Blue-and-white living room with orange accents

Photo: Douglas Friedman

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Create Cloudless Skies Every Day
Blue walls, white ceiling—it's the color combination's most tried-and-true use. Why not turn that notion on its head? Cotton white walls and furniture feel beachy and relaxed, especially when paired with a first-sunny-day-of-spring ceiling and daring orange accents.

(And about those accents: "It's amazing what colorful pillows can do to a house," designer Jonathan Adler says. "They're like permanently fresh flowers.")

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