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Blue and white Asian ginger jars spruce up a hall table in need of a pop of color. Heirloom Royal Delft plates become art when placed over a guest room’s headboard. Kitchen cabinets look welcoming in a soft shade of Wedgewood blue, and a dining room grabs a big “wow” lacquered in peacock blue.

The combination of blue and white is classic, but is especially popular in interior design right now.© Courtesy Of Lucas-Eilers Design Associates The combination of blue and white is classic, but is especially popular in interior design right now.

Much-loved blue, paired with white, is a classic combination in home design. As a color trend it may wane, but it never completely leaves us.

Right now, it’s having a bit of a moment as homeowners use it on painted surfaces, upholstered furniture and in art and accessories.

Designer Nicolette Mayer — who has a new collection of wallpaper and fabric inspired by Royal Delft’s blue-and-white earthenware — will visit Houston April 26 for the Decorative Center of Houston’s annual Spring Market, a day of speakers, panel discussions, book signings and showrooms opening their doors to the public. She’ll be in the Scalamandre showroom with her new collection of 24 wallpaper and 16 fabric patterns.

“As much as it’s timeless and forever, it’s like anything else, it goes through waves,” Mayer said of the color theme. “I really wanted to do a blue and white collection, but there’s so much on the market. I wanted to do something really iconic and signature and beloved and recognizable.”

The Icons White pattern from designer Nicolette Mayer's Royal Delft collection for Scalamandre.© Scalamandre / Scalamandre The Icons White pattern from designer Nicolette Mayer's Royal Delft collection for Scalamandre.

Mayer’s collection isn’t the only new blue-white entry in the design world. Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s collection for Perennials is loaded with blue. Mark D. Sikes, known for his blue-heavy interior design, continues to turn out products in blue and white, and Christopher Spitzmiller, in the past year started making his exquisite lamps, as well as a new dinnerware collection, in marbleized blue.

Nicolette Mayer's Royal Delft collection for Scalamandre includes wallpaper and fabric designs in classic blue and white, modeled after Royal Delft porcelain.© Scalamandre / Scalamandre Nicolette Mayer's Royal Delft collection for Scalamandre includes wallpaper and fabric designs in classic blue and white, modeled after Royal Delft porcelain.

Now a Florida resident, Mayer reached back to the early years of her childhood in South Africa and its heavy Dutch influence. She was surrounded by Royal Delft’s blue and white earthenware, made for some 365 years in the Netherlands.

Back in the 1600s, the Dutch East India Company carried Asian porcelain from China to eager and affluent consumers in Europe. As wars in Asia diminished the availability and piracy on the high seas made transporting it increasingly dangerous, factories in the Netherlands geared up to make their own. Royal Delft and its Delft Blue is the most enduring.

“The first Delft copies were very Chinese in nature and mimicked the Chinese themes,” Mayer explained. “Eventually they developed their own signature and hand. That’s when it became Delft and Dutch, and when it became special rather than being a poor imitation of someone else’s art. It became unique to them.”

The French, Portuguese and British did the same, and soon they were all producing patterns like Spode’s Blue Willow, which is still popular today.

Those highly collectible dishes, or larger urns, cache pots and ginger jars find their way into many homes, even when blue and white isn’t an overriding decor theme.

The combination of blue and white is classic, but is especially popular in interior design right now.© Courtesy Of Lucas-Eilers Design Associates The combination of blue and white is classic, but is especially popular in interior design right now.

Mayer’s idea for her collection began a few years ago when she she saw a Royal Delft booth at a trade show. She shared her love of their work and suggested a collaboration. Though the company had never allowed its patterns on anything other than porcelain, they were curious.

The combination of blue and white is classic, but is especially popular in interior design right now.© Courtesy Of Lucas-Eilers Design Associates / Courtesy Of Lucas-Eilers Design Associates The combination of blue and white is classic, but is especially popular in interior design right now.

She designed an entire collection, flew to Holland and blew them away. Her designs are finally on fabric and wallpaper and run the gamut of full tribute to mild inspiration. Devoted Delft collectors will see their plates, jars and tulipieres in some patterns, others borrow themes in more muted designs that simply pay tribute to their origin.

“Collectors want to see the traditional signature pieces,” Mayer said. “Then we also went crazy with Elements and Flora Fauna acid wallpaper that have a sheen to them. There’s a lot that’s just simple and elegant for people who love blue and white.”

The combination of blue and white is classic, but is especially popular in interior design right now.© Courtesy Of Lucas-Eilers Design Associates The combination of blue and white is classic, but is especially popular in interior design right now.

Houston interior designers Sandy Lucas and Sarah Eilers of Lucas-Eilers Design Associates, both love to use blue in design projects.

“Blue and white is just classic. It dates way back as a very popular color,” said Eilers, who grew up in a home filled with Williamsburg blue. “I personally collect blue and white porcelain, and I rarely have a client who doesn’t. It’s calming, soothing and classic; it always works.”

Lucas agreed and mentioned a few different ways she’s used it. On one of her first design jobs, a client had a collection of Asian porcelain and kept it out of sight in a cabinet. Lucas pulled it out to be seen and used.

The Hampton Court White pattern from designer Nicolette Mayer's Royal Delft collection for Scalamandre.© Scalamandre / Scalamandre The Hampton Court White pattern from designer Nicolette Mayer's Royal Delft collection for Scalamandre.

While Delft may be centuries old, it can be used in fresh, new treatments such as a bridesmaids’ luncheon Lucas recently hosted, using porcelain vases and cachepots holding bundles of flowers as centerpieces and blue-and-white paper placemats on a white tablecloth. In a recent design project, she showcased a client’s antique porcelain collection on shelves backed with a beautiful shade of emerald green.

Even in homes that don’t have blue and white upholstered furniture, wallpaper or rugs, the colors fit well as accents with any neutrals and with plenty of bright colors from turquoise to coral to a variety of shades of green.

Another part of the trend is that blue and white have left the kitchen and dining room and can be found in any room in your home. Plates and platters once relegated to a china cabinet now can serve as art on a wall in any room. Blue and white pots with flowers or plants are an easy go-to decor item and you can find them in resale stores, antique stores, big box discount stores and high-end department stores.

Lucas and Eilers also noted that blue and white have inspired many contemporary artists. They noted artists with work at at Gremillion & Co. Fine Art in Rice Village, including Leslie Parke, whose recent work shows oversized blue and white plates in a stream under water, inspired by her grandparents’ china collection.

  • The combination of blue and white is classic, but is especially popular in interior design right now.
  • The combination of blue and white is classic, but is especially popular in interior design right now.
  • The combination of blue and white is classic, but is especially popular in interior design right now.
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Legendary New York designer Charlotte Moss, who visited Houston recently, said she has noticed a lot of blue and white.

“Blue and white is one of those evergreen color schemes that just feels fresh, easy and breezy to most people. It’s like your color scheme is an instant success story just because it’s blue and white,” she said.

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Moss cited the internet, with so many ideas on Pinterest and easy access to shopping simply by googling a few words, as a springboard for the trend.

“You’ll see a beautiful room in a magazine and want to have it. You go to your device and there it is. There are more products for sure,” she said.

Source : https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/home-and-garden/interior-design-returns-to-classic-blue-and-white-combo/ar-AAw406I

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