Coastal Colors: Blue & White

Whether crisp and tailored or soft and casual, this classic combo never goes out of style.


Alec Hemer

Classic Combo

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.


Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Outdoor Options

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.


Robert T. Mauer

Bold Marriage

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.


Jean Allsopp

Home Spa

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.


Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Sail Away

For a yachtlike look, dress a built-in bed with navy and white. Brass fixtures and polished wood accents enhance the stateroom effect.


Deborah 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.


James 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.


Tria Giovan

Get Creative

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.

Vary Hues of Blue

Photographer 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."

Geometric Accents

Photographer Roger Davies

Geometric Accents

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.

No-Fail Blue #1

Cook's Blue by Farrow & Ball


No-Fail Blue #2

Cool Lagoon by Pittsburgh Paints


No-Fail Blue #3

Early Morn by Pratt & Lambert


No-Fail Blue #4

Hyper Blue by Sherwin-Williams


No-Fail Blue #5

Nocturnal Sea by Behr

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