Renaissance of blue and white interiors

The renaissance of blue and white interior style I wrote about in March 2022 is now growing apace on both sides of the Atlantic. It is like alchemy takes place whenever these two colours connect as together they spark something excitingly fresh and hopeful. And, in an uncertain world, maybe this intoxicating chemistry is another reason why decorating with blue and white is once again proving to be so inspiring.

This revival also reconnects the pattern links that exist between ceramics with fabrics and wallcoverings. The decorative plate, whether an antique Willow pattern or the work of one of the UK’s great contemporary ceramicists, is back as wall art. Whilst dressers are once again heaving with comforting mismatched china, interiors are being artfully orchestrated in symphonies of blue and white.

As a colour club of two, blue and white can be a little uncompromising in nature (which I love) but of course it does depend on how you use it. It works well as a basis for red, blue and white schemes, also partnering harmoniously with citrus shades, blush pinks, browns and many greens. For a softer, gentler interior style seek cyanotype, block print and resist dyed designs or for a crisper more tailored effect look to historical prints, passementerie and valanced upholstery.

I will now leave you to enjoy some exquisite blue and white designs that caught my eye and don’t forget if you need any colour, copywriting or interior design advice, please get in touch via Styling Box at I am currently writing a series on decorating with colour features in Period Living magazine as well as interiors features for Saga magazine.

Fabrics and wallpaper Alice Sergeant at Tissus D’Helene. Photo: Emily Kennedy Photo.
NEW Marguertie Bleu Bisque printed on linen. Woven Ecailles inspired by a late 18th Century quilted coverlet C1780/1790. Nicole Fabre Designs available from Tissus D’Helene.
Handmade Lily wall plate by Rosemary Wain at Kinkatou Studio London.
Madam de Montreuil wallpaper, Les Indiennes
Lampshades by Sarah Blomfield Studio, Oxfordshire for Novel Abode Interiors, New York.
NEW Starry Night hexagonal tiles, Otto Tiles.
Milieu Magazine front cover, Fall 2022
Blue two-tone trim lampshade, Lightstylist_uk
Chic Pool House design by US decorator Jeffrey Bilhuber
Cyanotope design by Jaine McCormack Art. Jaine works from her studio in rural Oxfordshire selling her work to private clients as well as to interior designers. With many years experience in the interiors industry, Jaine was previously responsible for the creation of the Guy Goodfellow Collection of luxury home furnishing fabrics, as well as creating multiple collections for companies as diverse as Sanderson, Laura Ashley and Veere Grenney.
Fleurons in Azur, a NEW wallpaper launching in Autumn 2022 which might also excitingly become available as a fabric from Botanica Trading. “The botanical motifs were inspired by archival documents from India, Holland, Hawaii, China and Turkey with lots of reinventing and deconstruction along the way.”
Antique and vintage blue and white china from Speckled Hen Interiors as seen at The White Door Brocante, West Berkshire.
NEW one-off handmade tiles by Sophie Elm which she describes as work in progress. Sophie is an illustrator, printmaker, ceramicist and designer at Jeff Josephine Designs.
The Unknown Sitter plate by British painter and ceramicist, Michaela Gall at The Shop Floor Project

Focus on blue and white

Here’s a sneak peak of NEW blue and white wallpaper and fabric designs amongst many other designs launching at Focus at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour (19 to 23 September 2022).

Blue and White Press Day mood board with NEW designs launching at Focus 2022 at The Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Including fabrics and trims from Jane Churchill, Sanderson Group, Zimmer and Rohde, Harlequin, GP & J Baker, Schumacher, Tissus D’Helene, and Harlequin. Photo: Charis White.
Swatch of NEW ‘Balinese’ Pacific block printed wallpaper, McLaurin and Piercy at George Spencer Design launching at Focus at The Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Photo: Charis White

Thank you

Thank you so much for reading, I hope these blues might inspire you too. If you would like to receive email alerts for future blog posts, then please press the blue ‘subscribe’ button either at the beginning or end of a post.

With many thanks,

Charis x

Charis White, Interior stylist/writer. Photo: Fiona McLean Photography

4 thoughts on “Renaissance of blue and white interiors

  1. Thank you Charis!! So kind of you to include my lampshades.

    Hope you’re well and enjoying the summer.

    Sarah xx

    Sarah Blomfield Studio []

    sent from my iPhone

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