Trend Alert: Blue-and-White Ceramic Is Back

Let's be real: This look never went away. But big home brands are pushing the Asian-inspired china hard this year. From the kitchen to the garden, check out how you can add a little blue and white to your home.

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February 07, 2018

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Blue-and-white pottery has been around for more than one thousand years. We can thank the ancient Mesopotamians for the first blue glaze. In the 14th century, the Chinese developed the iconic patterns in cobalt that later inspired European Chinoiserie and Delftware. Today, blue-and-white accessories, such as vases and plates, are found in traditional home design, but the trend is coming back in unexpected, funky ways. This is not your grandmother’s antique ginger jar. Get the look in your home with our top picks.

For the Living Room

You can’t go wrong with a mantel full of mixed metal picture frames, but if you’re framing black and white photos, that’s a lot of neutral. Try a bold, floral blue-and-white ceramic frame instead. If you can’t hang art on the walls, this is a great way to add extra color to the room.

For the Entryway

The evil eye pendant is believed to ward off evil spirits and shows up in many different cultures around the world. Though commonly worn in jewelry, these ceramic evil eyes would make a great addition to an entryway to protect the home.

For the Stationery Box

You don’t have to buy pottery to get the blue-and-white ceramic look. These handmade, printed cards are inspired by a traditional Chinoiserie pattern.

For Entertaining 

Chinoiserie dinnerware can look a little too...grandma. Instead of everything being matchy-matchy, invest in a statement tray or splurge on these gorgeous ceramic coasters. The cobalt and white pairs well with gold flatware and accessories.

For Crafting

If you love hand lettering, your craft station needs this pretty, ceramic calligraphy pen.

For the Garden

Large Chinoiserie pots are expensive. Get the look in your yard without shelling out the big bucks with these ceramic plant markers.

For Gift Wrapping

At HGTV, we love gift wrap and the art of presentation. These handmade gift tags take wrapping to the next level with a ceramic charm and leather tie.

For the Gallery Wall

If you don’t have room to fill your home with ceramic pieces, fill your walls with ceramic-inspired prints. These cheery posters feature hand-painted watercolor vases and florals.

For the Kitchen 

The most iconic piece of blue-and-white pottery is the ginger jar. Traditionally, these jars are round and look like urns, but designers are updating the look for a more modern countertop accessory.

For the Table

If you love blue-and-white ceramic, try it as a theme for your next party. These place cards with blue-and-white ginger jars would be perfect for a bridal shower or Mother’s Day brunch.

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