Classic Blue and White

May 21, 2015 1:14 pm
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It all started with a “gift with purchase” from the local grocery store. Loblaws was using a promotion that consisted of a three piece set of china in the Blue Willow pattern. So from humble beginnings started my lifelong love affair with Blue and White. As an 18 year old setting up her first apartment, that china represented a lifestyle I hoped to have. It was the promise of a beautiful table set with pretty dishes, the wonderful meals I would serve on them and the friends and family I would entertain. I was hooked.

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Later, much later, I would learn about this china and the story behind it and the history of Blue and White pottery. This color combination is evident in more cultures through the centuries than any other. The Chinese, Dutch, English, Swedish, and many more created ceramics, glassware and textiles in this color palette. I can safely say no other color combination has been so enduring.

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There is a cleanness to this nature inspired duo as it replicates the wide open sky with amazing billows of fluffy white clouds floating through a sea of blue. In many of my decorating projects I’ll use Blue and White as my starting point in the design and add a third color to personalize it with my clients taste. For a masculine interior I like to add shades of brown from chocolate to tan. When a feminine look is desired a dose of hot pink is stunning when blue and white is the main color story. Then there’s nothing like sunny yellow paired with Blue and White to brighten up a space and let the sun shine even on a rainy day. My favorite pairing at the moment would have to be a Blue and White room with an abundance of green. At the last Highpoint Furniture Market in April I was thrilled to see the new choices in fabrics and wall coverings all featuring blue in every shade from dark navy to the palest of aqua.

 

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Everything about Blue and White says CLASSIC and when you see a porcelain vase filled with white flowers you’ll know what I mean. That vase would look perfectly at home on a table hundreds of years ago and still look perfectly in style in 2015 on your table.

You’ll know if this is the color palette for you when you start experimenting with the many different shades. Some people are drawn to the grey-blues and crèmes to reflect a Swedish country interior while others prefer a rich, deep shade of navy with bright white for a high contrast interior. I see a lot of the Indigo and Peacock blue as the new up and coming shades and these in particular look wonderful with a Chinese red or orange pop of color.You’ll know if this is the color palette for you when you start experimenting with the many different shades. Some people are drawn to the grey-blues and crèmes to reflect a Swedish country interior while others prefer a rich, deep shade of navy with bright white for a high contrast interior. I see a lot of the Indigo and Peacock blue as the new up and coming shades and these in particular look wonderful with a Chinese red or orange pop of color.

 

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Don’t be afraid to explore color choices to see which blue is the right one for you. You are always welcome to stop in the shop and see how we’ve used Blue and White in room settings. At Trellis inspiration is always on the house!

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-Sandy

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