Over my years I’ve seen plenty of decorating trends come and go, but some looks are so classic and beautiful that they transcend time. Decorating with Antique Blue & White Pottery is one of those classics, homes decorated with blue and white look just as fabulous today as they did over a hundred years ago.

antique blue marbled ironstone foot bath
I’m crazy about unusual antique blue and white pottery like this amazing marbled foot bath from the shop. Pieces like this have so many uses, you can use it as a planter, you can utilize it as storage {magazines, wood next to the fireplace, rolled up towels in a bathroom. It’s what makes decorating with antique blue and white so easy and elegant, it goes with just about everything!

Decorating with Antique Blue & White Pottery

Blue and white antique pottery is the classic mainstay of both English and French design. I’ve recently cleared out some old issues of Veranda magazine, these room shots are taken by me directly from a really old issue.

Add a Pop of Blue and White by Itself

If you want to add just a pop of blue and white in a room, blue and white pottery is the perfect choice! Always sophisticated, one blue and white piece is a great addition to a casual or formal room. I love this little arrangement on the coffee table, one large antique blue and white bowl holds a green plant {which I think is actually rye grass!}, another is placed on the table for visual interest. The blue and white bowl is layered on top of a small stack of books, the top matches the lovely blue color.

decorating with antique blue and white pottery

Use Several Pieces Together for Dramatic Appeal

Since blue and white pottery comes in a variety of shapes and patterns,  it’s easy to collect dissimilar but complimentary pieces and create a stunning display. The two large antique English platters that hang beside the clock in this hallway are not the same but complement each other beautifully. The large foot-bath steals the show with those white flowers, it’s flanked by an antique pitcher and small footed compote. This arrangement packs a powerful visual punch.

Decorating with antiqiue blue and white pottery

Bring it Outdoors

I love bringing the beauty, history and classic good looks of antique blue and white pottery to the outdoors!  See how blue and white looks good with any other colors? For this outside serving table, the bright pops of yellow, green and blue are an inspired backdrop for the antique blue and white marbled foot-bath used as a champagne cooler.


Decorate a Table in White and Blue

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know this kind of blue and white is my love language! Blue and white looks beautiful on your table no matter what the season.  It goes perfectly with almost every other color you want to pair it with, too. Appropriate for any time of year or mood, blue and white can go from fresh to moody in look, casual to elegant. This first table, set for dining al fresco in our back garden, utilizes antique blue and white platters and plates together with antique French ticking and white ironstone for a casual entertaining look.

a year filled with flowers

Antique flow blue plates are layered on an antique French linen sheet and paired with neutral napkins for a warmer, slightly more elegant table setting in late summer.

French Country table setting

Blue and white decor is iconic! It’s the most popular color choice and no wonder.

What is your favorite way to use this iconic color? Share in the comments below how you decorate with blue and white at home.

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