Create a look of elegance and depth in your bedroom by incorporating navy blue into your color scheme.
The dark navy silk drapery and navy walls create a calming oasis in this master bedroom, and the high gloss white enamel paint on the mantel pops against the navy color. The Venetian mirror brings elegance to the room.
Many homeowners shy away from dark colors such as navy blue because they are not sure how to work them into their home's decor. But if you love this deep color, there are ways to incorporate navy into your interior design in ways that will add drama and elegance without being dismal.
This warm, rich hue practically made us drool. Glam up any space by pairing this juicy purple with gold or add vibrant, unexpected color to a modern kitchen — however you use it, it's bound to look good enough to eat!
Bright red may strike you as more of a fall color, but trust us — it works for summer, especially when paired with deep blue, crisp white or light gray.
This tropical hue will instantly transport you to the beach. Try it as a bold accent against neutral palettes or use a softer shade to fill your walls with color that will stand the test of time.
From retro glassware to bridesmaid dresses to delicate French macarons, this color is everywhere. Unlike classic mint, Wedding Mint is softer with gray undertones; think of the soft green of succulent petals or a vintage jadeite platter.
Check your feelings on '80s polished brass — we're talking about the lovely, brushed version that's currently having a moment in the design world. Just look at how the brass accents steal the show in this transitional kitchen.
A warm orange hue with a hint of creamy beige will refresh every room.
Earl Grey is the design equivalent of a cozy blanket: A dose of this color lends warmth to everything from headboards to walls to bedding. A neutral with an edge, this purple-grey color plays well with fall hues, like rich burgundy, soft orange, blush pink and deep lavender.
The watercolor technique has been bubbling up through the design world for several seasons, in both more structured ombre-inspired wall treatments and totally organic designs. These dreamy, drippy patterns would be an unexpected (but totally amazing) element in a traditional beach house, or a natural in a colorful, bohemian bedroom. Not ready for walls? Try a bright, swirled bedspread instead.
Stripes are practically synonymous with summer: Think crisp, preppy rooms and nautically-inspired decor. The wonder of stripes is their versatility. Depending on the color combinations, they can be everything from playful to classically preppy.
Modern burnt coral takes the classic peachy pink shade and turns up the color value a few notches — think something a little more cinnabar or vermillion. This darker, orange-red coral is au courant and looks great with other spring and summer colors.
This dusty pink inspired by the tree of the same name's light pink blossoms captures both the burgeoning pastel trend and spring's essence.
This sunny yellow hue won our hearts with its mood-lifting qualities. Slightly more subtle than Pantone's spring 2014 yellow choice, Freesia, it's still bright enough to bring life to post-holiday interiors. Take down the tinsel and bring on the lemony accents!
While the dark, plummy hue of Italian eggplant lends itself well to late fall decor and tabletops, we’re loving the brighter hue that long, skinny Japanese eggplant varieties bring to the table. See how the vibrant color pops on this upholstered desk chair?
When you think "peach decor," your mind might wander back to the peach-and-teal spaces that were so prevalent in the '80s. But it can look wholly modern when used as an accent color or alongside today's trendy colors, like rich emerald green.
Fuchsia's more delicate cousin, this deliciously fresh hue makes a juicy spring accent. Try raspberry-hued flowers for a small touch, or go big with patterned floor-to-ceiling drapes. Photo courtesy of Romo.
Reminiscent of the nectarine hue in Pantone's spring forecast, this versatile, fresh color can add brightness everywhere from an appetite-creating dining room wall to a floral-and-citrus centerpiece.
This rich brown with its red undertones feels just right in November, when we're bundling up for winter months ahead. This cozy, cozy color warms everything from hair to sweaters to armchairs.
This moody, deep green with a hint of blue undertones makes an amazing impact when used in decorating, so it's no surprise that color authority Pantone named this hue its 2013 color of the year. Though it's trendy, the jewel tone also brings a timeless look when paired with metallics and other rich colors.
Bright white is cool and crisp and feels effortlessly classic and perfectly modern all at once. Whether you add accents or create an all-white space, this icy shade creates cool respite from mid-summer heat.
Coral is so beachy (literally) that we can't help but think of warm, sunny weather whenever we see it. Pair it with deeper palettes of gray or bronze to take your summer accent color right into the cooler months.
