With the return of sunny longer days and color to our very brown and gray New England landscape, I’m ready for the refreshing feeling of Spring! Many of my clients are too since they are following suit in their interiors this Spring with plans for major remodels and redecorating refresh.
So what am I recommending when a client asks for a palette that is on-trend but will stand the test of time? Navy and other blue hues. First, you must know I am a fan of blue, and I still adore the color that we painted our master bedroom 17 years ago (Benjamin Moore 2128-60 Beacon Gray). Crisp blue and white linens and darker blue draperies and upholstered chairs, can’t beat that. I am both soothed and energized by the color every day.
Like in this photo from Cindy Rinfret, you can really see how Navy Blue brings interest to the room.
As a designer, it’s my job to tell you the “why” something works in your décor, not just the “what.” So here are 5 reasons why the color Navy might be the perfect color in your family room, bedroom, mudroom, bathroom, or kids’ rooms.
But Navy is also a major color in Asian-inspired decor, with beautiful blue and white porcelains (so popular now) and Japanese prints like the ones below from Georgica Pond Interiors and featured this Spring at Williams Sonoma Home.
To give you a feel for the span of blues out there here are a few of my favorite Benjamin Moore Navy paint colors:
I know lots of designers like HC-154 Hale Navy, but I rarely select it for my clients because it is so very dark. But if you have a really sunny space, it might work for you. If you want to see all 371 of the blue paints that Benjamin Moore has go here: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/search?q=blue&category=color
That’s all for our review today of Navy and ode to blue! When you’re out shopping in coming weeks, pick up some things you love in blue and white. And call me if you want to refresh a room with blue and need a paint consultation…we’ll choose just the right blue for you!
Barbara Phillips, interior designer and owner of Center Stage Interior Designs, has delivered impeccable window treatments and design services to both residential and commercial clients in Massachusetts since 2001.