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Blue and White interiors

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Posted by , 22nd July, 2017

It’s amazing how one trip to another country can make you want to rethink entire areas of your life (your home, your wardrobe and your diet for example). I had the same sort of epiphany on a recent trip to Greece and immediately wanted to fly home and re-decorate Peloponnese style. Greek interiors are simple, comfortable and predominantly made up of blue and white so I have searched for the best luxury interior design and ways to get some of this look into our homes all the way across the Aegean.

The Fabric
Blue and white is actually fairly easy to incorporate into your interiors schemes if you’re doing it in small doses but to really make an impact, go for a fabric or wallpaper that has a very bold pattern. The Oxus fabric from Lewis & Wood is a super choice; not only does it tick the blue and white box but the range of patterns on it keeps it from being too simple. The various shades of blue also mean that this fabric, made up as curtains, would work just as well in winter as it would in the summer months: navy when it’s cold and pale turquoise if it’s warm. Use this fabric for full-length Drawing Room curtains; consider matching off-white tie backs or place them either side of French doors. British homes aren’t whitewashed or minimal so embrace the busy and match this fabric with other patterns and textures in your schemes.

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Lewis & Wood
Oxus Fabric
£113.40 per metre >

The Wallpaper
Greek life is often spent on or by crystal waters with beachside and island living; boats, therefore play a huge role. When it comes to livening up various parts of your home, nothing beats fun wallpaper and this Maritime one packs a great punch. A seaside theme doesn’t just belong in a beach hut; Children’s Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Cloakrooms and Kitchens would all benefit from a bit of illustration. Patterned wallpaper only really works on a large surface area, even if just on one wall. This pattern would be wonderful in a Bathroom, next to a bath with a clear splash back alongside to avoid damaging the paper. Keep surrounding colours and textures simple; white fittings and fixtures and natural wood will make this paper stand out.

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Lewis & Wood
Maritime Wallpaper
£78 per roll >

The Bathroom tiles
British homes are filled with blankets and radiators as our climate requires us to keep adding extra layers to combat the cold. The Mediterranean on the other hand, needs to do the opposite and so tiles play a huge part in warmer climate homes because they’re cooling. To adopt a truly Greek look in your Bathroom, you really can’t beat a blue and white patterned tile; in a shower enclosure, on a wall, floor or even as a splash back. Consider an open shower (not quite wet room style but still without doors) and mix natural stones, granites and marbles with detailed tiles on one shower wall. Patterned tiles in a Bathroom also mean that you can dispense with much else in terms of ‘decorating’; keep surrounding colours neutral and materials simple and the tiles will do all the work!

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Fired Earth
Acapulco Salazar tile
£2.96 > 

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Fired Earth
Acapulco Lozano tile
£2.96 > 

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Fired Earth
Acapulco Zenil tile
£2.96 > 

Cushions
The same rule doesn’t apply when it comes to living areas and with textiles like rugs, throws and cushions, the more the merrier. This faded blue and white stonewashed cushion with a tasselled end is a great place to start; a couple of these would be perfect for jazzing up a plain white sofa or dressing up a bed. The Chalai is also available in a bolster cushion, which is ideal for lazy afternoons preferably spent in the sun. The great thing about the faded blues and mixture between block colour and pattern is that they can be well matched with a range of other colours and patterns; cushions look much better when they’re scattered as opposed to uniform; there’s nothing worse than a sofa you feel you can’t sit on.

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OKA
Chalai cushion
£38 without pad >

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OKA
Chalai bolster cushion
£68 without pad >

 

The Lamps
I have a definite weakness for lamps and these two finds from John Lewis would be beautiful additions for any number of rooms. In keeping with the blue and white ceramic theme, these lamps can take pride of place on a mantelpiece or side table and they will instantly tie a scheme together. I love the intricate decorative details on the Beth and the Mandisa strikes the perfect balance between functionality and aesthetic. Both require simple lamp shades; white is always a good choice although the Mandisa could get away with something a bit more vibrant if your room is missing a bit of warmth. As a pair or on their own, there are very few places where these wouldn’t look perfectly at home.

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John Lewis
Beth ceramic lamp base
£75 >

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John Lewis
Mandisa Stripe lamp base
£70 >

The Accessory
If something smaller is necessary, which it may well be, then consider blue and white in decorative accessories such as these fun cupboard knobs. If your cupboards, doors and drawers are missing a bit of colour but you don’t want to go all out and paint them then decorative knobs are a brilliant alternative. Keep them on white or natural wooden joinery and either have a set of matching or mix them up to create a unique and eclectic piece of furniture.

As much as some of us would rather, you really don’t have to live in the Mediterranean to get the same sort of look in your home. Adopt cool ceramics as well as lots of white and blue and you’ll be able to transform any house into your very own taverna.

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John Lewis
Nautical stripe cupboard knob
£4.95 >

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John Lewis
Country ceramic cupboard knob
£5 >

For information about any of the above, please contact Letty White-Spunner on letty@janechurchillinteriors.co.uk; 020 7730 8564

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