A blue color scheme is a time-honored tradition for any Jewish holiday, whether it be Hanukkah or Passover, or the other eight holidays! I am particularly fond of blue and have acquired through the years a substantial collection of miss-matched (eclectic, that is) Staffordshire dinnerware.
Although it is easy to find blue dinnerware, decor and Judaica, succeeding with blue is not so easy. The key ingredient in creating a calm and sophisticated blue setting is restraint.
1. LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF BLUE
This is the easiest way to master your blue color scheme and is particularly true if you are working with blue and white. Reduce the blue you have to just one or two items. So, if you have blue plates and napkin rings, don’t go with blue serveware. If you have blue serveware and napkins, don’t also do the tablecloth in blue.
It is better to have a little blue in a sea of white, then a little white in a sea of blue. See how the blue stands out in a predominantly white table:
Image from Le Butik Sofie.
2. ADD OTHER COLORS TO BLUE
If blue and white is too stark for you, you can bring in natural tones and other colors. Natural woods and textiles are great with blue. Here, the burlap tablecloth establishes a rustic feel for this table setting and the colored jar candle holders turn what could be country-fied into eclectic.
Photo from The Style Files
3. STICK WITH ONE BLUE
It is really hard to get the balance of different blue shades. I see a lot of baby blue and navy blue together that is just too much. It is easier to succeed with just one blue. See below how one shade of navy is matched with deep browns. When the tone of the blue and the tone of the other colors are similar, the blue doesn’t stand out awkwardly.
Photo from Branco Prata
4. KEEP IT LOW
This is a very Passover-specific tip. Keep the centerpieces low so people can participate and enjoy each other’s company. Here a low vase of roses barely peeps over the wine glasses.
Blue is the most iconic color associated with the Jewish people. Honor it by using it judiciously and may your Passover table bring fond memories for years to come.