THE NEW BLUE & WHITE

Beloved by an­cient Chi­nese dy­nas­ties, the Moors and the Greeks, this en­dur­ing colour com­bi­na­tion takes on a fresh, mod­ern feel with the lat­est indigo tex­tiles, shi­bori pat­terns and denim tones

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FUR­NI­TURE Pro­file oval painted pedestal table DT10 in Old White, H76xw120xd80cm, £797, Scum­ble Goosie. FAB­RICS Blind in Scillo in Indigo FWY 2375/01, vis­cose mix, £79m, Wil­liam Ye­oward at De­sign­ers Guild. Cush­ion in Tracks in Indigo, linen, £99m, Christo­pher Farr Cloth. WALLS All White, Es­tate Emul­sion, £39.50 for 2.5 litres, Far­row & Ball. AC­CES­SORIES Ar­ti­choke ll table lamp in Vanilla, £832, Richard Tay­lor De­signs. Straight Em­pire 50cm shade in Deep Sea Cham­bray, £75, Pooky. Chartwell planter, £18, The White Com­pany. Blue graphic ce­ramic and silk thread bowl, £155, Zoë Hill­yard at Con­tem­po­rary Ap­plied Arts. For a sim­i­lar footed bowl, try Astier de Vil­latte at Lib­erty. Blue flo­ral plate, £100, Lisa Stock­ham at Flow Gallery. French 19th-cen­tury soupière, £450, Ap­p­ley Hoare An­tiques. Xy­lomelum pyri­forme cyan­otype print, from £70, Sur­face View. On­tario frame in White, 100x70cm, £35, Habi­tat.

ZON­ING A SPACE An up­hol­stered screen is ideal for par­ti­tion­ing o≠ a study area in an open-plan room. Us­ing di≠er­ent fab­rics on the front and re­verse dou­bles its dec­o­ra­tive im­pact, by in­tro­duc­ing two fea­ture pat­terns that can be ro­tated for an easy change of look.

FUR­NI­TURE Alex desk in White, H76xw131xd60cm, £120, Ikea. Rect­an­gu­lar screen, with three H183xw60cm pan­els and An­tique Brass studs, £360 plus 8m of fab­ric, The Dormy House. Sher­a­ton arm­chair in White, H84xd56xw51cm, £500 plus 1m of fab­ric, Clock House Fur­ni­ture.

FAB­RICS Screen in Don CH2864/050, linen mix, £87.60m, Chivasso at JAB An­stoetz. Seat cush­ion in Ne­bula in Indigo, linen mix, £194m, Stark. Cush­ion in Indigo 1509EB, linen mix, £154.40m, RP Miller Tex­tiles at Red­loh House Fab­rics.

AC­CES­SORIES Ink Di­a­mond medium ce­ramic bot­tle, £30, Heal’s. Drafts­man’s roll in Ja­panese selvedge denim, £40, Galvin Brothers. Small vase in Strong Blue (used as pen pot), £69, The Con­ran Shop. Sen­ti­ment pen­cils, £15 set of ten, The White Com­pany. Evo­lu­tion square tray in Navy leather, £395, Lin­ley. Ja­panese cover note­books, £15 each, The Con­ran Shop. Im­pe­rial Blue A4 pa­per, £82.20 for 500 sheets; Ac­cent An­tique Alabaster A4 pa­per, £43.80 for 500 sheets; both GF Smith. Morell wo­ven plas­tic stor­age bas­ket, £20, Habi­tat. Orig­i­nal 1227 floor lamp, £260, An­gle­poise. Iri­daea edulis cyan­otype print, from £70, Sur­face View. On­tario frame in White, 100x70cm, £35, Habi­tat.

Wa­ter ll can­vas, from £165, Sur­face View. For a sim­i­lar an­tique wooden frame, try Lacy Gallery.

From indigo to navy and cobalt, blue hues sit par­tic­u­larly well to­gether, so of­fer great scope for pat­tern mix­ing. In this liv­ing room, cush­ions with small-scale mo­tifs are suc­cess­fully com­bined with ro­bust striped blinds and a bold indigo geo­met­ric on the screen.

FUR­NI­TURE Dal­ton cor­ner sofa in Car­ron Navy, H85xw274xd99cm, £2,099, Marks & Spencer. Char­lotte arm­chair in Ian Mankin Or­ganic Tick­ing in Iris, H94xw68xd74cm, £945, Sofa.com. Pro­file oval pedestal table DT10 in Old White, H76xw120xd80cm, £797, Scum­ble Goosie. Large Tray Top table with blue inset tray, H45xw100xd100cm, £2,592, Vir­ginia White. Rect­an­gu­lar screen, with three H183x W60cm pan­els and An­tique Brass studs, £360 plus 8m of fab­ric, The Dormy House.

