Musicians and songwriters, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw might be known for their country classics, but their interiors are worth admiring too. In particular, the interior designer-approved color combination in their modern coastal living room.
Designed by Ray Booth of Ray Booth Interior Design, the duo entrusted the traditional-leaning designer to completely remodel their Bahamas home, and the results are truly stunning, especially the carefully chosen blue and white color scheme that beautifully echoes the vista beyond.
With inspiration from deep oceans to velvety night skies, pale and navy blues are life-enhancing shades that have the power to enhance our feeling of well-being, especially when combined with pure and off-white. With their wide appeal of serenity and calm, it is perhaps no surprise that a blue and white combination continues to be one of the most popular choices for interior design.
Decorating with blue and white will bring timeless charm to your interiors, offering the scope to create a myriad of elegant spaces. Match the two to decorate with blue and white in the right proportions for your living space, and you have a classic combination that will never date – and always feels fresh.
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Working with just one or two colors is an exercise in restraint, but the reality can be striking. The key to avoiding a flat effect is to layer texture and pattern, building the palette gradually to give the scheme depth. If using two hues, such as this classic combination of blue and white, go for subtle pattern clashes of geometrics, stripes or florals. Using one hue in a block, as shown with this blue rug, will anchor the look and allow you to have fun with details such as throw pillows and trims.
‘Whether we are working or relaxing, creating or exercising, it is essential to have a space that reflects the optimism and desire for a fresh, new start that is top of the agenda for the year ahead,’ says Marianne Shillingford, creative director of Dulux.
Naturally soothing, but equally energizing and hopeful, a palette of blue and white promises to bring the outside in to enhance well-being. Pair it with other neutrals such as cream for classic calm, or with stronger tones of mustard, olive, sienna, and navy for a unique, head-turning scheme.
Blue can, of course, feel cool, so if you are using it in a room, adjust the tone to suit the natural daylight the room receives: north- and east-facing rooms will feel warmer with blues with hints of yellow in them, such as turquoise. For a less dramatic, more restful way to decorate with blue and white, pick a blue that's much more diluted.
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One way to decorate with blue and white is through a combination of intriguing pieces of furniture and furnishings. Our editors have put together a selection of their favorite objects below.
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Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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