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Decorating Details: Beautiful Blue-and-White Accents

Blue and white is a classic color combination

Written and produced by Lucy Fitzgerald
  • John Bessler

    The classic combination of blue and white always provides an element of refined sophistication—even in details.

    A round mahogany table and area rug establish the dining area in this updated kitchen, which boasts warm woods and a large navy blue range. Touching off of the range’s deep hue, the dining chairs are upholstered in a graphic fabric from Brunschwig & Fils. The chairs’ fretwork backs reflect the fabric’s woven pattern and lend textural interest to the dining area.

    See more of this European kitchen remodel on the following slide.

  • John Bessler

    Neutral Living Area Accented with Blue, White, and Green

    Just off the kitchen, the sitting area’s neutral palette is given character with fabrics in blue, white, and green at the windows and pillows. The playful fabrics are from Brunschwig & Fils.

    See the rest of this beautiful kitchen remodel here.

    Design: Laurie Finn and Mary Dore
    Kitchen design: Jim Dove

  • John Granen

    Sunny Dining Room with Breakfront Display

    The focal point of this sunny yellow dining room is a custom-designed, built-in breakfront displaying the homeowner’s collection of Italian dishware.

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  • John Granen

    Blue-and-White Dishware Details

    The dishware’s crisp blue-and-white patterns provide a pretty counterpoint to the dining room’s lemon-yellow palette. The simple white breakfront lets the vintage pieces pop.

  • John Granen

    Bright Hallway with Blue-and-White Runner

    A spacious hallway behind the dining room is lined with cabinets and doubles as a butler’s pantry. Warming the dark hardwood floors is a blue and white rug runner from Patterson, Flynn & Martin.

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    Design: Wendy Posard

  • John Ellis

    White Kitchen with Blue Accents

    Glossy black floors serve as the springboard for a radiant white kitchen accented with sky blues. Glass-front cabinets showcase a collection of blue-and-white dishware. Blue tile trim on the countertops and backsplash keep the theme consistent.

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    Design: Carmen Lopez

  • Virginia MacDonald

    Blue and White Upholstery in a Luminescent Living Room

    Wooden chairs upholstered in an arresting blue-and-white floral fabric from Marvic Textiles stand out against stark white walls and silvery furnishings. The pattern’s royal blues work to ground the living room’s airy palette.

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    Design: Colette van den Thillart

  • John Bessler

    Frosty Holiday Details in Blue and White

    Sparkly blues and whites are a classic holiday color pairing, especially when given an icy sheen. In this holiday home, small clusters of blue and white pinecone ornaments decorate the dining room’s birch-log side chairs.

    See more of this cozy cabin on the following slide.

  • John Bessler

    Country Bedroom with Blue and White Fabrics

    Country French details abound in this girl’s bedroom, which is accented with blue-and-white fabrics. Toile shades and a matching bedskirt are a classic touch; gingham fabric on the armchair and ottoman are trimmed in ribbons of ivory for a polished look. The area rug from Stark ties the room’s blue-and-white fabrics together.

    Explore the rest of this Christmas cabin here.

    Design: Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey

  • Gordon Beall

    Old World Kitchen with Blue-and-White Tiles

    A traditional kitchen combines eco-friendly materials with Old World style. The wood-fired oven is built into a wall of handmade blue-and-white tiles, their structured pattern making the wall a focal point of the kitchen.

    See tile details on the following slide.

  • Gordon Beall

    Tile Backsplash Details

    Based on antique European drawings, the tiles give the kitchen personality and a charming traditional style.

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    Design: Sandy Kline

  • Gordon Beall

    White Living Room Accented in Blue

    An all-white palette in this living room is punctuated by blues at the pillows and area rug, lending nautical appeal to this coastal home.

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  • Gordon Beall

    Blue-and-White Covered Terrace

    Outside, a terrace covered by a white pergola is appointed with wooden lounge chairs. The chairs are covered in navy blue fabrics from Ralph Lauren Home with white pillows for a clean look.

  • Gordon Beall

    White Porch with Blue Glass Details

    Below a hanging lantern of blue Venetian glass sits a table and wicker chairs in crisp white. Striped pillows from Ralph Lauren Home and blue glassware on the table add to the preppy palette.

