If you are looking for great home decorating ideas that are an alternative to safe white, then the pastel shade of pale blue is a fresh and inspiring choice. It complements other colours perfectly and acts as an idyllic reminder you of a cloudless summers day.
It is also a favourite in decorating circles because of its freshness when teamed with crisp white woodwork, silver and all shades of wood and leather.
A Country theme doesnt have to be restricted to cute cottages in the Cotswolds, with simple styling, this look can work in any home. Swap the floral patterned wallpapers of classic country for powder blue walls and pale woodwork mix up modern pieces with vintage furniture.
Introduce pale blue as an alternative to white in your home. Team pale blue living-room walls with stripped wooden floorboards. Marry the look together with a sofa and cushions in shades of grey.
A small bedroom is perfectly suited to a pretty floral patterned wallpaper to give the space energy. Dress windows with a voile panel to maximise light and opt for fresh white bedlinen with a powder blue throw a feminine look without appearing too girly, ideal for a little or big girl!
Upcycle an old chest of drawers by painting it a matt shade of icy blue. Keep the original handles, or replace them with vintage finds. Turn the chest of drawers into a dressing table by adding a vanity mirror to the top of the unit add perfume bottles and a piece of lace for some romantic vintage charm.
Accessorise a pale wood Shaker-style kitchen with accents of pale blue. Add ice-blue tiles, and enamel blue kitchenware. Marry a stainless steel kitchen table with pale blue crockery.
Create some country decorating charm in the bathroom. Add floral wallpaper and paint the wood panelling along the bath panel a fresh light blue. Complete the colour theme by adding towels and accessories in this delightful hue.
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Tailored stripes mixed with subtle florals create visual interest in a pale scheme. The smart lines and wicker furniture give this bedroom a refined touch. Soften the look further by layering up the soft furnishings – look to pillows and throws in different watery hues to make the room inviting and cosy. A pretty Roman blind will keep the finished bedroom country yet smart.
Country style doesn't have to be restricted to cute cottages in the Cotswolds. With the proper execution, the look can work in any home. This modern hallway has been turned rustic, yet keeps a smart edge through smart choices. Swap the floral patterned wallpapers of classic country for crisp, painted walls and pale woodwork for a streamlined backdrop. Choose interesting furniture, like this vintage sorting shelf, and team with modern pieces to evolve the look.
Give an old chest of drawers a new lease of life (in the country) by painting it a matt shade of china blue. Keep handles in their original state to retain plenty of character. Double the function by turning the piece into a dressing table for your bedroom with the aid of an interesting, eclectic mirror. Lay a pretty piece of lace on top along with accessories for romantic vintage charm...
Keep your eat-in kitchen practical by employing a more hardwearing palette of grey-blue for the backdrop of a blonde wood scheme. Introduce richer hues with fixtures, accessories and soft furnishings like this perfect enamel kitchenware that says country style but in an oh-so modern way. Fake your own rustic features with clapboard-effect wallpaper and Shaker-style rails made from skirting boards and towelling pegs.
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Look to pale blue as the alternative to white when putting a washed finish to your wood panelling. Here, an ultra-pale blue tone has been employed to create a fresher take on a country cabin inspired living room. A soft retro chair and curvy, pale furniture is pure Scandinavian cool. And don't be afraid to introduce graphic touches for added up-to-date interest. A rustic woodburning stove is a super snug and cosy piece de resistance.
Limit your palette to just two colours in a small bedroom to keep the feel clean and spacious. Choose a floral wallpaper with delicate blooms for understated charm. Here, the choice of pale blue keeps the scheme from being too overtly girly. Dress your windows with a pretty voile panel to maximise light. What's great about this look is that it is elegant but real and relaxed.
Paint a heavy, Shaker-style kitchen a calming shade of blue to instantly blend the strong units into the room. The subtle hue on the statement-making bespoke cabinets oozes kitchen sophistication. Balance the coolness of the colour choice by opting for open shelving that you can fill with pretty kitchen tools and accessories. Brick splashback tiles and retro small appliances add a touch of 1950s chic, while pale stone flooring cements the country look and white walls keep the room open and fresh.
Who says girls only want pink in their bedrooms? This room shows that blue can be as pleasing to a little girl as any shade of pink. Here, a cool tone has been used on all walls to create a calming mood. Break up the colour with fresh white, classic furniture to complete a timeless look. Accessories with pretty frames and bed linen that can be easily updated as your child grows.
Everything about this bathroom whispers romantic country charm. The main focus is the pretty blue floral wallpaper, where the blooms stand out in a fresh way against their pale blue background. The chalky blue painted cabinetry is the perfect home for a traditional white suite. Complete the look with wood panelling to really drive home the country feeling. Think out-of-the-way b&b getaway style.
Re-create a country colonial look in your living room by using soft blue as your accent colour against fresh white walls and reclaimed wood furniture. Think eclectic by choosing a mix of wood, wicker and iron. Dress oversized powder blue armchairs and sofas with plenty of plain and striped cushions to give the look a smarter edge. Bespoke shelving is a great way to add extra interest and to display pops of blue accessories.