Cobalt blue: my new favorite neutral!

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Cobalt blue – a surprising neutral!

The colors that made my mother swoon were blues in any shade, but the colors that make me absolutely giddy are pinks and greens. I have never been drawn to blues myself, but not long ago as I was preparing to teach a design class showing different container ideas, a little magazine photo of a Chinese blue & white vase caught my eye, and I was instantly fascinated by the fresh, cool boldness of the colors and patterns.

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Since then, as I’ve begun to collect some of these blue and white vases, jars and pots (see note at end of post*), I have noticed, much to my surprise, that the striking blue & white design goes with almost any COLOR!!

Take a look at just a few examples of this:

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Isn’t this amazing? There’s hardly a color you couldn’t combine with these vases!

You can easily assemble a lovely grouping of blue & white vases and accessories and use them as a tablescape, on a mantel or in a hallway – or any other place you choose, including a bathroom!

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Just add fresh flowers when you have them (making sure the vases are waterproof), and when you don’t, you could add a few touches of beautiful silk flowers (the pink peonies pictured above are silk) or keep the empty vases on display as an interesting sculptural arrangement.

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Here are some more illustrations of how the striking blue & white pattern  enhances any colors you want to add:

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See what I mean? If you start hunting for ceramics in these beautiful Asian-inspired designs, you will be surprised what you can easily find!

*Note: The vases pictured here are from places like Marshall’s, Ross, eBay and Michaels; the biggest one was discovered at a vintage second-hand store by a friend who knew I would love it. And she was right! And just so you know, I’ve never paid more than $8.00 for any of these pieces!

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