Decorating your home with classic blue and white

When a room starts to look dated, it’s time to redecorate! Adding blue and white colors and patterns to a living room, bath or bedroom can make a striking statement, and give these rooms a fresh, yet timeless look. From deep navy to soft indigo, blue is a low-maintenance color. Pairing it with white provides a workable and classic palette.

“Blue and white are approachable colors that work well in any part of the home,” says Sabrina Soto, Target style expert for home and HGTV designer. “Together they look elegant, and when paired with pops of color, like yellow and orange, they can be warm and welcoming.”

Soto recommends looking for decor with fine detailing that adds texture and dimension to a sofa or bed. Decorative pillows with embroidered characteristics, such as the paisley hand-knotted toss pillow from the Target Home collection can tie a room together nicely, for just $19.99. The combination of paisley, floral patterns and stripes in blue and white tones allow the contrasting designs to complement one another.

While neutral tones are a safe bet in the bathroom, little touches of blue and white can add a cool and calming sensibility to a morning routine. Just a few minor updates can significantly transform a small space. Changing a shower curtain – the most prominent accessory in the bathroom – is the most affordable way to make a big impact. Blue bath and hand towels complement wood or silver fixtures for a stylish contrast to stark white tiles. Soto suggests bath accessories that offer versatility and work with different design aesthetics – whether it’s contemporary, traditional or country.

In the bedroom, handsome blue tones can make a strong statement without being too masculine. “The key is to soften the blue with a quieter color like khaki or white,” says Soto. “Look for bedding that balances the richness of a blue hue with a few delicate details to keep it chic.” Try a reversible quilt, such as the paisley patchwork quilt from the Target Home collection. At just $79.99 for a full/queen, it provides two options: a clean, blue striped pattern on one side and a more graceful patchwork quilt on the other.

“Decorating with blue and white can be serene,” says Soto. “They are both forgiving colors that not only are inviting, but sophisticated.” For more home decorating ideas, visit

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