Both frosty and fresh, mint is an ideal hue for those months in between winter and spring. This sweet hue evokes the romance of yesteryear, especially when paired with other pastels. Or try it in place of traditional neutral hues, like Coddington Design did in this contemporary bathroom.
No longer relegated to baby nurseries, champagne pink is fast-becoming a new neutral. Especially rich when paired with black, camel or metallic, the bubbly shade can add a refined, feminine touch to any room in the house.
Glossy, saturated grape is masculine and just a touch royal. It lends itself well to textures, from velvet to satin, and depending on how you style it, it can be sophisticated or edgy. The only thing it can't ever be, is ignored.
This glossy, intense yellow is the perfect color stands up to August's scorching sun and is just as appropriate as cooler fall temperatures hit. This happy color steals the spotlight in this contemporary kitchen design.
You know how a hint of lime makes everything – from salsa to a cocktail – just a bit better? The color can have the same effect on a room. Just look how it freshens this white bookcase!
This juicy, saturated pink is at once both searing hot and exhilaratingly cool. Sound like an oxymoron? Add a cerise accent pillow in your living room and you'll see what we mean.
It's no wonder that this watery, always-a-favorite hue was the hands-down winner when we let the readers choose our Color of the Month. It's a favorite for kitchens and baths, like this easy-on-the-eyes master suite.
Tangerine is an ideal late-winter shade because of its unparalleled ability to brighten a room. Simultaneously masculine and feminine, this underused hue looks divine with gray and alongside cool, deep blues and greens.
Pantone's Silver Peony
Silver peony is a misleading color at first: Is it rose? Is it beige? Is that a slight undertone of gray? Alone, it seems tame, almost invisible. But pair it with friends like rose gold and kelly green and watch it stand out.
Navy is a good color friend, pairing well with just about everything. It's neutral and timeless enough that you can outfit a main piece, like this upholstered chair, in the deep blue shade. Photo courtesy of Thibaut.
This festive, rich hue is perfect for the holiday season, pairing well with metallics. It also surprises, looking edgy and sophisticated when paired with a red or a blue that matches its intensity.
This color is at once trendy and classic, so why not go big? Upholster a chair or sofa with it and trust it’ll look fresh for years to come. For an easy color fix, add peacock blue pillows on a bed done in trendy, neutral gray.
Persimmon captures the excitement we feel at the first glimpse of orange, red and gold leaves. The hue blends well with cool grays, or stands strong alongside black and crisp white.
Our inaugural hue can go from young to sophisticated with a spin of the color wheel. We love its glowing, acid nature paired with aqua, chocolate and all tones of pink. But don't go overboard: With chartreuse, less is usually more.
Like other dark colors, navy instantly makes a room more intimate and cozy, so it's a good choice for a bedroom. It is the color of the midnight sky, making it a natural shade in which to fall asleep. While it's one of the darkest shades available, navy offers a more soothing quality than black, and it works well with either contemporary or traditional furnishings.
A color of royalty, navy blue with traditional furniture or antiques—and with light fixtures in gold-toned metals—leads to a luxurious look. Couple it with crisp, white bed linens for balance. Navy can help bring out other design features in your bedroom, such as wainscoting, crown molding and exposed beams. This color also works well as a backdrop for a gallery wall of art or framed family photographs. Because the color is stunning on its own, you can decorate with minimal accessories if you prefer a more streamlined look.
If you're decorating a bachelor pad, navy is a great choice. Incorporate it with strong furniture pieces, light fixtures in brushed metals and clean lines, and brown or grey accents.
If you're unsure about using navy on all of your bedroom walls, try using the color on just an accent wall. A navy wall behind a bed with a large, pretty headboard and piles of pillows creates an inviting look. If your bedroom has a large window, painting that wall in navy can bring the color into your room on a smaller scale, letting bits of the navy show through, and you can pick up the shade in your bedspread, artwork and other accessories.
To keep a room with navy walls from being drab, choose paint with a bit of gloss and pops of color, such as yellow and lime green, in your accessories. Navy can work well in a nursery or child's bedrooms as well. Consider mixing navy with kelly green or orange in a boy's room—or bright pink, purple or red for a girl. A girl's bedroom with navy walls, white furniture and crisp white bed linens with eyelet touches is a feminine look.
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