Blue and white colour schemes are as popular today as they always have been, and one of the reasons for this is the versatility that this simple colour combination offers.
There are so many colours that can go with blue and white that it makes it a classic choice.
Add a bit of red and we’re into a nautical feel, add a bit of yellow and green and we’re in the realm of English country cottage, add taupe and we’re into formal country house
Fabric prints make all the difference to the feel. Abstract patterns would normally be regarded as modern, small flowers classic cottage, large botanicals English country home and so on.
The blue and white colour scheme can suit a bedroom, kitchen, living room, children’s room, sitting room or even a whole house!
I recently went to a customer’s house which was completely decorated throughout in shades of soft blue, cream and white.
The effect was very easy on the eye. A sand coloured carpet ran throughout and then differing shades of grey/blue through to navy were combined with white and cream walls, which maximised the sense of space in what was quite a small cottage. It looked lovely and had an air of calm.
Generally, blue and white schemes are restful and homely and easy to live with. Most of the big fabric and wallpaper companies offer some blue and white or blue and cream colourways in some of their collections.
When a customer asks us for a blue and white scheme, we normally establish first which room it is for and second, what look they are trying to achieve.
If it is the classic English country house look they want, we would first go to Jane Churchill fabrics and wallpapers.
Jane Churchill offers endless blue and white schemes. There are small flower prints suitable for bedrooms, co-ordinated with sharp smart checks and stripes, as well as larger more formal designs for drawing rooms.
Although very traditional in design, the fabrics have a contemporary feel.
The picture shows a room furnished from the Jane Churchill Mayflower collection. Note the freshness of the scheme, which is enhanced with the whitewashed floorboards, the white walls, the pale coffee table and lamp.
The mix of scatter cushions adds visual interest – different shapes with six different patterns.
This scheme would look equally nice with the chair upholstered in a striped
fabric and a shabby chic loose cover sofa in natural white.
Scion’s brand new Wabi Sabi collection also addresses the look.
This collection is distinctly modern and shows how fabrics can co-ordinate and work together without actually being a match!
The diverse range of contemporary designs fuse together in a mis-matched yet harmonious way.
· Simone and business partner Jane Patterson run The Interior Trading Co in Southsea. Visit interior-trading.co.uk.