These colors are truly best friends as you’ll discover in this gallery of Blue and White Interiors. Be inspired by aqua, navy, slate, and teal in a collection of inspiring traditional, European inspired, and even contemporary spaces. What makes a blue and white combination deliver tranquil magic to a classic romantic bedroom, classic charm to an All-American cozy cottage, chic to a townhouse entry, or whimsy to an otherwise humdrum bath? We’ll dig deeper.
Blue and White Interiors: How Do They Work Magic?
There are some designers who are simply magicians when it comes to using blue and white, and here’s the first book of guidance that springs to mind and takes an All-American approach:
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Blue Accents: California Modern Farmhouse
Tone on tone is an effective color story strategy for evoking calm. But layering blue in an otherwise all white decor scheme creates depth and weight that feels inviting, casual, and highly livable.
The blue ottoman seems more likely to be used for relaxing tired feet than a pristine white covered piece would.
Classic & Pretty Blue Kitchen
This French country kitchen with blue and white porcelain accents and traditional style belongs to Tina of The Enchanted Home, and her shop is stocked with beautiful blue and white porcelain pieces you’ll adore.
What a double blessing to have side by side farm sinks!
Whether you lean toward Coastal Grandmother, Grandmillenial, traditional, coastal, classic, or preppy style, you likely gravitate toward blue and white porcelain as well.
Chinoiserie, ginger jars, tulipieres, and china with beautiful blue and white patterns look right at home and beautiful when grouped together in a kitchen (above)…
or a living room as above.
Pssst. I love the idea of starting with something inexpensive and non-committal like the shower curtain above when you’re on the fence about adding blue or a bold accent color.
Blue paint is also a smart way to experiment…but which blue? I can help.
Deep Coastal Blue Paint Color In a Carolina Cottage
A beautiful blue painted built-in can play a starring role when it pops against a crisp, clean white. But which blue paint? White white paint?
Lisa Furey painted shiplap, ceilings, walls, and trim with BM White OC-150 in the entry of this lovely coastal home above. The built-in (so helpful when an entry has no designated closet storage) is painted this beautiful blue paint color:
The deep blue also shows up on a door and is echoed in a stair runner:
Even when you have decided to paint a space white (see THIS) or blue, it can be a daunting task to find the right shade. It is helpful to begin with viewing photos online to gather a handful of colors to sample before choosing what works best in your unique space.
Designer Lisa Furey loved BM White so much for this home that she also slathered the exterior with it! See this post about white exterior colors if you’re wondering what beauty is possible when you choose wisely.
Light Blue & White + Classic Decor in a Showhouse
Oh my heavens, this sophisticated timelessly tranquil bedroom with soft blue and white design by Tristan Harstan!
I still daydream about it years after its unveiling in Atlanta!
The designer noted the blues and neutrals in this romantic space recall “the tones of rain clouds, water, stone.”
Notice the haint blue ceiling of this beautiful blue bedroom’s sitting room! Would such an effect work in one of your spaces? Why not give it a whirl?
The dreamy green blue hue the designer chose? SHERWIN WILLIAMS Rainwashed.
Admiration for traditional style, luxurious textiles, and Swedish and French furniture is apparent throughout this gorgeous project…remember this home’s kitchen!?!
Isn’t it interesting that when we hear “earth tones” or colors from nature, most of us immediately think of warmer golds and browns rather than cool blue?
If blue on the walls and ceiling are not the look you’re after for your own space, here are ideas for neutral paint colors for a soothing backdrop:
Stunning Blue Wallpaper & Blue Tiled Powder Bathrooms
Wallpapered bathrooms have been around for ages, but they seem to be having a moment as more homeowners need their interiors to become mood lifters during a chapter of unprecedented uncertainty and woe.
Who couldn’t be cheered walking into this blissful blue paradise?
While classic white subway tile works for the walls of just about every bath, refreshing blue makes a cheerful statement that still feels neutral.
While the floor tiles are patterned, they are not destined to seem outdated any time soon. For a painterly, bold, and blue wallpaper that could work beyond the bath, take a peek at this Rebecca Atwood wallpapered space, also designed by Smith:
Not sure about living with such a bold blue pattern? Start with a smaller fabric/art piece from an artist/designer you admire. For example, a custom pillow with Rebecca Atwood fabric.
