Celebrate summer with a Mediterranean-inspired palette

Bring home the relaxed mood of the Med with a simple combo of blue and white

Have you ever wished that a holiday by the sea could last forever? Be inspired by the crisp whites and deep blues of sun-drenched villages in the Med and create a relaxed scheme that will revive your senses all year round.

Fresh white walls make for an effortless breezy backdrop and plain, white-painted floorboards will add a wonderfully chilled-out, barefoot-basics vibe. The cool simplicity of a blue-and-white scheme gives you the freedom to have fun with pattern. Layer up accessories, fabrics and tableware featuring blue-on-white block prints for a confident look. Keep furniture natural – dark oak, teak, olive or limed-wood designs will work brilliantly with blue and white. Add another layer of rustic texture with hammered-metal accent pieces in the form of lights, small tables and trays.

Set the mood for relaxation in a dining room with an informal dining set. Swap two chairs for a bench to create a laid-back feeling and give the look a rustic edge with distressed wood. Stick to a clean combination of white and blue, and don’t give in to the temptation to add more colours. A pared-back palette is what gives this look its effortless, relaxed feel.

Decide which feature in the room you want to steal the show and use it
to display a large block of pattern, for example a statement feature
wall or eye-catching curtains. Mix up motifs that share a theme for soft
furnishings. You could create a global feel with mosaic and trellis
prints, or bring a modern slant to the look with geometric designs.

A fresh white backdrop is a versatile starting point that allows you to really play with pattern. Combine as many blue-and-white prints as you like, just make sure you include lots of areas of plain white to balance it out.

Brilliant azure-blue walls will create a dramatic backdrop for a fresh white bathroom suite. Paint walls blue for a refreshing bathroom scheme. Use a blue-on-white fabric for blinds to let light in, then add texture with wooden and woven accessories.

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