Color of the Month: Decorating with Navy

This month’s Color is cooling off, just like the weather. One doesn’t typically associate blue with fall colors, but navy blue is a different story; it works in every season. What’s great about navy is that it’s a neutral, but it’s also a color. It’s a serious, stable, secure, even moody shade on its own, and it’s the perfect backdrop for more daring colors, patterns, and textures.

Though navy is often categorized as a nautical color, especially when paired with crisp white, it has a place in every decorating scheme and color palette. It somehow even works with black, though that’s still a hotly debated “match.”

Because it’s so neutral, navy can be used in every room.

Try it in the kitchen or dining room; though blue is generally not recommended in eating areas (it’s long been touted as an appetite suppressant), navy has more of a sophisticated look, similar to black. Pair it with pale shades, whites, and metals for a cleanly traditional look; experiment with other colors, sleek materials, and clean lines for a more updated look.

Kitchen by Erica Islas / EMI Interior Design, Inc.
Kitchen by Sealy Design Inc.
Kitchen by Amitzi Architects
Kitchen by Fontile Kitchen & Bath
Dining Room by Cheryl Van Duyne, ASID, RID Interior Design
Dining Room by Heather Fulkerson Interiors
Dining Room by Regan Baker Design

Use navy to create a cool, serene bedroom; it’s perfect for neutral kids’ rooms, too:

Bedroom by Young Folk
Bedroom by Montgomery Roth Architecture & Interior Design
Bedroom by Barclay Butera Interiors
Bedroom by Clean Design
Bedroom by Bryan Humphrey Design and Construction

Improve concentration and productivity in your workspace:

Home Office by City Homes Design and Build, LLC


Add a touch of sophistication and coziness (not a contradiction) to your living room:

Arteriors Tassel Black & Navy Table Lamp
Living Room by Georgette Westerman Interiors
Family Room by JTWdesign LLC

Go nautical – or just sharp – in the bathroom:

Bathroom by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Bathroom by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects
Bathroom by Adam Dettrick Architects
Bathroom by DAGNY RATEL

And of course, navy is a crisp and classic choice for your home’s exterior:

Exterior by Ventana Construction LLC
Photo credit: Peter A. Sellar – Architectural Photographer

Tell us what you think of September’s Color of the Month! What color would you like to see next?