Color Roundup: Using Navy Blue in Interior Design

Navy and indigo colors are in natureNavy blue and indigo hues are so useful and versatile in interior design.  These colors can be used in kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms, outdoors, in playrooms and they are great as accent colors as well.  When combined with different colors that you wouldn’t expect – like pink – the pairing creates energy.  With whites – especially with moldings, furniture and fabrics, the look can be modern and classic. White sets off navy blue beautifully.

Lacquered walls in deep navy

Navy toned lacquered walls

Above, the sheen of the lacquered walls keeps this space from being dark despite the deep hue.  Keeping it light also are the white mats – which pop against the navy.  I love how the designer, Todd Romano, also painted the moldings and the door in the same color.

bedroom with navy blue and white

The white in this navy bedroom really pops

The white shutters and other accents really help this bedroom come alive in a beachy, seaside way. I love the navy painted wicker chair as well.  I can’t imagine this room without those white shutters as a headboard!

Using avy and white in a living room color scheme

A beautiful navy and white color scheme in a living room

The deep navy and the white used in this living room helps to update this space.  It’s a very traditional room but the bright graphic rug and the navy on the walls surrounding the mantle – give it a modern touch.

Navy and white color scheme in a bedroom

This navy and white scheme makes me want to re-do my bedroom

This picture says it all.  I just love navy blue and white in a bedroom.

Navy subway tiles in a white kitchen

Navy blue subway tiles can give you a great look without a huge color commiment

If you’re not ready for navy blue cabinets, perhaps adding navy subway tiles could give your kitchen a lift without going all the way with this hue.

Navy blue entryway with white wainscoting

Navy blue walls and white wainscoting in an entryway

What a great way to use navy blue – in an entryway.  The white wainscoting keep it from being too dark.  Love the navy and white carpeting going up the stairs.

Navy walls and teal couch in the "Horchow" catalogue

The teal sofa pops in this living room

The artwork pops against this deep blue wall – but the teal sofa pops too.

Indigo in a studio of office

Deep blue for a studio or office

A deep blue is a great color to use in an office or home studio. Again, the color comes alive against the contrast of white.

Using pink as an accent color in a navy blue room

Pink is a great accent color to use in a navy blue room

Many people think that you can’t marry pink and blue in a room – but here designer Mary McDonald does it beautifully.  It makes the room less serious, doesn’t it?

Navy dining room with many other bright colors

Look how great these bright colors go with navy!

Navy blue goes so well with many other colors – you can contrast it with chartreuse, mustard, yellow, emerald, magenta, black and so many more.

Navy and white stripes on an accent wall

Navy and white horizontal stripes on an accent wall in a playroom

navy furniture is a beautiful way to use the color in your rooms

Navy blue furniture and accent pieces look great in rooms – without going overboard with this color


Bringing navy blue into your rooms with furniture painting

Add a touch of navy blue by painitng your furniture

You can add navy blue in smaller does by using it as an accent wall (as above with the horizontally striped wall by Wendy of The Shabby Nest) or in furniture and accent pieces. The last two images – the beautiful chest by Martha O’Hara Interiors and   the British flag chest painted by my new blog friend, Deny, of A Girl and a Brush give you ideas on how to incorporate this color in small ways.

Van Deusen Blue, Stunning, Old Navy by Benjamin Moore

Some of my favorite navies by Benjamin Moore: Van Deusen Blue, Stunning and Old Navy

So, whether you give it the full treatment by painting an entire room in navy blue or use it in small doses, you will love how this color can really update your space.  So – give it a try.  Personally – I really love the color because it is so dramatic. Yet,  I have only been able to convince two of my clients to do rooms in a deep cobalt blue plaster and both rooms were powder rooms – so no big commitment.  When I can get back to these homes to take proper pictures – I will publish them here.  They are both beautiful.

So, go blue!

Image credits: 1) Little Blue Deer 2) Todd Romano 3) House Beautiful 4) Emily Clarke 5) Kim Armstrong 6) Karen Soojian ASID  7) McKinley Architects 8) Michael Robert Construction 9) Horchow 10) Garrison Hullinger 11) Mary McDonald 12) 13) The Shabby Nest 14) Martha O’Hara 15) A Girl and a Brush



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