Blue evokes feelings of calm, tranquility and peacefulness. It is the color of a cloudless sky and the ocean. It is instantly relaxing. It's also a color that evokes feelings of trust, stability, loyalty, confidence and truth. Stronger, deeper shades equate masculinity and are associated with depth, expertise and stability. It's a color that is used often in the business world. In the home it is viewed as a gender neutral color, appealing to both men and women. Lighter, paler blues evoke a peaceful, insightful setting while deep, bright and electric shades are energizing and exhilerating. Indigo, violet and periwinkle shades seem more mystical and spiritual. Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body and is often associated with slowing the mind - making it a perfect bedroom choice. Many experts will advise to steer clear of this color when designing a kitchen or dining room space, but I beg to differ. I'm quite fond of blue in the kitchen and in the dining room, especially when paired with crisp clean white accents.
While in the home blue and white is often associated with coastal living - a seaside cottage in Maine, on Cape Cod, Nantucket or Newport, and indeed is a prefered color choice in this style of decor. But this hue is really so accommodating as it lends itself to many styles and settings from a hip and urban, to elegant, formal and austere and everything in between. Because blue and white is such a crisp and clean combination, they also work well with a host of other colors that can be used to accent the home and highlight the seasons.
Below are images that I've culled to best represent how perfect blue and white are together.