Navy is the New Black When it Comes to Stylish Decorating Ideas
If you’re looking to add depth and richness to your color scheme without going overboard, navy blue should be your go-to color. No longer just for nautical or patriotic themes, this deep, saturated shade of blue is timeless in home decor, giving a classic, sophisticated feel to any space. Unlike black, navy blue is seldom overwhelming or crowding, and it pairs beautifully with nearly any color.
Whether you’re ready to stage your home to sell and you want to create a stylish setting that will have buyers falling in love with your home, or you’re simply ready to make some updates, let’s look at how you can use navy to elevate your home.
Beautiful Navy Paint Colors
Whether you want to paint an entire room navy, create an accent or use it below a chair rail, paint furniture, or simply have a reference to match fabric swatches, here are some lovely navy blue paint colors to consider:
- Naval by Sherwin Williams – A true, clean navy blue that works beautifully with both soft neutrals and bold pops of color
- Gentleman’s Gray by Benjamin Moore – A deep, saturated navy that has heavy undertones of gray, making it beautiful to pair with lighter, cool-toned gray.
- Gale Force by Sherwin Williams – This navy has beautiful green and gray undertones, pairing perfectly with warm greige, cream, or taupe, and is perfect for a coastal-themed space.
Curb Appeal that Counts
One of the easiest and most effective ways to add curb appeal to your home is to update your front door with fresh paint and shining new hardware. Navy blue is a beautiful color for a front door, especially against red brick or light-colored siding. Because navy is so versatile, you can pair it with a brushed nickel kick plate, knocker, and doorknob, or for a more interesting look, use brass or copper.
Step Into an Elegant Entry
Whether you have a separate foyer, or your front door opens into your living room, you can create an immediate feeling of sophistication and elegance by using navy blue. Consider a warm wall color, such as Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams and crisp white trim for your walls, or go a bit bolder and use navy below a chair rail and a light neutral above. Complete the look with rich, dark wood furnishings, light upholsteries and fabrics, and a natural-toned accent color such as green.
A Rich and Refined Master Bedroom
Blue is a perfect color for a bedroom due to its soothing, calming qualities, and navy is no exception. Create a crisp, modern bedroom with navy blue walls and beautiful, clean white trim in Alabaster by Sherwin Williams and white bedding and cool gray accents, or design a softer look with an upholstered headboard in a linen color and use linen-hued accents. If you’d like to create a more feminine space, add soft pink or lavender accents instead!
An Unexpected Kitchen
While white on white kitchens were all the rage last year, designers are using more color in the kitchen this year. Make your own statement with vibrant navy blue cabinets on the bottom and pale gray on the uppers, such as Knitting Needles by Sherwin Williams, set against white walls, gray granite countertops, and a white backsplash. You’ll be amazed by how it looks!
Even though black or gray cabinets in the kitchen is a more traditional look, navy blue cabinets are still in keeping with a neutral look that’s just a bit unexpected. If you’re not ready to go so far as re-doing the cabinets, add navy blue through your accents and use the same gray and white backdrop. The look is still so much more appealing than white-on-white!