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2017 Colour Trend - Navy

Long gone are the days of monochromatic colours dominating interiors, 2017 is shaking things up with the latest colour trend. Navy is here and nothing is stopping it and designers believe it won’t be long before we see it everywhere.


Navy is your new neutral. Image: Diane James Home

From walls to scatter cushions, navy is taking over and you can incorporate this dramatic colour into your home on your terms. 

Navy walls


Add a punch of visual interest by putting navy on your walls. Image: Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc.

If you are ready for a new coat of paint, this bold shade will bring a dose of visual interest into the space and honestly, if you are looking for a visual impact doing so by painting one wall as a focus point is going to work you out much cheaper than bringing in designer elements to give you the same impact.

Working with navy paint can seem daunting but you have two options on how to approach this daring shade. The first is to focus on the colour’s perception - sophisticated. Therefore you can consider using it in serious spaces in your home, maybe a wall-to-wall navy home office or dining room?

The second option is to take color psychology into account. In this case, blue tones evoke feelings of calmness and serenity, meaning navy may be a good choice for bedrooms. Using it on a focal wall behind the bed will certainly draw attention.


Give your rooms a pop of color with some navy furniture. Image: Tim Cuppett Architects

Focus on furniture

If painting seems too much, then consider navy furniture. And although it might be harder to find right now, the trend will continue to grow and will in all likelihood become more available. 

If you can’t wait for the trend to seep into the furniture design world and need your navy fix now, you can always spruce up old furniture with new splash of navy fabric!

To use navy blue furniture successfully, you need to make a choice. Either it should be used as your dominant color, as shown above, or as a statement piece. Be sure to take the size of the room into consideration as you make the final decision.

Navy is a strong color, so too much of it can overwhelm tight spaces and lead to them feeling even smaller. In cozy rooms, a single piece of navy furniture such as an armchair or sofa can easily serve as the room’s focal point. However, if you have the room to spread out, there’s no reason not to buy as many pieces as your heart desires.

Navy cabinets are super on trend.



Consider navy kitchen cabinets to get in on one of 2017’s hottest trends. Image: Heidi Caillier Design

In 2017, we’re starting to see a few alternatives pop up. By positioning itself as a faux-neutral, navy kitchen cabinets are becoming increasingly common.

Pulling off this trend is all about creating contrast. As you can see in the picture above, the lower cabinets are used as an accent against plenty of stark white. Again, this is a situation where connotations come into play. A navy-blue-and-white combo brings to mind images of a clean and crisp naval uniform, which are undoubtedly positive attributes to describe any cooking space.

However, keep in mind that color isn’t the only way to create contrast. Navy blue cabinets can also benefit from being surrounded by a range of materials. Think about offsetting them with smooth marble countertops, sleek stainless steel appliances and a few natural-looking décor elements.

Try navy textiles



Try out navy through textiles. Image: INTRO INRED

If you’re not quite sure where you fall in regard to the navy trend, trying it out via textiles is a great way to see how you feel. Since items such as pillows, blankets and rugs are relatively affordable purchases, textiles are often seen as the design equivalent of dipping your toe in the shallow end of the pool. 


Try mixing different navy patterns and finishes to not overpower a space with a block of navy. The great thing about navy is that it mixes so well with other colours from white to ruby red - so consider what type of space you want. A sunny room can be achieved by pairing navy and a yellow shade, metals and navy work great for a more elegant options while navy and a regal purple will create an opulent look.


Contrast navy and white to bring a calm and clean look to any space. Image: Peterssen/Keller Architecture

What do you think of this navy trend? Will you be giving it a try? Let us know in the comments below.



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