An Ode to Blue & White

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Timeless, classic and always pretty, blue and white might be our favorite seminal color combination. A staple in traditional decor, it seems as if almost anything pairs nicely with blue and white. And it’s one of the most livable color schemes, evoking a peaceful, elegant aesthetic that is hard to tire of.

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The versatility of blue and white is one of it’s strongest attributes. The two hues go well in any room. For example, its lovely in a bedroom evoking harmonious vibes, as seen in the slightly feminine bedroom top right. Conversely, the use of blue and white stripes works perfectly in the breezway pictured top left. The horizontal striped fabric used on the outdoor curtains is light, airy and almost whimsical.

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A master and long time fan of blue and white color schemes, American designer Charlotte Moss uses the combo all the time.

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Charlotte scrapbooks often and gathers her inspiration, making elaborate collages, all of which are on display in her recently published book Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life. Her ability to pair traditional blue and white toile patterns or chintz prints with more modern pieces creates the updated, English look she is known for. In the above bedroom, she not only does the bold thing of putting the bed smack dab in the middle, but also uses three different blue and white patterns including wallpaper and two different fabric prints. To finish it off, a blue velvet ottoman placed next to the bed, which has nice pops of pink.

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Of course, one of the most common instances of this color combination can be seen in porcelain and china wares. Collecting ginger jars has risen in popularity, we see them all over the decorating magazines. If you’re interested, you can read a full history of where these jars originate here, the short version being that the real antiques date back to the Tang dynasty and were made to hold ginger, the most valued spice. Hand painted in blue and white patterns, they come in all shapes and sizes, adding a touch of historical charm to any space they occupy.

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There’s nothing like pairing blue and white with creamy yellows. It’s just a pretty, happy color scheme. At home this works well, seen in the yellow, blue and white dining room above.
 
Like this pleasing look? Here’s how you can add some blue and white via The Kellogg Collection:

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