A masterful mix of blue and pretty patterns meld with natural elements in this soothing family room designed by Katie Rosenfeld. Bonus: The upholstery is crafted with fuss-free outdoor fabric, perfect for wet bathing suits and sandy feet.
4 of 20Photo: David A. Land; Stylist: Martha Bernabe
Cheerful aqua appliances set the tone for this peppy Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, kitchen designed by Cortney Bishop. The Kelly Wearstler banquette fabric is the epitome of coastal cool.
6 of 20Alec Hemer
Opt for a look that's both sophisticated and casual. While stripes and embroidered details lend a touch of formality, slipcovers with tie-backs keep the room relaxed.
7 of 20Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Dress up outdoor furniture with blue-and-white upholstery. The palette works just as well on woven and teak pieces as it does on vintage metal.
8 of 20Robert T. Mauer
Put a contemporary twist on tradition. Pair more-familiar furnishings covered in navy with bold, white, modern pieces. The graceful lines will ensure the room still feels homey.
9 of 20Jean Allsopp
Blue calms the senses and reflects the sea and sky. Use it on accent pieces or splash it on walls to add a cool, soothing touch to any space.
10 of 20Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
For a yachtlike look, dress a built-in bed with navy and white. Brass fixtures and polished wood accents enhance the stateroom effect.
11 of 20Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Multiply for Effect
Repeat a pattern on multiple applications for maximum impact. A large-scale print in a light blue and white looks dramatic and graphic but still pretty and inviting.
12 of 20James R. Salomon
Tie It Together
Connect indoors and out with a consistent color scheme. Because the walls around this window seat echo the color of the Dutch door, the barrier between interior and exterior is blurred.
13 of 20Tria Giovan
Bring back decorative ceilings. Though they fell from favor after the 1960s (think trellis wallpaper), they’re back. Instead of spending thousands on a hand-blocked paper, you can create your own elevated art with painted stripes, collages composed of colorful botanicals―even nautical charts. When in doubt, go for less. A little embellishment overhead will garner plenty of attention.
14 of 20Photographer Roger Davies
Vary Hues of Blue
Florida-based designer Phoebe Howard advises mixing blue by sticking with one hue and varying its intensity. Despite the layered patterns, this living room still exudes a relaxing atmosphere. "There's a riot going on here, " she says, "but because each shade is from the basic hue, the room is still calm and relaxing."
15 of 20Photographer Roger Davies
Designer William Diamond says repeated geometry adds interest and energy without competing with the soothing feel of the blues in this Diamond-Baratta designed space.