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    Design: Erin Paige Pitts

  • Emily Minton Redfield

    Living Room Palette Inspired by Blue-and-White Porcelain

    The homeowner’s collection of antique Chinese porcelain influenced the color palette of the entire home, designed by Joseph Minton. The living room’s warm golds and creamy neutrals create a lovely counterbalance to the number of blue and white pieces displayed throughout.

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  • Emily Minton Redfield

    Elegant Entry with Blue Details

    The colors in the entry are more subdued but hint at the home’s palette beyond. A pair of porcelain urns are displayed on custom-glazed pedestals, while the rich blues are reflected in the pillows’ fabrics from Clarence House as well as the stair runner.

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    Design: Joseph Minton

  • John Bessler

    Showhouse Pool Terrace in Blues and Oranges

    The pool terrace at the Hampton Designer Showhouse buzzes with vibrant tangerine outdoor fabrics, their tropical hues offset by brilliant blues and crisp whites. Orange is a natural counterpoint to blue.

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    Design: Kerry Delrose

  • Werner Straube

    Kitchen Range Accented in Blues

    Inspired by a collection of antique transferware, the blue-and-white range backsplash is made of Delft tiles and coordinating accent and border tiles. Antique Chinese Cantonware pieces displayed above feature a concentrated blue to tie the palette together.

    Design: Kristi Nelson

  • Jonny Valiant

    Blue and White Place Settings

    Colorful place settings in blue and white provide an artistic display for white dishes and flatware from Juliska in this showhouse dining room.

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    Design: Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler

  • Joe Schmelzer

    Rich Master Bedroom with Blue Highlights

    A serene master bedroom dressed in whites and contrasting olive-greens is given a color boost with bedside lamps from Barclay Butera. The blues of the lamps are picked up in the richly patterned antique rug underfoot.

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    Design: Julie Hovnanian

  • Gordon Beall

    Yellow Kitchen with Pops of Blue and White

    Blue and white decorative plates are arranged over an arch in this bright kitchen. The walls are covered in heavy-gauge golden raffia, against which the plates’ blue tones pop.

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    Design: Suellen Gregory

  • John Bessler

    Holiday Tabletop with Blue and White Tones

    A holiday tabletop is festooned with garlands of fresh pine and nautical blue and white dishes. A cobalt-blue gnome stands as the table’s centerpiece and complements the Spode marine plates and Provençal linen napkins.

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    Design: Laura Langworthy

  • Robert Brantley

    Luxurious Loggia Upholstered in Blue and White

    In the heart of Palm Beach, the Red Cross Designer Showhouse stuns with rooms created by the best designers from around the country. The waterfront covered loggia, designed by Michael Powers, is reminiscent of Greek’s white buildings and blue rooftops. Chairs feature a blue lacquered finish and are upholstered in a preppy Ralph Lauren striped print. Sheer draperies soften the rich blues and keep the light flowing.

    Tour the rest of the 2011 Red Cross Designer Showhouse here.

    Design: Michael Powers

  • Werner Straube

    Heirloom Chair in Blue and White

    An heirloom rocking chair is covered an ivory fabric. Family names are hand-painted in a dusty blue, the script mimicking traditional embroidery. The soothing combination of ivory and baby blue lend comfortable and classic appeal to the piece, which is sure to be passed down through generations to come.

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    Design: Virginia Mary Brown

  • Werner Straube

    Blue and White Bedside Details

    A set of classic blue-and-white dishes is displayed on a bedside table. The vibrant blues of the dishes and complementary gilt clock above punctuate the bedroom’s neutral palette.

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    Design: JoAnne Haynes

  • John Bessler

    Silver Kitchen with Subtle Blue Details

    Stainless steel, nickel fixtures, and an eye-catching mosaic backsplash paint this kitchen in luminous silvers and grays. A trio of blue-and-white jugs provide a pop of color in the otherwise neutral space, designed by Bob Bakes. “I’m a big fan of accents and pleasant distractions in a room–whether through the subtle injection of color or shape or the drama of something like a custom-designed backsplash,” Bakes says. “Design should be fun and energetic.”

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    Design: Bob Bakes

  • John Bessler

    White Outdoor Fabrics Accented with Blues

    Woven rattan furniture from Gloster is covered in blue-and-white outdoor fabrics on the showhouse deck, designed by Jeff Lincoln. Graphic stripes add color and interest to the area.

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    Design: Jeff Lincoln