A common mistake when designing blue and white rooms in the Hamptons, Nantucket or any other seaside location is to use just blue and white. Confining the color palette to just blue and white can produce a cold and unwelcoming atmosphere. Interior designers have long known that cool colors such as blue and green need to be balanced by warm colors such as beige, yellow, brown, pink etc. The warm colors can be used as accents or in larger areas such as on walls or as accents in blue rugs. The 14 gorgeous rooms by top interior designers show several different ways you can design blue and white rooms that are not only elegant but are also warm and inviting.
Add bold energy and contrast with a wide striped blue rug and balance the cool blues with warm yellowish-beige walls as in this East Hampton living room designed by AD100 architect Daniel Romualdez for painter and sculptor Anh Duong.
Upholster dining chairs in pink so they pop against a blue and white wallcovering. Add warmth with a beige textured rug as designer Alessandra Branca did in this chic dining room.
Design an airy, crisply tailored contemporary living room with white walls, pale beige and cream upholstery and pale yellowish-beige rugs with elegant blue border bands. Add contrast and warmth with polished dark wood floors as AD100 designer Shelton Mindel did in this renovated Robert A. M. Stern house in the Hamptons.
Unify striped and floral fabric with a blue and white geometric rug and warmth with yellows and dark woods as AD100 designer Bunny Williams did in this East Hampton retreat.
Add structure and a modern feeling to a traditional seaside dining area with a blue and white Ascot DB needlepoint rug as Greenwich, Connecticut designer Cindy Rinfret did for the Tower Suite of the Ocean House. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Ascot DB needlepoint rug with a nautical geometric pattern can also be custom made as an oriental rug. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Bring a youthful and artistic vibe by mixing traditional and mid-century modern styles and pulling them together with a blue contemporary rug as in this Southampton living room by AD100 designer Steven Gambrel.
Create a crisp modern look to a traditional living room by upholstering sofas and chairs in cream and white and painting the white walls. Add shimmer by lacquering the ceiling white. Bring energy and movement with a large scale blue and white geometric rug, as AD100 designer Victoria Hagan did in this Nantucket home by architects Ferguson and Shamamian.
Bring serenity and chic style to a bedroom with a blue textured geometric rug, blue walls, white ceilings and window trim and a mix of floral and geometric blue and white fabrics as in Coco and Arie Kopelman’s Nantucket home.
The Sigma BC oriental rug has a luxurious handmade cut and loop texture which is a result of fine handspun wool. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Create drama in a beach house living room by painting the walls turquoise blue, the ceiling and wood trim white and upholstering the sofas in white. Pull the room together with a sea-blue and white rug. Distribute sea blue accents across the room as in this Southampton home by designer Kim Coleman.
Create a clean, airy and warm rustic atmosphere by painting the walls and ceiling white to highlight the weathered wood beams and columns. Mix geometric, floral and solid textured fabrics in a range of blues and unify the room a blue and white rug in a bold geometric pattern as in this East Hampton living room by Tom Scheerer.
Heighten the enjoyment of sea views by using blue in smaller amounts as in this beige, blue and white geometric rug. If you like a cozier atmosphere use lots of warm colors such as beige, taupe and brown as Bunny Williams did in this East Hampton bedroom.
Create drama in a sea facing living room by starting with a patterned blue and white needlepoint rug such as the Bergamo CB Needlepoint rug in this room by Lisa Torbett Interiors. Add pops of yellow for warmth. Upholster the sofas in white and add blue piping to tie in with the blue rug.
Design a modern blue and white living room by upholstering the sofa and chairs in solid blue fabrics in different shades of blue and different textures to create an interesting layered effect. Paint the walls and ceiling white and pull the whole room together with a grey geometric rug such as the Greek key patterned rug chosen by designer Thom Filicia for a living room in the Hamptons.
Design a romantic bedroom by mixing blue and white fabrics in several patterns and shades. Unify the room with a blue and white geometric rug such as the Ascot DB needlepoint rug chosen by designer Eric Guenther for his own bedroom. Add accents of beige and warm wood tones for warmth.
Images courtesy of Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Bunny Williams, Rinfret, Ltd., Elle Decor,