5 ways to create a stunning blue and white Christmas

For fresh take on the traditional red and green palette, try using accents of crisp white and beautiful blues.
blue and white christmas decorating ideasBrigid Arnott

Deck the halls… and style every other room as well, with flowers and decorations in a palette more in keeping with your decorating style. Eschew tradition in favour of flourishes in crisp white and vivid blue with perhaps just a touch of red for an added festive punch!

Here are five blue and white Christmas decorating ideas to have your house merry and bright this Christmas.


Make a simple style statement by choosing a single variety of flowers and placing them en masse in a large vase or a selection of smaller ones.

Porcelain container in Blue and White, $100, Orient House. Ceramic decor jar and lid in Blue, $235, Orient House. ‘Tilly’ ribbon in Natural, $14.95/10m roll,

Provincial Home Living. Square gift box in White, $3, The Reject Shop. ‘Ultraweave Plus’ curtains in Chloe Mist, $1465.20/2m x 3.5m, Luxaflex.

Balsam fir artificial Christmas tree, Balsam Hill. ‘Bill’ bouclé pouf in Ivory, $449, McMullin & Co.’Camila 67′ pendant light in Ash, $2079, Enlightened Living. Alstroemeria floral arrangement and vase, Hermetica Flowers. Porcelain container in Blue and White, Orient House. ‘Vintage Revive’ wool rug in Navy, $6228/3.92m x 2.86m, Tribe Home.


Tie the colours used for gift wrapping – the ribbons, paper and fabric – in with your interiors scheme for a cohesive look.

Bespoke ‘Ida’ fluted coffee table in Bianco Carrara, Chelon. ‘Tilly’ ribbon in Natural, Provincial Home Living.

Barron console table in Espresso, $999, Provincial Home Living. ‘Newhaven’ ginger jar in Pearl Grey, $109.95/small, French Knot. Cymbidium orchid, Queen Anne’s lace, teddy bear gerbera and fringed tulips floral arrangement and vase, Boutierre Girls. Martha’ table lamp in White, $299, McMullin & Co. ‘Life Vessel #1’ framed artwork by Veronica Cay, $1100, Studio Gallery.


Curate and create vignettes throughout your home with flowers – and try making garnishes, such as fruit and fresh herbs, a styling element in their own right.

Take every opportunity to add a festive touch to each room in your home – and don’t forget the drinks cabinet or trolley. Ring in a new look… instead of using traditional napkin rings, tie napkins with ribbons similar to those used for gift wrapping.

Saint Malo slip-covered dining chair in Crisp White, $599, La Maison. Izabel Lam ‘Shore’ cheese server in Bronze, $70, Casa Shop. Izabel Lam ‘Shore’ teaspoon in Bronze (part of a five-piece set), $165, Casa Shop. ‘

Antique two door cabinet, $2800, Watertiger. On top shelf: Antipodes sparkling water, $27/pack of 6, Bellevue Hill Bottle Shop. Vintage Wedgwood rectangular ‘Bateau’ vase in Moonstone, $525, Becker Minty. On bottom shelf: Columbia rattan tray in Natural, $64.95, French Knot. Eucalyptus Gimlet, Chamomile Martini, and Jasmine Negroni bottled cocktails, all $69 each/500ml, Maybe Sammy. Mixology ‘Circon’ crystal cocktail shaker, $349, Waterford. Elegance

Optic Champagne Belle Coupe glasses, $149/for 2, Waterford. Linen napkin in Liberty, $59/set of 4, In The Sac.


Star of the show, the tree is the main event with Christmas decorating, so other styling elements, such as the flowers, work best if pared back.

Fairy lights can add the perfect Christmassy touch – weave them through garlands, and light up areas such as a mantelpiece.

Bespoke ‘Ida’ fluted coffee table in Bianco Carrara, $2400, Chelon. Custom sone vase in White, $300, Michell Ceramics. Fringed tulips floral arrangement, Boutierre Girls.Seagrass Squares flooring in Natural, from $35/for 30cm x 270cm (row of 9 squares), The Natural Floorcovering Centre.

Four panel handpainted screen with cranes and studding detail, $3251, Cromwell. Jacquard linen robe in Cloud, $239.95, In The Sac. Heath Banksia linen fabric in Pewter, $250/m, Quercus & Co. Mountain Meadow foliage garland with clear LED lights, $329/3m, Balsam Hill.


In a space such as a bedroom, decorations are a nice touch, but keep it subtle with a special ornament or a personal gift on the bedside.

Softly does it – dial down the drama with flowers in lighter shades – and opt for simple arrangements. A posy on a bedside table is a pretty addition.

‘Saatchi’ bedhead in Natural Linen, $1299/2.5m, McMullin & Co. Linen quilt set in Cloud (contains one quilt cover and two standard pillowcases), $450/king, In the Sac. Standard pillowcase set in White, $120/set of 2, In the Sac. Home Beautiful ‘Foundations’ cushions in White, $99.99 each, My House. ‘Lakeside’ stonewashed embroidered rectangular cushion in Denim, $44.95, French Knot. Home Beautiful texture throw in White, $179.99, My House.

Ultraweave Plus’ curtains in White, as before. A. S Création ‘Crane Chinoiserie’ linen-style wallpaper in Blue, $69 per roll, Euro Walls. ‘Olisa’ nightstand, $2999, Cromwell. Hellebore floral arrangement and vase, Boutierre Girls. Crossover curved bronze table lamp with custom scalloped shade in New Coconut, $850, Bloomingdales. Maison Louis Marie No. 09 Vallee De Farney eau de parfum, $159/50ml, Maplestore.

Globe’ ottoman in Believe Natural, $254/large, Freedom. Columbia rattan tray in Natural, French Knot. ‘Nude 4.0’ framed illustration print, $149/21cm x 30cm, Anna Dixon Art. Hellebore flowers, Boutierre Girls.

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