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Navy Blue Rooms

I've always loved the color blue, and have found navy blue in particular to be a versatile chameleon. I don't think there is a color that doesn't go with navy! There are times when I've even thought "navy is the new black" but have refrained from making such statements. Navy has been hot for a few years now and it looks classic mixed with white, like all those ginger jars we see in decor magazines today.

Then I read an article from the Wall Street Journal (Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2015) discussing how moody blues are on trend, and so I thought it would be fun to show a few combinations of navy with other colors for some inspiration. I focused mostly on painted navy rooms, although adding navy accents through furniture and accessories is another great way to infuse a smaller dose of this blue. So without further adieu let's see some pictures!

Navy with Neutrals (moody blues)

 

Navy & White (classic & crisp)

 

 

Navy & Hot Pink (hot hot!)

 

Navy & Green/Yellow (crisp & clean)

 

A Neutral Palette Is Like...

After reading this month's issue of House Beautiful there was one set of photos that really stayed with me and I knew I had to share! They were from an interview with designer Tobi Tobin about her 100 year farmhouse. What I really appreciated about this space was the creation of elegance through layered textures, shapes, neutral colors and materials such as wood and seagrass. There is just this sense of restrained elegance - the smart use of black striping on stair runners, railing, and mirror frames. The glamorous effect of mirrors and lighting options she chose. And that black and white wallpaper in the guest room just makes it feel like a cocoon you could stay cozy in all day long!

I can also appreciate that she bought some of her lighting from Z Gallerie, which I think is totally accessible. AND she also decided not to gut her kitchen but rather repaint the cabinets black instead which looks so charming and simple. Below are some of my favorite photos (which is almost all of them). To read the full interview click here, and to see all the pictures click here.

 

In her interview she mentioned that she designs for a lot of artists and creates a neutral palette for their homes so they can be free of visual clutter while creating art. I can also relate a neutral palette to a blank canvas or a little black dress - so much potential to customize and reuse over time! If you go neutral with the big ticket items like furniture, walls and flooring you can accessorize with the seasons and stay current with style since it's easy and affordable to swap them out. Here are some ideas using a neutral palette with colorful accessories!