Interior Obsessions – Navy Blue

By Modern Simplicity • Updated on 02/12/2024

I have a funny relationship with navy.

It’s a great neutral, a super backdrop for shots of color.

It often feels luxurious, and works much like black, without feeling like it recedes into the background.

Navy is a combination of cobalt and black, hard to describe, but you know it when you see it.

But it’s one of those colors that seems to fall in and out of favor with me. Sometimes it feels a little stuffy, a bit old.

But right now I’m in a navy upswing. Inspired by a navy sideboard I saw on Pinterest, I pulled together some great interiors that either use navy a the main color or in an important accent piece.

Because navy really comes across as a neutral, it pairs well with bright colors. Chartreuse, aqua, orange, green, yellow, even violet, all work great with it.

Paired with natural wood, navy is a true winner, as they both make the other look a bit richer. And white is its perfect partner, adding a little light to such a dark color.

Unless you’re specifically going for a nautical theme, you’ll want to play with the ratios of navy to white.

When they get too even, the room tends to look like a military parade.

It’s best to go a little heavier to either side to achieve just the right look.

You can always start with a single wall of paint or tile to dip your toes into the navy world, or play with adding a new piece of furniture in just the right blue.

If you’re still nervous, just start with a navy throw and see if it helps add to the feeling of your favorite room.

(above) Navy and Chartreuse

Navy Brick

Velvet Sofa + Navy Walls

Blue Ceramic Tile + Navy with Orange

Basic Navy and White

What do you think? Would you use navy blue as a neutral base for a room in your home?

Let me know in the comments below.

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.

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Navy is my favorite color! I wear it instead of black. Our bedroom wall is navy and I absolutely love it. Every one of your photos is awesome. My motto is “color is energy”


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(@Pinnacle24_7) (@Pinnacle24_7)

I’m not sure about choosing dark blue for an entire room, it seems a bit moody. But the blue brick accent looks perfect. Was the brick built in or put together as an added accent?

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Oh, I love this. Navy blue can be so classy, and although dark when it’s used in the right amount it can make a space look large, clean and crisp! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos, the bedroom one is my favorite 🙂


I have a recent obsession with navy right now too. I just did a table remodel for Monday with it, and am painting an accent wall in my living room. It is sooo rich and luxe!

Kristin Cadwallader

Love what you said about navy! I totally agree; it has such a beautiful richness that makes anything pop against it! So gorgeous!

Danielle Hardy

I LOVE the blue brick wall! Especially with that shelf going across. Just lovely.


I’m in love with Navy. I have been incorporating it a lot in my wardrobe in place of boring black. Love the way they are incorporated in decor.


I agree with you Robin! And I love the pop of yellow in the artwork for that room too. Great finds Amy!


The room with the velvet sofa looks incredible luxe! Fit for a queen!

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