By Fan Winston
When remodeling their home, David and Deborah Fulton Rau started with this palette: a serene tangle of blues and whites with accents of brown and gold. Soon everything else -- the furniture, the accessories, the art -- fell beautifully into place.
Versailles cotton-viscose (#E25810), kravet.com
Patry cotton stripe (#PATR03), and Croquet cotton chevron (#CROQ16), by Malabar, hinescompany.com
Dundee linen, in Bone and Zephyr Blue, clarencehouse.com
Aristotle Greek Key trim, in Blue Haze, samuelandsons.com
For their foyer, the Raus had two goals: make a memorable first impression (with a mahogany library table and arrangements of Staffordshire plates) and keep it user-friendly (the patterned rug was chosen in part because it would wear well). Having a simple palette allowed them to layer in different textures and patterns -- pairing a contemporary striped stair runner with a more traditional rug, for example.
Paint, in Yarmouth Blue (#HC-150, on wall), from $37 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com
Paint, White (#PM-2, on trim), from $37 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com
Paint, Decorators White (#PM-3, on ceiling), from $37 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com
Hand-knotted wool area rug, 8" by 10", $3,780, whirschrugs.com
Gunnison indoor/outdoor runner, from $124, dashandalbert.com
Blue-and-white vessels, kimfaisonantiques.com
For the media room, David designed the oversize secretary, which is painted a slightly darker blue than the walls. Behind the doors are a TV, a bar, and a refrigerator. The simple, quiet furniture in this room meant the Raus were able to go bolder and brighter with the rug.
“We use our side porch like a dining room eight months out of the year,” David says. They painted the buffet table a warm light gray.
Duomo outdoor pendant, $439, restorationhardware.com
Throw pillows and ceramic stool, janetbrowndesign.com
Lime-washed table and ceramic planter, kimfaisonantiques.com
Paint (on console), by Martha Stewart Living, in Bedford Gray (#MSL246), homedepot.com
The mahogany table in the dining room is flanked by a brown buffalo-check sofa and antique tiger-maple chairs from Deborah’s mother’s family. “They’re probably the oldest things in our home,” David says.
Diamond indoor/outdoor rug, in Platinum/White, 6' by 9', $319, dashandalbert.com
Camden Cotton Check upholstery (on sofa), in Java, fschumacher.com
One pendant light, $562, capitallightinginc.com
Spongeware terra-cotta plates (on table), canvashomestore.com
Pomegranate glassware (on table), canvashomestore.com
The downstairs powder room is the only room not painted light blue; instead, they chose a sophisticated brown that accentuates the vintage pastel Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur fruit plates (reflected in the mirror).
The kitchen was the first room to get the blue makeover. The Raus lined the back of a white cabinet with a William Morris wallpaper. Mora marble was used for the counters, while durable black honed soapstone was used around the stove.
A Yamaha baby grand piano holds the place of honor. The white skirt on the sofa allows the piece to pop against the rug and echoes the white trim throughout the house. The antique architecture-themed Staffordshire plates were originally displayed in starburst and diamond groupings. Arranging them in a gridlike fashion has turned heads. “We’ve had them for a while, but for some reason, people stop and look at them now,” David says.
There are countless variations on a blue palette. Decorating director Kevin Sharkey has narrowed the field to these six failproof blue triptychs, each striking a different style and mood. Use the top hue for the ceiling, the middle for the walls, and the bottom for the trim.
Top Left: This is a warm blue palette, “versatile with all types of wood tones.”
Ceiling: #W25120, finepaintsofeurope.com
Wall: Debonair (#23-3), prattandlambert.com
Trim: White Ice (#2139-70), benjaminmoore.com
Top Center: If you want to make very simple wood trim stand out, consider using a color that’s a tonal shift from the wall color.
Ceiling: Heavy Cream (#MSL058), by Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com
Wall: Dix Blue (#82), farrowandball.com
Trim: Emperor (#RLVM272), ralphlaurenhome.com
Top Right: “Great for a bedroom.” The color scheme here is bright, charming, and seasonless.
Ceiling: Love-in-a-Mist (#MSL142), by Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com
Wall: Stratosphere (#MSL155), by Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com
Trim: Pure White (#MSL253), by Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com
Bottom Left: “Using a shade for the trim that’s just a little bit darker than the wall color adds drama.” These colors work well in a small room.
Ceiling: Elderflower (#MSL030), by Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com
Wall: Blue Suede (#MSL164), by Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com
Trim: #G21340, finepaintsofeurope.com
Bottom Center: “The woodwork and the ceiling colors here keep the palette bright.”
Ceiling: White on White (#GLC26), glidden.com
Wall: Rich Navy (#GLB256), glidden.com
Trim: Toasted White (#GLC18), glidden.com
Bottom Right: “The ceiling is the blue moment here. It finishes the other two colors beautifully.” Great for a powder room or bedroom.
Ceiling: #DKC-44, donaldkaufmancolor.com
Wall: Wrought Iron (#MSL168), by Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com
Trim: Bisque (#02), yolocolorhouse.com
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