While 2019 saw a move from darker blues, navy is making a comeback with Sherwin-Williams’ 2020 colour of the year: ‘Naval’. This rich navy hue promotes a confident, exuberant feel, evoking the power of nature’s dark skies and deep oceans, and the uncompromising glamour of the Art Deco revival. Sophisticated and bold, shades like Naval are a great way to add drama to your home.
How to get the look:
Modernise your kitchen design with navy accents
Navy is a clean hue that works especially well in a cooking space. Give your kitchen an instant refresh by painting your cupboards and cabinets a vibrant shade of navy. For a crisp, modern look contrast with white walls and pale marble countertops. Navy isn’t just for cupboards either; If you want your kitchen to have a cool but quirky look, navy tiles like this vibrant metro tile from Ceramic Planet are a showstopping choice for any kitchen.
Layer navy soft furnishings
If you’re on the fence about the navy trend, you don’t have to commit to a big colour overhaul. Instead, try it out in small doses with textiles and soft furnishings. Navy is a strong colour so if you prefer to keep things subtle, choose patterned textiles that feature navy among other, more familiar shades. Navy works with almost any colour, and a mix of patterns will add depth and interest to your design.
Create moody glamour with navy walls
Keen to create some drama in your space? Navy is your new best friend. It looks especially striking on walls, and it’s a budget-friendly way to create a moody, glamorous ambience in any room. To avoid your navy walls looking harsh or gloomy, contrast with jewel-toned furnishings and highlight with plenty of warm ambient lighting.
Team with warm metallics
Navy looks sleek and sophisticated with cool metallic finishes such as silver or chrome, but for all-out glamour we love navy teamed with warm metallics like copper and rose-gold. Give your room the wow factor with metallic rose accents against a rich navy backdrop. And for extra opulence, coordinate with navy soft furnishings in sumptuous fabrics like velvet.
Use as a backdrop for natural accents
With its echoes of the night sky and the ocean depths, navy is an ideal backdrop for rooms that feature natural elements, and works well as a lively contrast to pale wood and stone finishes. Navy is a versatile hue that can be paired with teal, green and pink shades, so it will add depth and elegance to a botanical themed room, too. Make a real statement with stunning navy botanical wallpaper like ‘Anthriscus Dusk’ from Graham & Brown.