Three Ways to Update a Blue and White Interior

An updated living room with blue and yellow accents.

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.

Update a blue and white bedroom interior with a red and white bed.
Red trim accents this blue and white bedroom (nauticalcottageblog)
A living room with a blue and white interior featuring a glass coffee table.
Splashes of green freshen up this blue and white space (decoist)
Update a blue and white living room with ocean view.
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.

Update a blue and white interior.
Green accents give color to this bedroom (theenchantedhome.blogspot)
Update a living room with blue accents.
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.

Update a blue and white living room.
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 blue and white striped bench sits in front of a yellow wall, adding a pop of color to the interior.
A yellow wall highlights the blue and white (huesandcues)
Update a green and blue dining room.
A green wall adds freshness to the blue and white scheme (decoist)
An updated living room with a blue couch and green bookshelves in a blue and white interior.
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.

Update a blue and green interior.
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 living room with blue walls and a rug is updated to have a blue and white interior.
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.

A living room with updated blue walls and red furniture.
Red leather chairs accent this room (Tobi Fairley interior via jenniferdavisinteriordesign)
A living room with updated blue and white furniture.
A bright yellow pouf adds a fresh update to this interior (designoffurniture)
Update a living room with blue walls and striped furniture to a blue and white 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.

A formal dining room with updated blue chairs and a chandelier in a blue and white interior.
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.

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A living room with a yellow couch and yellow pillows transformed from a blue and white interior.
Bright yellow pillows and accents (decorpad)
Update a living room with wicker furniture and a blue rug.
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.

Update a blue and white living room.
Green accessories update this blue and white décor (biydesigninteriors.blogspot)
Update a bedroom with green and white accents.
Green accessories pop in this room (imactory)
Update a blue and white living room.
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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