blue and white cabinet

Photo: Elsie Larson

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If you're not quite ready to commit a room or a piece of furniture to shades of blue, start off small, with strategically placed jolts of color. These kitchen cabinets add polish, with a coat of white paint on the doors that hides a playful splash of brightness inside.

To keep things practical, A Beautiful Mess co-creator and blogger Elsie Larson used satin paint for a glossy and easy-to-clean finish.

Although the interior color can work well alongside assorted, or bolder-hued, dinnerware, Larson kept it simple: "The white dishes made the look cohesive while really popping against the [bright background]."