Three Ways to Update a Blue and White Interior

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Accents of yellow add dimension to this blue and white interior
Accents of yellow add dimension to this blue and white interior (cathy green interiors)

Blue and white is a classic color combination.  However, if you are looking to update this classic, choose a third color and work it into the scheme.  The three most complementary colors to add to blue and white are yellow, green and red.  See how you can incorporate one of these colors to update a blue and white interior.

Red trim accents this blue and white bedroom (nauticalcottageblog)
Red trim accents this blue and white bedroom (nauticalcottageblog)
Splashes of green freshen up this blue and white space
Splashes of green freshen up this blue and white space (decoist)
Green boosts this blue and white interior
Green boosts this blue and white interior (decoist)

Yellow infuses a pop of sunny color into a blue and white interior color scheme.  It can quickly update a room with pleasing results.  Green, especially bright lime, creates a fresh look for spring and summer.  Red gives a blue and white room a boost of energy and is a traditional color mix for a nautical look.

Green accents give color to this bedroom
Green accents give color to this bedroom (theenchantedhome.blogspot)
Bright yellow pops in this blue and white interior
Bright yellow pops in this blue and white interior (lushome)

There are three easy ways to add a third color to your blue and white scheme:  paint or wallpaper, textiles and accessories.

Green accents enliven this space
Green accents enliven this space (tginteriors.blogspot)

Painting the walls a sunny yellow adds a vibrant twist to the blue and white interior.  A green accent wall plays up the blue and white in a room.  A red stripe wallpaper adds an unexpected touch of color.

A yellow wall highlights the blue and white
A yellow wall highlights the blue and white (huesandcues)
A green wall adds freshness to the blue and white scheme
A green wall adds freshness to the blue and white scheme (decoist)
Apple green makes these shelves pop and freshens the room
Apple green makes these shelves pop and freshens the room (drivenbydecor)

Adding a rug, upholstered pieces, window treatments or pillows in green, red or yellow refreshes and updates a blue and white interior.

Touches of green highlight this blue and white room
Touches of green highlight this blue and white room (thedecorologist)

A rug grounds the space and provides a quick update to an all blue and white interior.

A red rug grounds this space and adds a pop of color
A red rug grounds this space and adds a pop of color (squarestate.net)

A bold piece of upholstery can quickly boost the overall color scheme of the room.  Tie it in with other accessories throughout the room.

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Red leather chairs accent this room
Red leather chairs accent this room (Tobi Fairley interior via jenniferdavisinteriordesign)
A bright yellow pouf adds a fresh update to this interior
A bright yellow pouf adds a fresh update to this interior (designoffurniture)
A green settee freshens this interior
A green settee freshens this interior (colorchangeseverything.blogspot)

Update window treatments by incorporating a third color in a patterned fabric.  Use a roman shade in the third color of your choice to accent a pair of panels.

Yellow patterned window panels blend seamlessly
Yellow patterned window panels blend seamlessly (theenchantedhome.blogspot)

Pillows are one of the easiest ways to quickly add color to your room.  Recover a few already in place or buy new ones in a vibrant yellow, green or red.

Bright yellow pillows and accents
Bright yellow pillows and accents (decorpad)
Yellow pillows and flowers highlight this blue and white room
Yellow pillows and flowers highlight this blue and white room (zuhairah-homeinteriordesign.blogspot)

Accessories add pops of color throughout the blue and white room, breaking it up and adding interest.  A bold yellow vase, bright green flowers or apples, or a red dish may be just the piece to update a blue and white interior.

Green accessories update this blue and white décor
Green accessories update this blue and white décor (biydesigninteriors.blogspot)
Green accessories pop in this room
Green accessories pop in this room (imactory)
Red pillows and a dish add pops of color to this blue and white interior
Red pillows and a dish add pops of color to this blue and white interior (ohoakcliff)

Turn your blue and white room on its toes with splashes of a third color.  Choose bright yellow, lime green or red to highlight this classic color scheme.  By using paint or wallpaper, textiles and accessories, you can update a blue and white interior with colorful panache.

 

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