Showcasing blue-and-white trends: how to pair

This gallery from Architectural Digest does a great job of showcasing blue and white decor. It’s a timeless combination that never seems to go out of style. I positively love some of the different options they put on the table, and we have all always been fans of the color combo around here.

Given the everlasting quality of this color and style pairing, we want to take a moment to show you how you can pair some of these classic styles shown in AD with beautiful cabinet jewelry to give a lasting finishing touch to any furniture pieces you use in your own blue rooms.

Ocean effects

Photography by William Waldron for Architectural Digest

AD says: “Painted in a Benjamin Moore blue, the card room in designer Alessandra Branca’s Bahamas vacation home includes photographs by Tema Stauffer (left) and Jonathan Lewis and a table by Jayson Home.”

Now, we know that there aren’t any cabinets in this room that you can see, but what if they are right out of sight, or behind the photographer? We have the perfect match for this space. First, the marine motif in this room is obvious. Second, take note of the light fixture: an antiqued golden hue. That boils down to the ideal pairing:

Coordinating with the beachy style and colored fixtures, the Oceano Suite in antique brass is the best and clearest choice.

Using blues as an accent

Photo © Conde Nast Publications

AD’s take: “The bath in a Hamptons guesthouse decorated by Thad Hayes is equipped with a Corian sink designed by Leroy Street Studio; the sink fittings are by Dornbracht, and the blue tile is from Ann Sacks.”

In a mostly white space, blue can be a bold accent. Obviously the aesthetic here is more modern. Imagine how you could elevate this space with coordinating hardware to match that turquoise glass tile…

…and there you are. These examples are from Cal Crystal, Emtek, and Sietto.

Soft shades

Photo © Conde Nast Publications

Architectural Digest: “Walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Pleasant Valley contrast with an Adam Ball canvas in the master bedroom of decorator Alex Papachristidis’s Bridgehampton, New York, home; the cabinets are 18th century, and the bed is upholstered in a Brunschwig & Fils silk velvet.”

Using tints and shades of a particular blue can be a winning strategy. So as not to overwhelm the contrast in colors, something more subdued might be in order in this space.

Simple knobs and traditional handles in satin nickel are, in our opinion, the perfect pairing. You could also go with polished brass to match the light fixtures, if you like (more on that later).

Black and blue

Photo © Conde Nast Publications

AD suggests “[adding] contrast with black”: Decorators Michael Coorengel and Jean-Pierre Calvagrac created contrast in the dining room of their Paris apartment. Charles Rennie Mackintosh chairs—some left black, others painted white—are paired with an ornate 17th-century French table, and burly wrought-iron tiebacks hold open demure silk crêpe de voile curtains.”

Well, if you want to make a statement, high contrast is a way to do it. We have plenty of options in black hardware: perhaps the Colonial collection from Schaub is a good choice.

Clean white cabinets

I’ve seen a LOT of articles right now says that white cabinets are out. Well, count me among the non-believers. White kitchens are so versatile and I think they are amazingly timeless. Pair that up with pops of highly saturated blue and all I can say is wow.

Photo © Conde Nast Publications

“At the Beverly Hills, California, home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade—the couple at the helm of Lucky Brand clothing—a predominately white kitchen is enlivened by pops of royal blue. The light fixture is by Charles Edwards,” writes AD.

…see what I mean? How can you not love this?

You might be able to tell that the hardware in that photo is something of a pewter/iron/antique nickel sort of color. While it looks nice with the white cabinetry, I’d be more inclined to recommend something similar to the faucet. These Shaker-style doors pair wonderfully with our Classic Suite, and I’d have to say polished nickel is the perfect choice here.

Go for the gold

Photo by Scott Frances for Architectural Digest

I mean, really. As much as blue and white is a classic pairing, so too are blue and gold. Put the three together and you can’t help but feel like a winner.

From AD: “Painted a Benjamin Moore blue, the guest room of Alexa Hampton’s New York City family home features a Louis XVI daybed upholstered in a Les Indiennes fabric.”

Yes, yes, yes.

Armac Martin’s Sparkbrook Collection

The classic durability of polished brass is what you need here, and I mean, you’ve GOT to.

All the way to blue cabinets

Photo by Simon Upton for Architectural Digest

AD: “In the kitchen of this Madeline Stuart–designed home in Los Angeles, cabinetry by architect Kevin A. Clark complements tiled walls; the pendant light in the window is from Blackman Cruz.”

To us, this is just the epitome of all of the above. Two shades of blue, the lighter of which is now applied to the cabinetry itself instead of a wall… I’m in love, really. If you want the look, our Artisan Suite in polished chrome will finish this one off for you perfectly.

And if you need any more proof how good our hardware looks in a blue and white room, just check out some of these pictures from our featured kitchen.

