned blue and white rug is a great piece to invest in. Roll one out in the living room, and your decorating will be virtually done for you. Solid furniture pieces in blue, linen and white make great mates, as do rattan and wicker pieces.

A sophisticated kitchen

A deep gray with blue undertones looks especially rich on kitchen cabinets when paired with marble. If you can’t splurge on a marble counter, spring for a marble baking board instead. You’ll get a similar effect for a lot less cash.

Shades of blue

Using a subtly different shade of blue on the walls and ceiling is easier to pull off than you might think, especially when the two are separated by crisp white trim. Gather inspiration from a favorite painting or photograph of ocean waves and have several of the colors matched at the paint store.

Nautical accents

Think old glass buoys, sun-bleached coral, sand dollars and sea-life-themed pillows, which are mixed to perfection on this screened-in porch. Whether you are decorating a porch or an interior room, round out your seaworthy finds with raw wood, metal and garden ceramics for a balanced look.

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