Color My World: How to Use Navy Blue in Your Home

I love this blue with the natural, white oak floors!  From the new Lokal Hotel in Philadelphia by Jersey Ice Cream Co. (Source)

Navy blue is classic and bold.  It looks fresh and preppy most of the time, especially when paired with crisp white.  I have been using navy in almost every project for the past 5-8 years.  Navy front doors, navy offices, navy kitchens, navy bathroom cabinets, navy master bedrooms, navy foyers and, at least one navy dining room.  It’s an easy color to work with, it looks fantastic with wood floors and, once you paint something dark navy, you’ve got your bold move and everything else can be simple.   Do you need some strong style for a smaller room?  Paint the walls and any built-ins in the room navy blue and you’ll have instant panache.

blue and white bathroom
This inky blue tile is fabulous and yes, I am also distracted by the black pumpkin in the corner. (Source)
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A kitchen I designed last year in a cute Denver ranch for Laura Medicus Interiors. (Photo by Sara Yoder)
navy blue foyer
It’s hard to go wrong with navy blue, brass and natural wood tones. The collection of ginger jars on the console table complete the look.  (Source)
navy blue bookshelves
Bookshelves in navy blue are gorgeous, aren’t they? Look how beautiful the reds in the rug look with also. (Source)
I’ve had a few clients who have built-ins from previous owners that are either showing their age, or are an overly orange oak (my new country band name).  Painting older cabinets a dramatic color like navy blue gives them new life and a strong look  (Source)

Blue oblivion, largely lit, smiled and smiled at me.” William Rose Benet.


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