Charming Coastal Blue-and-White Design Inspiration

Two of our favorite hues are anything but basic when combined together. The showstopping pair creates timeless coastal appeal.

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October 10, 2019

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Come on In

Even a mudroom entry should have a bit of style. A navy-blue Dutch door, which allows for coastal breezes, opens up to smart organization with coat hooks, baskets for storage and a tufted bench. The exterior of the home pairs wood shingle siding with a nautical-inspired lantern and a clever bell for announcing arrivals.

Beachy Keen

Embracing the nautical life, this kid's bedroom has delightful accessories: a pair of oars crossed as a wall decoration, a pulley pendant light and playful pillows. Wicker twin beds are dressed in layers of blue and white as well as a mix of fabrics, from light cottons to chunky knits.

Made for a Crowd

Open and bright, this coastal white kitchen is made for families and entertaining. The extra-long island is outfitted with industrial blue barstools, providing plenty of seating for a group. Pearly tiles create an iridescent backsplash behind the stove, while a wood plank range hood brings in a warm aesthetic.

Calm Retreat

Pure whites and soft neutral shades of tan and linen set the scene for this inviting and serene master bedroom. Pale wood beams add architectural detail to the vaulted ceiling, and an abstract painting above the fireplace mimics the look of sand and sea. Pillows in cornflower blue dot the space with a note of color.

Simple Haven

Softly serene, this delicate white bedroom is a true escape from the day. Floral pillows in a subtle shade of blue produce a hint of color. A trio of sea-life artwork decorates the wall over the nailhead trim headboard, while matching contemporary nightstands, tall lamps and vases of tulips flank the bed.

Invitation to All

These rooms were made for gatherings. A large pass-through forges a seamless flow between the living room and kitchen with bar seating in between. Whether cooking or lounging, everyone gets to be a part of the space and conversation.

Mixing Old and New

A banquette arrayed in light blue cushions, along with distressed cross-backed chairs, wrap around the classic farmhouse table. Behind the banquette, built-in hutches and open shelving provide plenty of storage. Globe pendants hang from the exposed beam that brings a touch of rustic charm to the space.

Break in the Day

Quintessentially coastal with its shiplap walls, pale blues, bright whites and woven accessories, this living space is a cozy spot to relax. Built-ins surround the daybed for extra storage and a striped taupe-and-white rug adds texture and style underfoot.

Tight Spaces Maximized

Crisp white walls combined with low-slung furnishings to visually expand this living space, which is tucked in a nook for extra seating. Cushions and pillows in a mix of blue patterns adorn the natural wood benches, and wall-mounted lamps illuminate the room without cluttering the tabletops.

Sophisticated Juxtaposition

Cladding white cabinets in glossy black countertops generates a chic contrast in this open and airy kitchen. Wood plank walls evoke a cottage feel, and a center island provides extra storage as well as a charming dining spot. Roman shades soften the windows and keep the sun at bay when needed.

Nautical Influences

Topping off the room, tongue-and-groove boards allow for a warm, inviting aesthetic in this comfortable living space. The lantern ceiling fixture has a nice patina, and along with antique tables, conveys an element of Old-World allure. A row of windows brings natural light into the space and provides a lovely view of the waterway beyond.

All for Comfort

Make your bedroom extra snuggly with layers of patterns and bedding. Cozy knits, ruffled linens, florals, stripes and geometrics all combine for a cushy yet casual space for dreaming. Leaning into the organic for its tactile appeal, natural fibers are chosen for the window treatments and lampshades.

Typically Cottage

Blue plays the starring role in this welcoming living room with the beadboard walls painted sky blue. The tone-on-tone area rug adds definition and texture to the hardwood flooring, while an oversized cream sectional is sink-in worthy for relaxing or chatting with friends.

Posh Eclectic

While coastal style may evoke visions of the ultra-casual, formal spaces can benefit from its laid-back elements. Classic Windsors act as captain's chairs for the extra-long table, which is then surrounded by rope-inspired side chairs. A pair of string light fixtures bring in interesting texture.

An Unexpected Hue

Add a jolt of energy to a classic blue-and-white palette with a bonus color. Apple green boasts a playful hue to this comfy bedroom with its sky-blue ceiling and contrasting dark wood beams.