Interior design trends are always evolving. Some are fads that come and go, while others are tried and true – staples we use from decade to decade. One trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere is the use of navy in home decor. Homeowners are starting to use black less and less and instead they are incorporating blue in its darkest state which we know as navy. Navy is an extremely versatile color to use; here are just a few different ways to use navy in your decor:
- Accent with white trim. Paint your walls navy and contrast with a crisp white trim, wainscoting, or chair rail. This creates an elegant and upscale design, great for a formal dining or living room. If you’re looking for a more casual design, swap out the wainscoting and paint the crown molding and baseboards white to achieve the same contrast on a smaller scale. Ogden-Layton, UT painters recommend pairing Sherwin Williams Naval (SW 6244) with Pure White (SW 7005) to achieve this captivating look.
- Create a navy feature wall. For a very light and airy room, adding a navy accent wall can amplify the feeling of elegance. In addition, this adds depth as well as creating a dramatic focal point without taking away from the room’s brightness. This design works particularly well in settings like dining rooms, living rooms, basements, and dens.
- Play with accents. If you’re not fully sold on navy, you can add accents to a room that won’t overwhelm you completely. Paint a piece of accent furniture navy instead. An old dresser or side tables painted in this dark hue can add a unique feel to space. Use pops of navy in your accessories window treatments, area rugs, and throw pillows. These play well in rooms painted with neutral shades like blush, beige, and cream.
- Go bold. An up-and-coming trend in kitchen design is painting cabinets navy. This is a very sleek and modern look, particularly when paired with white counter tops and stainless steel appliances or nickel hardware. If you’re looking to put your home on the market soon, this trendy look is sure to catch potential buyers’ eyes!
Contrasting with navy instead of black is a fresh take on home design! Follow these tips to swap out traditional black for the rich and elegant feel of navy. For more information on using navy in your home design, contact Kimberly Paulus, a Sienna Plantation interior decorator.