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Classically styled :: Blue and white create the perfect pairing in any home

Blue and White in the home. Image via Kelly Wearstler

Blue and White in the home.
Image via Kelly Wearstler

Navy blue and white evoke a more masculine and sophisticated atmosphere - a great color choice for a city home or large stately room. Designer: Laura Hay. Lisa Petrole Photography.

Navy blue and white evoke a more masculine and sophisticated atmosphere - a great color choice for a city home or large stately room. Designer: Laura Hay. Lisa Petrole Photography.

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.

Blue and white  paired with natural woods, a sisal rug create a comfortable and casual dining area. Image via Better Homes and Gardens

Blue and white  paired with natural woods, a sisal rug create a comfortable and casual dining area. Image via Better Homes and Gardens

The blue grasscloth walls and white trim becomes quite formal and elegant when accented with gold. Image via Tumblr. 

The blue grasscloth walls and white trim becomes quite formal and elegant when accented with gold. Image via Tumblr. 

Blue makes a bold and powerful accent color in this white Norwegian home. Image via NIB.

Blue makes a bold and powerful accent color in this white Norwegian home. Image via NIB.

Ginger jars - quintessentially blue and white - are the perfect accessory to any room. Image via At Home Arkansas.

Ginger jars - quintessentially blue and white - are the perfect accessory to any room. Image via At Home Arkansas.

Blue and white pair up perfectly on the porch or in the garden. Image via My Pink Sketchbook.

Blue and white pair up perfectly on the porch or in the garden. Image via My Pink Sketchbook.

Blue and white accent pieces give a home a classic and timeless feel. Image via T+G Interiors

Blue and white accent pieces give a home a classic and timeless feel. Image via T+G Interiors

Blue and white can also evoke a bohemian island style and carefree life is good attitude! Image via Refunk my Junk.

Blue and white can also evoke a bohemian island style and carefree life is good attitude! Image via Refunk my Junk.

Calming, soothing and nurturing, blue and white make the perfect pairing in a child's bedroom. Image via The Inspired Room

Calming, soothing and nurturing, blue and white make the perfect pairing in a child's bedroom. Image via The Inspired Room

Blue offers the perfect bold pop of color against the clean white background of this modern kitchen. 

Blue offers the perfect bold pop of color against the clean white background of this modern kitchen. 

These blue and white tiles offer color, pattern and pop in contrast to the stark white walls and vanity area. Image via Home Adore. 

These blue and white tiles offer color, pattern and pop in contrast to the stark white walls and vanity area. Image via Home Adore. 

Blue is classic and timeless and traces back to Colonial times. Here blue perfectly complements the sophisticated home's austere staircase.Image via The Foo Dog Blog. 

Blue is classic and timeless and traces back to Colonial times. Here blue perfectly complements the sophisticated home's austere staircase.Image via The Foo Dog Blog. 

A Navy and white kitchen is sophisticated and demure. Image via Brittany Makes.

A Navy and white kitchen is sophisticated and demure. Image via Brittany Makes.

The blue and white banquette offers a modern touch to a country inspired kitchen. Image via Desire to Inspire. Ashley Whittaker Designs. 

The blue and white banquette offers a modern touch to a country inspired kitchen. Image via Desire to Inspire. Ashley Whittaker Designs. 

A blue reminiscent of the sea offers a calming effect in a space that is often high energy. Image via Charleston Home + Design Magazine. 

A blue reminiscent of the sea offers a calming effect in a space that is often high energy. Image via Charleston Home + Design Magazine. 

Blue and white chinoiserie accented by crisp white and rich woods create a soothing, elegant bedroom. Image via The Glam Pad. 

Blue and white chinoiserie accented by crisp white and rich woods create a soothing, elegant bedroom. Image via The Glam Pad. 

Clean lines and modern patterns and prints make this blue and white combination at home in the country or concrete jungle. 

Clean lines and modern patterns and prints make this blue and white combination at home in the country or concrete jungle. 

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