Throughout history blue and white has been a recurrent theme of ceramic traditions around the world, and this classic color combo is just as alluring today as it was hundreds of years ago. Whether it’s decor, textiles, or tiles, you really can’t go wrong with pairing blue and white together.
If you’re drawn toward a cobalt and white colorway historically found on porcelain tiles, a midcentury modern teal and white palette, or another iteration of this classic pairing, keep reading to be inspired by all the ways that blue and white tile gets it right.
Blue and White by Hand
Handpainted blue and white tile has a rich global history, and this tradition is one that we’re proud to be continuing at Fireclay. Plus with customization available, you’re able to bring your dream blue and white color combo to life on handpainted tile in a one-of-a-kind way. Here are several examples of handpainted tile, from intricate and old world to minimal and modern.
In an otherwise neutral space, this handpainted kitchen backsplash makes a timeless statement. Flanked by white field tile, the quintessentially Mediterranean pattern adds the perfect pop of navy and white.
This guest bathroom uses a combination of handpainted tile and specialty shapes that complement each other with a starry theme. The handpainted tile, inspired by Morocco’s vibrant geometric motifs, has an attractive custom combination of blue, white, grey, and yellow glaze that coordinates well with the classic white star and cross tiles.
Tile Shown: Vitoria in custom colorway (similar to Cool Motif) and Star & Cross in Daisy // Design: Ali Hynek // Image: Becky Kimball
Handpainted blue and white tiles don’t have to be elaborate. A midcentury favorite, the bold graphic pattern of Starburst looks especially good as floor tile while the rich teal glaze color is simply splendid.
Another unexpected blue and white option, this handpainted tile featuring concentric circles offers a graphic statement with two shades of blue on a white background. Arranging the tile so that the diagonal grooves are pointing in different directions creates a dynamic and improvised look in this modern kitchen.
Inspired by Persian Safavid rugs, the cool blue and white pattern on this handpainted tile makes this pool house bathroom feel worlds away. We love the greenish blues being given the spotlight in this gorgeous tile.
Tile Shown: Old Cairo in custom colorway (similar to Cool Motif) // Design: Shannon Eddings, Sarah Bullock McIntyre // Image: Katie Jameson
Handpainted navy and white tile with a quadrant pattern create an oversized polka-dot effect in this bathroom. The result is a space that feels classic, modern, and fun at the same time.
A floral take on blue and white, this handpainted kitchen backsplash leaves a lasting impression with perennial flower power. Using two shades of blue to create two different floral patterns creates an optical illusion that you won’t be able to look away from.
This bathroom floor is a study in hues of blue. Adding tame neutrals like white and grey can help subdue the boldness of a graphic pattern, as shown in these handpainted floor tiles. Two different sizes of white tile in the bath and tub surround keep the visual interest high.
Much like blue and white, stripes will never go out of style. Whether you choose classic stripes or a play on the pattern, the possibilities are endless with ceramic tile.
This cascading diagonal stripe pattern is easily achieved with colored subway wall tile. Combine two shades of your favorite blues and pair them with white finishes for a clean, coastal look.
The cafe below showcases one thick stripe with rows of blue brick, while straight-set white brick above the shallow wooden shelf creates a modern color block accent. Our Glazed Thin Brick's rustic surface texture can also add a vintage-inspired element.
Classic stripes with a twist! This bathroom uses blue tile laid both vertically and horizontally to create stripes of different widths, laid between white square tiles.
Stripes go abstract in this geometric installation. This backsplash features Elongated Diamond tile in a diagonal ombre confetti pattern, as shades of blue fade into white. The result is a stunning and unique kitchen.
(Elongated Diamond is discontinued, for a similar design, try Large Diamond)
Taking stripes in a whole new direction, this fun bathroom uses two shades of blue tile to create a tonal broken stripe pattern, complete with a perfect shower niche. Keeping everything else in the bathroom white really allows the unique pattern pop.
Sometimes all it takes is one well-chosen contrasting color to make a big impact. Case in point: this blue stripe slicing through a backsplash of white. Another point of interest is the row of vertical tile sandwiched between a classic horizontal install.
An asymmetrical ombre pattern made from hexagon tiles creates a pixelated stripe effect in this fun and futuristic kitchen backsplash.
A modern, minimal straight-set installation naturally forms thin stripes in Brooklinen’s Williamsburg flagship store. The deep royal blue of the ceramic tile is complemented beautifully with white grout.
What's blue, white, and eye-catching all over? Ceramic tile that packs a graphic punch. Don’t be afraid to go bold with blue and white graphic tile–even the most contemporary patterns feel subtly classic with a blue and white palette.
This vibrant kitchen is a perfect example. Interlocking H-shaped tile in cobalt blue makes the backsplash an eclectic and beautiful focal point, while the use of white grout to outline the graphic shape adds a hint of familiarity thanks to the classic color pairing.
White mosaic tile with a navy floral pattern across the floor creates a sweet vintage feel in this beautifully appointed bathroom, and deep blue subway tile along the walls and shower curb completes the look.
Large hexagon tiles are a simple–and stunning–way to achieve a graphic look. This bathroom is awash in blue thanks to hexagon tiles across the floor, walls, and shower, and the white walls and accents balance the blue beautifully.
On the flip side, pairing a white tile or brick with blue cabinetry is the perfect duo in either a kitchen or bath. We love the rustic element our Glazed Thin Brick adds to this bright kitchen.
Blue tile and white grout does it again in this petite powder room. Scalloped tile submerges the space along the floor and wainscoting, offering seaside vibes with a splash of glam.
Historically blue and white tile has frequently been used outdoors, and this serene outdoor oasis shows why the classic color combination has endured on exteriors through the ages. Interlocking blue tile with white grout adds graphic impact and a sophisticated waterfall effect that invites you to sit down and soak it all in.
If a blue and white color combination brings to mind Greek islands, you’ll love this bathroom. Inspired by Greece’s brilliant blues, the Santorini-style oasis features patterned bathroom floor tiles in a gorgeously varied blue glaze paired with white subway tiles throughout the shower. Opa!
We’ve shown you several examples of blue tile with white grout, so how about white tile with blue grout? This geometric kitchen backsplash is done bright with cheerful blue grout that playfully defines the interlocking white shapes.
Upgrade a standard white bathtub with deep blue tile reminiscent of ocean waves. This specialty-shaped ceramic tile gives a bold pop of color to the shower walls of this otherwise neutral bathroom.
Even one small section of blue tile can make a big statement. This kitchen backsplash uses specialty star and cross shapes in a glossy blue glaze with noticeable color variation for high impact. Flanked by standard white subway tile, the blue accent is the star of the show.
Blue and white tile has traditionally been used for porcelain floors and ceramic floors, and at Fireclay we obviously prefer ceramic for its versatility, sustainability, ease of installation, beauty, and more. This navy and white ceramic floor is a simple yet unexpected way to add a graphic punch to any space with its bigger and bolder take on a classic checkerboard pattern.
If you’re looking for a softer blue and white palette, this breezy coastal kitchen should do the trick. The backsplash of triangle tile with a cool light blue glaze is softened even more thanks to white grout, which converges in perfect points in this inviting Hawaiian home.
Slate blue and white will give any space staying power. This slate blue hexagon tile floor steals the spotlight in this primary bathroom, but it couldn't do it without a white tile wainscotting to anchor the space.
Putting a fresh spin on the classic blue-and-white color combination, this modern traditional kitchen uses a lattice-like backsplash of ceramic tile in a cool blue glaze with noticeable variation. The specialty shape adds eye-catching visual interest while also drawing the eye upward to make the space appear taller.
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