Blue and white has always been a beautiful combination – think delicate willow pattern china, tasteful toile de jouy and this season’s ethnic Ikat prints in royal blues and brilliant whites.
The May edition of House Beautiful used accents of bright white to offset a deep moody blue palette, but white works equally well with cobalt or pale blue.
Basically you add splashes of blue to a white room, use white as an accent to a blue on blue palette or revel in a mixture of the two.
If you favour a clean white look, dip your toe into the trend with the Provincial stripe cushion from Barker and Stonehouse, or simply add blue accessories, such as the quirky Cobalt Blue Grooved Cylinder Vase.
Alternatively paint an old wardrobe or dressing-table white and use a stencil kit to adorn it with blue flowers.
There are thousands of fantastic blue and white wallpapers available this season, Ideal Home recommends Graham & Brown’s 3D effect graphic print, we also like Thibaut’s Tea House Meridian Wallpaper, Blue – which depicts small oriental scenes.
Keep furniture simple to really showcase your wallpaper.
The Hendricks collection of reclaimed wood pieces gives a nod to ethnic style without detracting from the overall look of your room – we particularly like the Sydney dresser.
A blue and white sofa may sound too ‘trendy’ but a traditional design in blue and white will always look classic.
Barker and Stonehouse has the Staveley, a stunning standard or pillow back sofa in a striking Ikat print. With its graceful rolled arms, plush scatter cushions and bun feet, the Staveley offers a sophisticated take on the ethnic trend. Matching armchairs and footstools are also available to complete the look.
For vintage blue, pair the Regatta bucket chair with a soft white cushion, sit back and relax.
Blue and white also lends itself nicely to the spring trend for nautical interiors and the navy star quilted cushion is equally at home in a child’s bedroom or lounging nochantly on a stylish sofa.
The colours are also ideal for a country kitchen because you can pick up the shades by displaying your finest china – the Carisbrooke display cabinet from Barker and Stonehouse is perfect for showing off your best tableware.