February 19, 2014
Some color combinations can be sophisticated or homey, but few can be both like the classic duo of blue and white. In the same way, traditional maple hardwood flooring like Anderson's Vintage Crossfire collection fits any home design. Features like these give home decorators plenty of opportunities to create rooms that are distinctive.
What sets blue and white apart? For one thing, white goes with everything. In a blue-and-white motif, the blue partner can range widely, from deep navy to blue-tinted gray. Together, they produce a subtle backdrop for virtually any accent hue.
In her decorating projects, HGTV designer Sabrina Soto told The News-Herald in Michigan that she uses blue and white frequently because she finds it works well throughout the home. The atmosphere it conveys can be serene and elegant or as down home as blue and white gingham in country-style decor.
Homeowners need only try out blue and white in a room design to see how well they go together. Combining paisley prints, floral patterns and stripes won't look over the top as long as the blues are well-coordinated.
The accent hues that people prefer with blue and white have changed in recent years. Citrus colors and various tones of red used to be favorites, but now the scales have tipped toward green and purple, two iconic "cool" colors. Both are natural accents to blue.
New blends for neutrals
Just as versatile as blue and white are neutral colors that go well beyond basic white, beige and gray. Many hues that pass as neutrals these days have undertones of other colors that can accommodate an array of wall colors and finishes on wood floors.
Martha Stewart Living magazine suggested using such colors - from peach to a variety of blues - to create a more sophisticated base in a decorating plan. They can also be used in vibrant or subdued color schemes because the hint of color underlying the neutral makes it more versatile than plainer background colors. The result is that these neutrals-plus tend to bring out the best in the accents, textures and wood tones around them and fit any design motif from modern to traditional.
Only a few years ago, celadon green was a favorite color with interior designers and home decorators. More recently, gray has become the new beige. It's natural for tastes in decor to change, but melding the latest colors with classic neutrals brings continuity and a touch of class to home decorating.