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Classic Home Color Combo: Blue and White

Like your favorite pair of blue jeans paired with a white tee, decorating with blue and white feels easy for most people. Today we’ll take a look at three ways to bring a blue and white color palette into your home: country, classic and coastal.

Country Living
Country Living

1. Country. The dining space shown here has that warm and inviting French country look perfected. Casual blue and white striped textiles pair up with cozy toile wallpaper and a farm table and chairs to create a room that would be a delight to spend time in. To get this look, use a mix of vintage or antique wood pieces with new blue and white textiles like slipcovers, table linens, wallpaper, and even ceramics for your tabletop. A country-take on the blue and white scheme can include shades of cream for a softer look.

domino2
Domino

HGTV
HGTV

2. Classic. Blue and white china is probably the quickest way to add this color palette to your classic or traditional space. And while less is sometimes more, in this case, more is more! Cluster a group of blue and white china vases together on the kitchen counter, or display a collection of pieces in varied sizes on wall-mounted brackets. Carry the blue and white theme throughout your space with blue linens in the bedroom and tea towels in the kitchen.

Bright Bazaar
Bright Bazaar

Roost Blog
Roost

3. Coastal. Nothing says coastal style more clearly than a crisp blue and white stripe. If you want to channel a beach vibe, don’t be shy with the stripes! Try a blue and white striped rug, roman shades, pillow covers, curtains, or all of the above. Mixing stripes is easier than it sounds, so don’t be afraid to pile them on — just remember that mixing and matching is easier with stripes of different widths. Try a wide stripe rug paired with narrow ticking stripe pillows, for example. Then round out your room with upholstered pieces in solid blue or white and crisp white walls.

Leslie Shewring Blues

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Putting it all together: Have an idea of what you would like in your blue and white room? Before you get started, consider pulling together a quick mood board with a few images that capture the particular shades of blue you love, textures you’re hoping to use, or even specific pieces you have your eye on. Then stand back and ask yourself if they all work together. Play around with adding and removing pictures until it pleases you, and then use your mood board as a reference when selecting products for your space. You can pin tear sheets from magazines and catalogs to a bulletin board, or create a digital inspiration board using an online tool like Pinterest.

Ready to shop for a blue and white rug for your space? These four favorites are a great place to begin your search:

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Rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Safavieh Evoke in navy and ivory; Spicher and Company vintage vinyl floor cloths in blue and ivory; Company C ticking stripe in indigo; Nourison Somerset in light blue.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Spot On Dalmatian: A Unique Animal Print In The Home

Lilly Bunn Interiors
Lilly Bunn Interiors

When you think of trendy animal print patterns, I’m guessing Dalmatian doesn’t make the list. But oh, it really should! Not only does this pattern provide a dynamic, bold statement, it also magically maintains the neutral appeal that other animal prints have. That means it’s a really versatile look and works great in small spaces like a bathroom, a small hallway, or even lining the back of a linen closet or bar cabinet.

Courtney Apple
Courtney Apple

A Dalmatian print is modern and graphic – an edgier take on the classic polka dot, if you will. At the moment this print is really enjoying its time in the spotlight with lots of wallpaper and fabric options readily available. There are also plenty of DIY projects to be had if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for in stores. Most projects, like the pair of dining chairs above, only require a Sharpie marker and a willing hand with some time to spare.

Genevieve Garruppo
Genevieve Garruppo

Dalmatian manages to pull off the rare combination of feeling pulled together and chic, yet playful and fun. I really like what an unexpected surprise it is in this casual dining space. Thanks to removable wallpaper, the pop behind the shelves doesn’t have to be permanent, and the same goes for the chair cushions with so much affordable fabric by the yard readily available. The simple palette of black and white works so well, but this space would look just as fantastic with royal blue shelves or a bright red dining table.

Domaine
via Domaine

When in doubt go against the expected and flip it on its head – in this case, black on white reverse Dalmatian! When partnered with a large and bold pattern, like the tile floor in this bathroom, it really shines as a neutral with some power behind it. By keeping the rest of the room simple with glossy black and white the two patterns doesn’t need to compete with one another.

Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond

If you’re still not convinced, or maybe just not quite ready to take a diving leap into full-on Dalmatian, think about how you might incorporate the print in smaller ways. Throw pillows or sham covers, a cozy blanket, dish towels or napkins. Floor rugs are also a smart way to dip your toe into any trend you’d like to experiment with, here are a few favorites.

Dalmation Spot Rugs

1/ Artistic Weavers Stella Dalmation   2/ Surya Moroccan Shag

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

Looking for other animal print rugs? Shop all animal print rugs.

