Blue and white is easily one of the most iconic colour combos around, especially when it comes to classic interior decor.
Having been used for centuries throughout nearly all parts of East Asia, the pairing's popularity in the Western world exploded in 17th and 18thcenturies, when painted porcelain wares were first exported from region to Europe. Chinoiserie, as we know it today, is a (somewhat-distant) relative of these original art pieces, owing as much stylistically to the European lens through which it's been interpreted and imitated as it does to the East Asian artistic traditions from which it stems.
The most iconic pieces (and our personal faves): Glazed porcelain ginger jars. Whether authentic antiques, vintage reproductions or modern replicas, these jars are typically adorned with hand-painted (or screen-printed) motifs that draw on traditional imagery found in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian cultures, such as cherry blossoms, lotus flowers, and golden pheasants.
While Chinoiserie has been coveted by collectors for ages, the design world seems particularly smitten with the style right now — and we're obviously totally here for it. Here are three ways designers are bringing bold new takes on blue and white to their spaces, and how best to complement the colour pairing in your home.