As Memorial Day heralds the first official weekend of summer, it’s a fitting time to take a look at three colors that will be making an appearance at various holidays this summer – namely red, white and blue.
Blue and white is one of the most timeless, classic and beautiful color combinations in the design spectrum. Add a hit of red – be it cerise, strawberry or cinnabar – and you have a winning scheme. Much has been ballyhooed about this popular duo as blue and white is the color of choice whether it be chinoiserie, English, French or even contemporary. Contemporary designs in all white/neutrals/tans even benefit from a hit of blue and white.
Here is a primer on how you can incorporate varying shades of blue and white into your décor:
Think all white walls with a strong statement of blue. A navy or darker shade of blue is fabulous with coordinating pillows and all you would want. Or you can reverse the room and do a strong lacquered blue wall (use high gloss for a great shine – only if your walls are in flawless condition!) and a neutral sofa.
Blue and white ginger jars are THE accessory of the moment and never a bad choice. This versatile item can work great as a pair or two flanking the fireplace, doubles as a vase or turn it into a lamp. The white tufted dining chairs provide a textured interest against an all-white wall.
Whether you live on the water or not, blue is a complement to the green of the outdoors. And even better if the outdoor area is adjacent to a blue den. Stripes are a good fabric choice for the outdoors and often the darker the better.
A casual white wicker is dressed up in shades of navy, creating an unexpected sophisticated and contemporary outdoor setting.
A quick way to add blue and white (and test the waters to see if you can live with this wonderful color) is a simple lamp. The Gabby Polly Table lamp in cobalt and white polka dot adds an instant mid-century pop to any room.
When decorating with blue and white, don’t be afraid to mix it up as florals, stripes and solids in shades of navy peacefully coexist.
You can temper a blue and white color scheme with the introduction of another color, in this case, red fits the bill. My personal favorite is a red with pink tones as seen in this cerise (which is basically red with blue in it) sofa.
And when it comes to design, one of the easiest (and most economical in the long run) is a great classic white/neutral sofa with pillows you can change out on a whim. Shown here are pillows from the Wendy Jane by Gabby line in coral/red and white stripes, pink, navy and white flame stitch and a medallion pattern in pink, navy and grey.