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Defining a Mini Library

Livet Hemma
Livet Hemma

The moment you set foot inside my home, you know I’m a book lover. They’re everywhere. On shelves and benches in the living room and entryway, stacked on my dresser, and even more hidden inside boxes in the attic. While there’s nothing more I’d love than to have an entire room as a dedicated library, I satisfy my need to display books by creating little nooks full of them here and there. Long after being read, your favorite books can serve other purposes – two large stacks of mine even bring the television up to eye-level on top of a low console, and I love how the Ikea desk above replaces one side’s legs with a tower.

Surrey Homes
Surrey Homes

This glass-fronted armoire makes for the perfect book nook, keeping your tomes protected and in full view at the same time. A bonus that any book lover will surely appreciate is that they’d also be kept dust-free! Wouldn’t a wall of three or four mismatched armoires filled to the brim with books make for a beautiful compact library that makes a statement? The wheels are turning…

Vaaleanpunainen Hirsitalo
Vaaleanpunainen Hirsitalo

If lots and lots of books aren’t your thing but you’d like to hang onto and show off your favorites, then this idea might be the one for you – a slim but sturdy set of shelves turned on its side. Fill the cubbies with the books and magazines you already own, then add to it as your collection grows! When the shelves fill up make freeform book stacks on top of the piece and create a real focal point of the room it sits in.

Curbed
Curbed

If coffee table books are more the type of library you want to create, consider taking shelves of any type out of the equation. Fill your empty fireplace and display their spines, stack them on the floor against an empty wall and create your own art installation, or consider filling a bar cart to make a makeshift library on wheels. Any little nook or cranny in your home can become a mini library with a little creativity.

Elle Decor Espana
Elle Decor España

As can any piece of deep furniture house some of your collection – a desk, a console table, an armchair, an end table. Not every book needs to be in the same place if you don’t have the room for it and you can think out of the box. Help define your mini library space by adding a rug, some of my latest favorites are shown below:

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1/ Kaleen Rachael Ray Highline   2/ Company C Handwoven Chromatic Plaid
3/ Surya Mountain   4/ Company C Hand Tufted Diamond Lattice
5/ Karastan Cosmopolitan French Affair   6/ Surya Jax

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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A Touch of Terra Cotta

Tess Guinery
Tess Guinary

A full range of earthy terra cotta hues have been making their presence known in interiors as of late – from pastel cantaloupe to deep rust – replacing the whites and cooler tones we’ve seemed to favor for so long with some warmth. I’m very drawn to this neutral, especially with autumn just around the corner and chilly nights ahead. Surrounding yourself with a few things in terra cotta just might trick you into believing it’s a few degrees warmer than it actually is if you’re trying to hang on to summer for just a little while longer.

This little corner painted a pale terra cotta and brought to life with a few vibrant plants and that fantastic piece of art is sure to be a warm spot on even the dreariest of days. A color like this would make a big difference in the energy of a space that doesn’t get a lot of natural sunlight.

In Bed
In Bed

Don’t you just want to climb right under those covers?! Bring terra cotta into your home in the form of fabric textiles in the bedroom and bathroom and instantly up the coziness factor or give a relaxed earthy vibe, depending on what you surround it with. A thick duvet and plush pillows on the bed would be ideal for fall and winter while some soft Turkish towels in the bathroom would be so refreshing come warm weather.

via Gardenista
via Gardenista

When you think of terra cotta chances are the first thing that comes to mind are traditional terra cotta pots. They’re great homes for your plants, age beautifully, and are generally affordable. Why not make them a focal point by grouping several together or going so far as to create a sort of installation like the one above? It would work indoors or out depending on what kind of climate you live in and would make such a fantastic herb or succulent garden!

Block Shop Textiles
Block Shop Textiles

I’m so inspired by terra cotta that I’m already thinking ahead to the holidays and what a wonderful color it would be to base my entire Thanksgiving table off of. With earthy orange tones being a hallmark of autumn it’s such an beautifully obvious choice! I love the persimmons on branches above paired with a gorgeous tablecloth or runner. Adding terra cotta pots filled with greenery or a pile of pumpkins would make for a great look.

via Country Living
via Country Living

Of course, some of the first terra cotta that may have come to mind are the long-lasting floor tiles popular across Mexico. The look is terribly charming and fits any number of styles – I love it in the kitchen above with all of that traditional black cabinetry! Retiling isn’t in the cards for everyone, so why not consider adding a touch of terra cotta to your floors with a new rug? Check out a few of my favorites below.

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1/ Couristan Recife Saddle Stitch   2/ Rizzy Home Mesa
3/ Liora Manne Ombre Horizon   4/ Kaleen Ziggy
5/ Surya Caesar   6/ Safavieh Cape Cod

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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