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Home? Something that’s ours, the only space where we can withdraw from daily life with other people, and their great and miserable adventures. Where we want to have a continuos relationship with the sea and the sky, and open up to the feeling of something that could happen.
Luigi Moretti, Letter to Gio Ponti – August 1964
Blue and white – a classic combination that’s just as crisp and fresh today as it ever was.
A blue and white colour scheme is versatile – giving an infinite number of effects, from crisply contemporary to delicately faded and muted, from relaxed country to traditionally classic. It’s a colour combination that’s been popular since ancient times – blue and white have been discovered together on wall and ceiling mosaics in villas excavated in Pompeii that date back to the first century AD. The Romans used the rare blue of the indigo plant, found in India, to dye their furnishing fabrics.
When decorating with blue and white, don’t worry about matching the different tones perfectly. Warm hues and cool shades sit together easily without clashing, and plenty of white helps them harmonise. Its popularity through the ages means there’s no shortage of inspiration – from fabrics and tiles to the collectables on this post . And, best of all, however you decide to combine blue and white, it’s a look that’s easy to get right.
Gio Ponti: Hotel Parco dei Principi, Sorrento, Italy
House on Patmos island in white and blue shades
Blue and white kitchen