how to decorate with
white & blue
Just by looking at Rebecca de Ravenel’s living room, you can tell she has a serious knack for mixing patterns—specifically in blue and white—which is one of many reasons we featured her beautiful Los Angeles home in our Spring Issue (a must-read if you’re interested in de Ravenel’s love affair with the color combination).
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rebecca de ravenel
But back to mixing prints! She says she relies mainly on instinct when it comes to mixing and matching prints in her home and admits that there is a lot of trial and error that goes into finding your ideal combinations. De Ravenel also reminded us that you don’t have to choose just one print, pillow, or throw and stick with it forever. She keeps extra prints and throws that she’s accumulated over the years in a spare cupboard, ready to swap whenever she feels her space could use a little change.
Navy Tribal-Inspired Chevron Custom Throw Pillow
Product Name that is
Two Lines Maybe
Ginger Jar Lucite Tray
Slate Blue Throw
Frog Hill Designs
Decorating with blue and white, especially in lighter hues, isn’t always easy, though. Sometimes when mixed, whites and blues have a tendency to create more of a shabby chic or beachy look, but de Ravenel’s space is pure modern sophistication. She credits that to a flow, or a certain cohesiveness, that she was able to create through organization and planning. Making sure the pieces match, to a certain extent, but aren’t too matchy. She says, “I don’t buy at random and do not place at random because they are in the same family of hues.” In other words, you can’t just throw a bunch of white and blue stuff together and expect it to look good. You have to be intentional with your purchases and what you want your space to look AND feel like.
Read on for more advice from de Ravenel on how to work blue and white into your home.
(See inside de Ravenel’s New York City apartment on Vogue.com for more deep blue decor inspiration.)
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