FAB­RICS Blind in Scillo in Indigo, vis­cose mix, £79m, Wil­liam Ye­oward at De­sign­ers Guild. Screen in Kanoko in Indigo, vis­cose mix, £75m, Zof­fany. Cush­ions in (left) Ne­bula in Indigo, linen mix, £194m, Stark; (middle) Ashan Stripe in Indigo J882F-04, cot­ton, £35m, Jane Churchill at Cole­fax and Fowler; (right) Tracks in Indigo, linen, £99m, Christo­pher Farr Cloth. Ot­toman in Tupi 04, linen mix, £125m, Lizzo.

AC­CES­SORIES Vin­tage Patched Kan­tha quilt in Indigo, 200cm sq, £650, The Con­ran Shop. Nan­keeng cush­ion (sec­ond from left), £160; Mar­jorelle Geo cush­ion (sec­ond from right), £190; both Irv­ing & Mor­ri­son. Con­nor mug, £8, Habi­tat. Wild Mint can­dle, £28, The White Com­pany. Xy­lomelum pyri­forme cyan­otype print, from £70, Sur­face View. On­tario frame in White, 100x70cm, £35, Habi­tat. Palayam rug, 240x310cm, £495, Oka.

STATE­MENT PAT­TERN A flam­boy­ant flo­ral wall­pa­per (left) is the defining fea­ture of this con­tem­po­rary kitchen diner, in which the cur­tains, fur­ni­ture and splash­back (above) have been kept un­der­stated so as not to com­pete. Nat­u­ral fo­liage brings an ac­cent colour and fresh fin­ish­ing touches to the blue-and-white scheme.

FUR­NI­TURE Pin­ner rect­an­gu­lar din­ing table in Flint White, H75xw180x D80cm, £1,195; Pin­ner benches in Flint White, H44xw180xd35cm, £495 each; all Heal’s. Ge­or­gian din­ing chairs with Sacha legs painted in All White by Far­row & Ball with Old Gold Speck­led nail­ing, H108xw50xd43cm, £658 plus 1.5m of fab­ric each, The Din­ing Chair Com­pany.

FAB­RICS Chairs and bench cush­ions in Plain Linen in Over­all Blue, linen, £96m, Fer­moie. Cur­tain in Birch in Ivory, cot­ton, £34m, Jane Churchill; table run­ner in Eva in Mas­tic, cot­ton mix, £49m, Manuel Canovas; both at Cole­fax and Fowler.

WALLS La Foret wall­pa­per in Cobalt, 134cm wide, £145m, Christo­pher Farr Cloth.

AC­CES­SORIES Anzia white ce­ramic bot­tle vase, £30; Blot blue spot jug, £30; Blot blue serv­ing plat­ter, £32; Vi­enna tum­blers, £20 set of six; all Habi­tat. Chartwell herb pot, £10, The White Com­pany. White enamel vase, £375, Astrid Keller at Flow Gallery. For a sim­i­lar vin­tage glazed ter­ra­cotta pot, try Peter­sham Nurs­eries. For sim­i­lar can­dle­sticks, try Nordic House. White din­ing can­dles, £3 each; Tour­ron pasta plate in Blue, £23; all The Con­ran Shop. Late 18th-cen­tury French frame with new aged glass, £950, Mai­son Arte­fact. Stripe hand-wo­ven dhur­rie rug, 200x300cm, £550, The Con­ran Shop.

Above WALL Tratti Mixed Scuro glazed porce­lain tiles, two pat­terns shown from a set of eight, 10cm sq, £178sq m, Do­mus.

AC­CES­SORIES Tour­ron din­ner plate in Blue, £24; Tour­ron pasta plate in Blue, £23; both The Con­ran Shop.

Deep Blue glazed bowls, £28 each, Ben Sut­ton Ce­ram­ics. Sim­i­lar vase, Tall re­cy­cled glass vase, £20, Cox & Cox.

Blot blue pasta bowl, £10; Blot blue serv­ing plat­ter, £32; both Habi­tat.

Maiolica earth­en­ware small mug, £25, Daphne Carn­egy at Con­tem­po­rary Ap­plied Arts. Dou­ble Striped linen tea towel, £18.50, Toast.

BE­SPOKE ART­WORK Fram­ing a piece of fab­ric or wall­pa­per is a sim­ple way to cre­ate art that per­fectly suits a scheme. This ab­stract print brings to­gether the pale denim and dark indigo tones of the room.

