Thursday, October 7, 2010

Never-Fail Color Scheme: Blue and White

Does your home staging project start with empty rooms?

It can be scary when you start with zero ideas and furnishings.

Selecting a color scheme can get the ball rolling.

One safe default color combo is blue and white together. You can't go wrong with this duo.

There's something unique and fascinating about blue and white. Unlike other colors, all blues go together.

And that means decorating mistakes are difficult to make.

The Magic of the Classic Combo

The color consultants might jump all over me, but I adore a mix of blues -- royal, cobalt, indigo, azure, iris, cornflower, baby blue, navy...they're all good. Any blue and white color scheme is perfect for decorating any room, whether it's a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or porch. And that means it could be your go-to color combo to help stage your entire home.

I never tire of blue and white combinations in homes, and neither do most people. It's classic, but always on trend, and it's clean but never sterile.

Add some blue and white transferware plates to a wall, and you've got yourself some instant classiness. Add white towels with bold blue stripes and your bathroom will sing. Add a pale blue and white dhurrie rug to a hallway, and you've upped the charm factor. Add a blue and white toile duvet and curtains in a bedroom, and well, you're home free.

You can find pretty bowls likes this at most import stores. 
Photo:static,guim.com 

Without this blue rug, the room's furniture 
would be adrift. Photo: Canadian house and home 
via thirteen and south.blogspot. 

Getting Art and Getting Inspired

Did you know that you can visit www.art.com and order artwork by color? Choose the size, style, content (landscape, abstract, whatever), and up pops all the choices!

If you want to get inspired in the blue and white vein, be sure to look at Carolyne Roehm's book, A Passion For Blue and White, at bookstores and available from Amazon for about $40.  If you're not a believer in the beauty of this color marriage-made-in-heaven, you will be when you've spent time with this gorgeous coffee table volume.  Even though it was published years ago, the prices for used editions are the same as new, further proof that this beautiful book is worth owning.

The Take-Away

Wherever you are in your homestaging project, a safe color scheme is a perfect starting point or finishing touch. Do your staged rooms need a little more life? Just inject some blue and white accessories, and you'll provide all the energy they need.

You've no excuse for being unable to choose a foolproof color scheme for staging your home when easy, abundant, economical sources for blue and white furnishings are available.

And for more advice about how to stage a mantel, tabletops, bathrooms, closets, bedrooms, kitchens, and even the front porch, download my eBook, DIY Home Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Fast and for Top Dollar.


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