Nantucket is Martha’s Vineyard’s smaller neighbor to the west and is the island from where Melville’s fictional 19th century whale ship The Pequod sailed out in search of Moby Dick. Today it is an elite resort for those who prefer a quieter pace in a historical New England small town with spectacular ocean views. I have assembled the 10 most stylish blue and white Nantucket interiors each with a fabulous blue decorative rug for you to enjoyment and inspiration.
1. The living room of Victoria Hagan’s family vacation in Nantucket has a custom blue and white geometric rug with a small scale Greek key pattern alternating with bands of cobalt blue stripes. The walls are painted aqua and white, the drapes have pale blue print and a brown sofa and wood tones add warmth. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
2. In the sitting area of the master suite in Victoria Hagan’s family vacation home a custom blue and white striped rug brings serenity and creates contrast with white walls and white upholstery. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
3. The living room of Boston designer Gary McBournie’s Nantucket house a vibrant blue and coral geometric rug provides cool contrast to vintage Edward Wormley chairs upholstered in orange-coral wool satin. Image courtesy House Beautiful.
4. An ample cream sofa and a custom blue and white striped pile rug with a softly textured pile create a luxurious contrast to the rustic wood beams in the living room of a 1747 timber frame Nantucket house renovated by Rosenberg Kolb Architects with a LEED Gold status.
5. Victoria Hagan collaborated with architects Ferguson and Shamamian on a grand Nantucket house. In the living room a custom blue and white plaid flat weave rug with an overcsale pattern brings a feeling of refinement and relaxation. The sofas are upholstered in white duck. Lacquered white ceiling and cobalt blue cashmere throw add contrast. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
5A. Another view of the living room with Nantucket harbor visible through the windows. Blue and white striped pillows harmonize with the flat weave rug and white drapes give the room a cool and crisp feeling. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
5B. The decorative rug extends well beyond the chairs and sofa to create a feeling of comfort and luxury. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
Asmara’s Ascot DB Needlepoint rug is a homage to the Billy Baldwin designed villa in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
6. A blue textured small scale geometric rug completes the serene atmosphere in the master bedroom of Arie and Coco Kopelman’s Nantucket home designed by Nantucket House Antiques and Interior Design Studios.
Sigma BC Oriental rug is a Greek key pattern in a cut and loop texture made with handspun wool without use of chemical washes. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
7. Boston’s Bierly-Drake Design created a serene and sophisticated open plan living room with white lacquered ceiling, cream linen upholstery and a custom blue designer rug with a strie pattern.
8. The parlor in designer Susan Zises Green’s Nantucket home has a spectacular custom blue and brown hooked rug. Image courtesy Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.
9. A vivid turquoise blue decorative rug pops against dark polished floors in the kitchen and dining room of Susan Zises Green’s Nantucket home. Image courtesy Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.
10. Designer John Willey‘s motto is “Life is too short for an all beige room”. Willey chose a blue and white decorative rug in an antique Dhurrie pattern to anchor a coral sofa and yellow day bed in the living room of Nantucket cottage. Image courtesy Willey Design.
10A. The John Willey designed living room’s French doors open to the deck.
Asmara’s Kenya Needlepoint rug was inspired by Moroccan tiles. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
11. Gary McBournie was inspired by Nantucket fisherman’s cottages when designing this Nantucket living room on a beige and blue flat weave rug with a tile pattern. Image courtesy House Beautiful Magazine.
The Bombay CBL Needlepoint rug was inspired by French inlaid floors. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2012 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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