At MHM Professional Staging, we love using color to turn an ordinary house into a buyer’s dream home. Each month, our designers share a color that inspires their designs. This month, our trending color is Naval (SW 6244), a beautifully rich shade of navy blue. Blue tones evoke clarity, pureness, and increased intuition. We chose Naval for our first color of the month for 2020 because it’s the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year—and it’s very similar to Pantone’s Color of the Year: Classic Blue.
About the Hue
According to Sherwin Williams, Naval is a rich navy color that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence. As a shade of blue, Naval is calming and welcoming. Like green, blue is one of the easiest colors on the eyes. Shades of blue are tranquil, peaceful, and non-threatening. It’s a color associated with honesty and reliability. Naval is an excellent choice for a navy color that isn’t too bright or overpowering. Lately, navy blue has become a new neutral in home decor. It’s softer than black but just as sophisticated.
How and When to Use Naval
Use as an Accent Color
Naval works best as an accent color since it has a low LRV, or light reflecting value, of 4. This means it doesn’t reflect much light. Reserve this color for a larger room or a room that gets sufficient light. Use this color for accent walls, rather than painting whole rooms with it. We don’t recommend this color if you are planning to put your home on the market. Since it is a dark shade, it can be difficult to paint over. In addition, dark blues can be too personal for a staged home. It’s best to keep the walls neutral. However, you can still incorporate this color with pillows or throws as an accent.
Mix with a Crisp White
Naval looks beautiful with a crisp white, which really makes the dark blue pop. It looks especially stunning paired with white architectural elements and textures like white shiplap, tile, or marble. There are also great wallpapers that combine navy and white. Wallpapers have been quite popular lately. They add personality to your space and highlight accents well.
Create a “tuxedo kitchen” with navy blue and crisp white. A tuxedo kitchen is when the floor cabinets are a different color than the top cabinets (usually done with black and white). Naval and white is a less expected combination and a fresh and creative take on the tuxedo kitchen.
Mix with Metallics
Just like last month’s color of the month, Greens, Naval also looks amazing with metallics. It works with both golds and silvers. Gold metallics will add warmth to your space, while silver creates a moodier ambiance.
Mix with Greenery
Naval also pairs well with forest green. Add in this color with plants like palms. The texture will help add dimension to your space. The combo of Naval and forest green brings to mind the depths of a wooded area in the evening. This is just what we need in a modern world to satisfy our biophilia (our intrinsic need as humans to interact with nature).
Add Drama to Your Bedroom
Naval is a great color to add to your bedroom. It promotes relaxation and can be more conducive to a good night’s sleep. Paint an accent wall and pull it together with other navy details like wall art or throw pillows. A Naval accent wall can add depth to a small room and make a narrow bedroom seem wider.
Naval is also great for bathrooms since blue is such a soothing color. It embodies serenity and calmness. Turn your bathroom into a retreat with a splash of this color.
You can even use Naval on the exterior of your home to add drama and intrigue. Naval is an excellent choice for an exterior door. Combine it with navy shutters for a cohesive look. This is an easy way to give your curb appeal a boost.
Book a Color Consultation
Color can turn an ordinary house into an extraordinary home. As professional designers, we can help you determine which shades will work best for your home—inside and out. Contact us to book a color consultation with one of our talented designers today.