Coastal Colors: Blue & White
Whether crisp and tailored or soft and casual, this classic combo never goes out of style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For a yachtlike look, dress a built-in bed with navy and white. Brass fixtures and polished wood accents enhance the stateroom 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.