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Choosing a mood for your room: an interior design dilemma

Sometimes, figuring out how you want a room to “feel” when you spend time in it can be one of the biggest factors in deciding on a color scheme. Is this space used primarily for relaxation? Entertaining? Is it a public space in your home, like the dining room; or a private, personal space, like a master bath?

We hope that this will give you some insight into a variety of color schemes to set a mood, and how to use angles, patterns, and accessories to your advantage.

(And because we’re Cliffside, I’ll just drop a link in each section to a recommended hardware match, if you like this type of palette.)

Calming colors: soft and neutral

Calm color choices for your room: soft neutral paints, subtly curved furniture, flowers, and neutral prints.

“Calm” doesn’t have to mean boring. There are plenty of options out there if you like softer colors but still want patterns or textures in your space. For example, take a look at the furniture above: mostly solid in color, but still textured in pattern, which adds visual and kinesthetic depth. You don’t have to go with all “earthy” colors either—there are plenty of ways to add an accent but still keep the overarching theme of your space neutral and relaxing.

  • Our hardware recommendation: our own Campana or Classic Suites in satin nickel.

Lively colors: strong and bold

Lively color schemes: strong and bold hues, broad, wide patterns, contrasting artwork or furniture, and straight lines.

Of course, if you’re inclined to go outside of the calm box, you can bounce out to some of these lively colors and patterns. You’ll see that a lot of the prints and motifs are similar to the neutrals, but they make use of high contrast to really pop. For example: the pillow with the ivory and brown quatrefoil pattern would change dramatically if the colors were red and white. Straight lines match really well with some of the angular patterns like Greek keys, chevrons, or stripes, so seek out “modern” fixtures, or something older that can be upcycled with a new look.

  • Our hardware recommendation: the Northport or Menlo Park collections from Schaub in brushed bronze.

Warm colors: vibrant and earthy

Warm color scheme: striped or ornate patterns, curved furniture lines, accent items like gourds or pillows. Strong earth-tones.

Cozy and natural, a warm palette instantly makes any space feel like home. This combination of russets, golds, and ambers would be especially appropriate, I believe, in the mountains (look at those fireplaces!) or in any part of the country that celebrates a vibrant autumn. I really think that the warm palette is a standout when it comes to flexibility in mixing patterns and colors: if you like “traditional eclectic” style, as I do, then this would be a good choice for you.

Creative colors: bright and eye-catching

Then again, if you like modern eclectic… go bold and creative. Highly saturated hues are obviously the focus here (I like to call this the CMYK palette!). You can mix and match patterns to your liking, but I wouldn’t go too heavy: you’ll need to be careful that the room isn’t so busy that it makes your head spin! That said, a small piece of an extra pattern (like the hanging lamp) is great for accenting something individually. In the mood for some accessories? Check out flea markets or second-hand stores; they might have just that “little something” you’re looking for to complete your space.

  • Our hardware recommendation: absolutely anything! But if you like colorful knobs too, check out the colored crystals and Athens collection from Cal Crystal, or glass from Grace White and Sietto.

Classy colors: cool and elegant

By far, this is my favorite palette of the bunch (save the best for last, you know). When applied judiciously and in the proper spaces, you can really make a statement with this sort of scheme by choosing a bold, dark wall—whether that means paint on the wall itself (don’t you love that blue!) or cabinets painted with a heavy contrast color, like the black shown above. Classic patterns work really well here: heavy stripe (those pillows!); heavy check or gingham, if you like that look; or even a more Mediterranean-styled ogee.


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The Best Hardware for Light Cabinets

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Light cabinets have never been more popular — and it’s no mystery why. From their design versatility and relaxed ambiance to their ability to enlarge the feel of a room, they deliver a singular warmth and glow wherever installed — one that’s timeless and effortless.

Yet the look of a kitchen or bathroom doesn’t rest entirely on cabinets. In fact, the best designers and do-it-yourself remodelers alike know the importance of nailing the details. When it comes to light cabinets, few details run as important as hardware.


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Why You Should Not Paint Cabinet Hardware

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Few details freshen up a space quite like new hardware, and it’s no surprise! The glint and polish of their finishes, their metallic sheens and their buffet of styles and shapes harmonize the feel of any space.

Plus, hardware exists in nearly every room of our homes. We rely on the ease and functionality of knobshandleshinges and pulls far more than we notice — and usually only start to once they wear down.


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How to Pick Appliances to Match Kitchen Cabinets

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The time has come to remodel your kitchen. Whether you’re starting from scratch or simply replacing old hardware, your goal is to create the kitchen that communicates your values most effectively. The story your kitchen tells could be characterized by a crisp, seamless look that brings you joy, or it could be all about creating the coziness that will make your guest feel at home — or it could be both.


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