Navy is one of my favourite luxury interior design colours but it’s so rarely used in interiors; so dreary is the British weather that people tend to go for things that are lighter and brighter. However, when used carefully, incorporating navy into your schemes can make for some incredibly elegant houses.
The Casper fabric is a linen and cotton blend and in one of the deepest colour blues I’ve seen. Consider navy on headboard or bed valance as it will add some great contrast when paired with neutral bed linen. A dark coloured headboard makes more of an impact than you’d assume so keep everything else calm and light to avoid overpowering the room.
For a more concentrated shot of navy, use a fabric like this one on an armchair, footstool or ottoman. A classic square armchair with either a long or short back looks great with stud detailing or delicate piping. Navy works well regardless of the season and in a number of different homes; consider jazzing up a Bedroom corner with an upholstered chair or small sofa.
Colefax & Fowler
£115 per metre >
This wallpaper technically isn’t navy but the rich blue background will pack as much of a punch. I love the idea of wallpapering a small cloakroom, Bathroom or Study. The white pattern makes this paper more feminine and breaks up the strength of the colour. A smaller room can afford to be entirely covered in a wallpaper of this kind, whereas in a room that is larger or has a lot of natural light, it would be better to use this level of colour more sparingly. A floral pattern is perhaps more suited to a traditional home whereas modern homes welcome a contemporary pattern.
Colefax & Fowler
Darcy wallpaper fabric
£62 per roll >
Four navy walls would be a little much in most rooms but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find uses for navy blue paint. Although it sounds daunting, just painting the ceiling can have a wonderful effect on a room, adding drama and character. If you decide to go for it, make sure you just paint the ceiling, leaving any cornices or architectural details untouched and really research the various shades to get the desired effect.
If a smaller area is more appealing then consider painting Kitchen cupboards and joinery, bookcases or furniture. Navy as a colour is so easy to work with; it goes with all colour palettes as well as with every texture and material you could think of. Blue cupboards would be lovely in any style of Kitchen, lending the space an English cottagey feel.
Intelligent Eggshell paint in Deep Space Blue
£30 per 1L >
There are of course hundreds of ways of adding navy accents to your home and if the above feels a little too permanent then try before you buy with rugs, cushions and decorative accessories. The best shade of blue is guaranteed to liven as well as smarten up your home, whatever the size or style.
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