FUR­NI­TURE Swedish 19th-cen­tury painted pine chest of draw­ers, H103xw123xd46cm, £2,250, Ap­p­ley Hoare An­tiques. Salvesen Gra­ham chair, H94xw70x D76cm, £1,600 plus 5m of fab­ric, David Seyfried. FAB­RICS Chair in Dunoon Dark Navy, vis­cose mix, £49.50m, Ian Mankin. Cush­ion in Yukata Batik in Indigo, acrylic, £126m, Thibaut. WALLS Denim Unito Ol­tremare wall­pa­per 5208, 70cm wide, £72.75 a roll, Brian Yates.

AC­CES­SORIES (In frame) Les Gar­connes wall­cov­er­ing in Mariniere, linen mix, 100cm wide, £132m, Pierre Frey. Fram­ing, dry mount­ing in white-painted ridged wood frame with non-re­flec­tive art glass, 90cm sq, £415.92, Pic­ture. Still Life bot­tle in White, £120, Akiko Hi­rai at Flow Gallery. Ink Spot large ce­ramic bot­tle, £40, Heal’s. Mid­night ves­sels, small, £50; large, £410; Tanya Gomez at Con­tem­po­rary Ap­plied Arts. Ikat dhur­rie rug in Indigo, 200x300cm, £725, The Con­ran Shop.

Sump­tu­ous lay­er­ing of tex­ture and pat­tern is the key to this serene blue-and-white bed­room scheme. A bold head­board fab­ric cre­ates a fo­cal point, com­ple­mented by a cur­tain and cush­ions in sim­i­lar shades, while the valance and throw add es­sen­tial warmth and soft­ness.

FUR­NI­TURE Cicero king-size bed in­clud­ing mat­tress, H120xl200xw150cm, £8,950 plus 7m of fab­ric (for head­board), Ensem­blier. Hexag­o­nal Drum table in White, H55x­di­am48cm, £1,152, Vir­ginia White.

FAB­RICS Cur­tains in Sumba LW 212-46, cot­ton mix, 300cm wide, £220.70m, Éli­tis at Ab­bott & Boyd. Head­board in Cochin in Navy, linen, £102m, Thibaut. Valance and cush­ion in Lit­tle Cape Tick­ing in Navy, cot­ton, £43m, Ralph Lau­ren Home. Valance edged in Strata Strie Bor­der in Navy, polyester, £31m, Sa­muel & Sons. Cush­ions in (middle) Yukata Batik in Indigo, acrylic, £126m, Thibaut; (right) Sari in Indigo, £224m, Peter Dun­ham Tex­tiles at Tis­sus d’hélène. Throw in Mis­tral in Night, linen, 300cm wide, £175m, de Le Cuona. Lamp­shade in Re­gal Silk Vol 3 in Caspian, silk, £44m, James Hare. WALLS Denim Unito Ol­tremare wall­pa­per 5208, 70cm wide, £72.75 a roll, Brian Yates. AC­CES­SORIES White stonewashed king-size du­vet cover, £50; White stone-washed rect­an­gu­lar pillowcase, £10; both Habi­tat. Bob­bin turned lamp­base in Gesso, £345, Max Rol­litt. Ro­man drum shade 16RMD, £81.72 plus 2m of fab­ric, Heath­field & Co.

Still Life bot­tle in White, £120, Akiko Hi­rai at Flow Gallery. Leather notebook in Navy, £15, Un­der­cover. Berlin medium white frame, £49, The Con­ran Shop. Post­card, 80p, The Cour­tauld Gallery. Ikat dhur­rie rug in Indigo, 200x300cm, £725, The Con­ran Shop.

BOLD CON­TRASTS

An ad­join­ing bath­room of­fers an op­por­tu­nity for more ad­ven­tur­ous dec­o­rat­ing, as shown here with the strong wall colour and che­quered floor­ing. Echo­ing the pal­ette of the bed­room scheme en­sures a uni­fied look.

WALLS Moon­lit Night, Per­fect Matt Emul­sion, £39 for 2.5 litres, De­sign­ers Guild.

FUR­NI­TURE Mono­lithic stool, H38x di­am24cm, £150, Viaduct. Blue Ikat stool, H43xw43xd43cm, £460, Irv­ing & Mor­ri­son.

FAB­RICS Blinds in Ashu Indigo, linen mix, £206m, John Rob­shaw at Tis­sus d’hélène.

FLOOR­ING En­caus­tic tiles in Blue and White, 20cm sq, £174.90sq m, Fired Earth.

AC­CES­SORIES Wonki Ware soap dish, £15, The Con­ran Shop. Milk ex­tra-gen­tle soap, £8, L’oc­c­i­tane. Blu Mediter­ra­neo vi­tal­is­ing lo­tion, £43, Ac­qua Di Parma. Ana­to­lian Stripe hand towel, £30, Toast.

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