Fall is the perfect time of the year to renovate your home. Sandwiched between summer, when we spend most of our time outdoors, and winter, when we go into hibernation mode, fall is when we find a renewed sense of motivation and inspiration to spruce up the nest. Surely that’s why talk of trends always seems to resurface around mid-September. And this season, there’s one trend we can’t get off our minds...
We know what you’re thinking, and no, it’s not terracotta. Though it may be having its moment in the spotlight right now (and for the last couple of years, for that matter), there is another color trend on the rise that is here to steal the show. Seriously, it’s not messing around.
Say hello to Navy.
You may think you know this color. You may think it’s familiar, safe, and maybe even a little passé. It’s hard, after all, to extricate the shade from its millennium-era association with Waspy outfitters like Tommy Hilfiger, GAP, and Burberry. While it’s true that navy is undeniably preppy, it also has the potential to be so much more and designers these days are proving it.
Softer than black, but just as sophisticated, navy is the new hottest color to pair with whites and neutral tones. It’s versatile, meaning you can use it sparingly to punch up a minimal interior or in large swaths to add depth and drama to any room.
And what’s more, navy complements natural materials like wood, wicker, and rattan, enhancing these pieces without cheapening its own deep, striking hue. Like a pine forest next to a brooding coastline—it’s moody and serene all at once.
Quadrostyle customers are actively on top of the navy trend, many requesting custom orders changing black designs to navy blue. One of our recent collaborators, @sweetdomicile, even did up her bathroom in our navy Campagne tile stickers.
Check out this awesome installation tutorial!
You’ll find this shade all over our New Bohemians collection as well, both as a star and as a supporting character in patterns like Hydra, Astra, and Gaia. Apply these prints as wallpaper to embolden the blue, or reserve them for splashbacks, where they’ll provide a welcome textural pop.
Of course, tile stickers aren’t the only way to work with this season’s navy trend. This baseline tone can go pretty much anywhere, with any texture, in any amount. Since there’s really no way to go wrong with navy, this is your chance to experiment—go wild.
If you need some inspiration to get the juices flowing, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Get Your Paintbrush Dirty
If you’re a ‘go big or go home’ type of person, you’re not going to bother testing the navy blue waters with mere accents. You’re going to dive right in by slathering your preferred shade of indigo all over the walls in bold and commanding strips, swaths, and sections.
We’re far from the only ones to declare this the season of navy, so if you’re feeling hesitant to make such a big leap, don’t just take our word for it. Take it from Sherwin Williams, who’s selected ‘Naval’ as the 2020 color of the year.
“Naval is an empowering presence that evokes a sense of confidence. A serene shade with a hint of opulence, it works well with polished marble, gleaming metals, soft leather and sophisticated patterns.”
Get creative with your paintbrush, and apply the blue hue in ways that will manipulate your space. One trick we recommend is to apply a strip of color to your corridors. Painting from threshold to threshold along the ceiling will render even the narrowest hallway more open.
Source: It All Started With Paint
Navy will also look great against a bright white wainscoting or in contrast with a glossy marble or subway tile. The look below actually features both.
Once you’ve completed your walls, you can complete this look with Quadrostyle floor stickers in Navy Claude.
Drape Your Home In Indigo-Dyed Textiles
Go for a soft bohemian look by mixing and matching trendy natural pieces with vibrant dyed fabrics. Bring it all together against a bare, white background and you’ve got the recipe for a cozy coastal bungalow.
This paring is perfect for boiled-down boho bedroom interiors like these. Organically sourced indigo dyes and earthy naturals like wicker and rattan create a sustainable and healthy sleep environment.
Get the look with hand-dyed fabrics like these, available from VT Textiles and Home on Etsy.
$89.00 from VT Textiles and Home
Or swap textiles for tile stickers with any one of our indigo tile stickers motifs that will dance against any white background.
Work With Wood
Navy is a rock star on its own but it really shines when placed against neutral, natural furnishings. Our favorite? Wood.
Wood and navy make a stellar combo, not matter how you pair them. The best part, though, is that it’s a look you can easily apply to any room of the house. See for yourself...
Fit a wooden bench into a navy framed nook in your mud room, like in this bohemian foyer.
Source: Bre Purposed
Contrast hardwood floors and wooden furniture in the bedroom.
Juxtapose wooden bathroom furnishings like this console and mirror combo against a navy-tiled wall (dressed in Quadrostyle Admiral Blue Hexa wall stickers).
For a fun take on the boho rattan chair, give your kitchen nook some character with wood and navy bistro chairs. (Inspired by our East & Lane collaboration!)
Riviera Side Chair – Chevron, $248 from Serena & Lily
Go for Gold
Our final tip for working with the navy interior trend is to play up the luxurious connotations of the tone using sumptuous gilded hardware. Glimmering gold and brass accents stand out confidently against a deep blue canvas, like stars in the night sky. And for such a posh look, it can be surprisingly easy and affordable to put together.
Vasto Metal Frame 24'' Round Mirror, Gold, $58.99 from Houzz
You can find the metallic hardware you’re looking for at any home improvement retailer, such as Home Depot or Lowe’s. If you’re decorating your bathroom, you can also spring for a trendy round, gold-framed mirror, like this one available at Houzz.
And if you’re decorating a kitchen, spring for equally gilded light fixtures like these.
Source: Architectural Digest
Love this look? All you need to complete it are Quadrostyle floor stickers in Stellino!
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