Some of my very favorite classic blue and white wallpaper patterns that won’t fall from favor are RIGHT HERE.
Isn’t it amazing what a beautiful wall covering can do for plain ol’ white fixtures?
Duck Egg Blue in a French Country Bedroom
If this next bedroom speaks to you, then do mosey over to this house tour of a French home in Texas!
To arrive at a similar muted blue-green-gray, begin with a high quality chalk paint such as this:
and tone it down to the right pale lovely shade with a greyed-white or putty color.
The creamy white paint color for walls which works so well with the muted blues in this bedroom is SW Alabaster.
Scandi Chalky and Muted Blue-Grey in a Mud Room
If you have a space that could use refreshing such as a small laundry/mud room or powder bath, you could also try that muted custom grey-blue chalk paint method (explained above) for trim to arrive at something approaching this:
Sometimes finding or customizing the perfect paint color (chalk paint or otherwise) starts with an accessory or fabric. Pottery Barn’s Mineral Blue colorway has always appealed to me:
Blue & White Vintage Modern Style in a Kitchen
I love how Whittney Parkinson used blue so effectively on cabinetry in this galley-style beauty:
and even the more subtle use of French blue in a more luxurious and traditional kitchen feels uncommon and breathtaking:
Fresh, Classic & English Chic With Deep Teal and Soft White
For a moody and sophisticated mood in spaces that feel elevated and more proper…
Consider a rich saturated blue like this:
and pair it with a soft off-white paint color such as THIS one.
French Blue Range With White Cabinets in a Kitchen
While it is more common to see blue as an accent with white, blue can certainly play the starring role:
This is still my favorite cement tile, and designers love it for backsplashes, three season rooms, and more:
Medium Blue-Grey With Cream or Cobalt With Crisp Cool White?
Traditional style bedrooms are gaining popularity as younger design enthusiasts embrace Grandmillennial style, and while white painted trim is common, it’s not the only option:
Easiest way to see if a color is right? Order samples to be delivered to your door with Samplize (a peel and stick sheet of “paint” to stick on your wall and easily move around to other walls!).
For a cooler cobalt mood, Cathy Kincaid never disappoints:
Soft Blue Drapes With Quiet White Walls & Linen
The French certainly know their way around blue so it’s no surprise so much of our attempts outside of France call for beautifully whispery soft blue with white.
Here’s a tranquil combination of Farrow & Ball’s All White paired with Headspace (Clare) which could be gorgeous in a restful bedroom retreat, kids room, or bath:
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Does this color combination play a starring role in your own home?
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What lovely inspiration! I have only used blue once in our former home. And while it looked OK, it just wasn’t me. But that’s before I thought of how blue (and whites of course!) can look so lovely in softer hues and more feminine designs….like French-inspired which I now have. 🙂
Thanks so much for the post! I am even more thankful and happy to hear you are feeling uplifted today. (I didn’t have time to reply to yesterday’s post…but rest assured you were very much in my prayers.)
I have always favored those watery, muted aquas which can be tough to get right! Along with white, blue is my favorite color to wear. Thank you so much for the ongoing prayers and support. It’s a wonderful spring day here, and I have experienced the sweetest consolation so all is well!
Hi Michele, your post is timely for me because I’m currently in the throws of designing my next home, which will be on the water in River Dunes, NC. It will be a huge departure from our current, Mediterranean Meets The Mountains style home in Lake Arrowhead, CA. I’m planning on using a lot of blue and white so thanks for the inspiration.
How exciting, Celia! What a dream to be on the water. We are in the beginning stages of looking at locations to retire, and the Carolinas are so beautiful. What a wonderful journey is in store for you – can’t wait to follow it virtually! 🙂
Very informative. Thanks for the writing. I too have been trying to decide between the rectangular mirror and a circular one for the past few days now, but never know, how the circular design could be used to break up some harsh edges.
What lovely inspiration! Thanks so much for the post! I am even more thankful and happy to hear you are feeling uplifted today.
Thanks for reading.