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Get the Look of My Blue & White Living Space

Looking to decorate your living space in blue and white with Chinoiserie accents and traditional decor? Check out these sources!

Blue and white family room reveal - after

Traditional stone mantel decorated with landscape painting, blue and white ginger jars, boxwood topiary, Staffordshire spaniel

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For the past month, I’ve been working to refresh our family room. When we first moved into our house I made some strides to decorate the space, painting the walls and buying this chic navy sectional sofa, but then other spaces needed attention and this room became the drop zone for old furnishings and decor.

With the blue and white color scheme set I went about finalizing the space to make it more coordinated, brighter, and happier. I’m so pleased with how it came together. See the before and after photos with details on my decorating decisions in this post!

Here I’m sharing sources and selections to help you style your living space with blue and white, Chinoiserie accents, and traditional decor.

Mantel decor with blue and white double happiness ginger jar, boxwood topiary, and bird of paradise plate

Chinoiserie Ceramics

Most of my Chinoiserie ceramics are vintage or antique finds from hunting estate sales and thrifting, but there are some worthy selections out there on Etsy and eBay. For contemporary production, I also like the Enchanted Home, Oriental Furniture, and Frontgate.

Bottom half of floral curtains made with Raymond Waites Mikka fabric

Floral Curtains

Well made drapery is costly that is just a fact! To find a bargain shop consignment stores, estates, and thrifts, but be prepared for the dry cleaning bill. For quality custom drapery I always recommend Calico Corners, Etsy, and Superior Finish. Check with your local upholstery or alterations shop they might be willing and able to make curtains. Here are some floral patterns in ready-made panels that are similar to my Raymond Waites Mikka fabric I used in the family room:

Blue and white Chinoiserie lamp with birds from Birch Lane

Traditional Lamps

One of my favorite changes to our blue and white living space are the Chinoiserie lamps! They are a traditional color and shape, but the sweet birds keep them whimsical and fun. Always consider height and shape when shopping for lamps for end tables: too big and they over power the table…too small and they don’t provide enough light.

Navy section in blue and white family room with toleware art, stripe pillows, and bow sconces

Preppy Pillows

Updating throw pillows for your sofa is an easy way to refresh a room. I choose these blue and white stripe pillows for my sofa and paired them with a lime green pillow from Lo Home and floral one in the Dolly pattern from Sister Parish. Here are my picks for preppy pillows for a blue and white living space:

Katherine placing bowl on coffee table tray in blue and white living space

Blue & White Decor

Chinoiserie ceramics are a wonderful place to start for that touch of blue and white, but don’t be afraid to adopt this color scheme for other decorative accessories like trays, pillows, blankets, candle holders, and art. One of my favorite pieces in our family room is this Chinoiserie garden tray, and for instantly chic blue and white decor always try a piece of Wedgwood Jasperware!

If there is something in my refreshed living space that I didn’t source for you, leave me a comment and I’ll get it linked! Don’t miss the before and after photos of our family room refresh here!

Happy Decorating!

2 comments

  1. Phyllis says:

    Hi. Firstly, I love all things Chinoiserie. Meg Braff is my favorite designer.. Please don’t take this the wrong way but your brown leather club chair makes your room look heavy and dated. The brown cane bench is also dated. Think about painting the cane bench black and paint the cane gold and think about finding a skirted club chair. Have the chair upholstered in navy with white, yellow or pink cording. Add the appropriate throw pillows. I love Chinoiserie and blue and white. Love your website. ❤️

    • Katherine says:

      Thanks Phyllis! These are some interesting suggestions. I would say we have different tastes, and that is what’s great about Chinoiserie style — it can have different interpretations! I love the nod to traditional style that the club chair and cane bench bring to the room — a note of masculine and preppy “Ralph Lauren” vibes! This is our family room, and, thus meant to be comfortable as well as stylish, so while I can see other chairs working better in here this leather recliner was my hubby’s one plea for relaxation, since he can stretch out in it for naps and TV.

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